TOC 2012 Publishing Startup Showcase - Call for Startups

Call closed 11:59pm 04/18/2012 EDT.

We’re hosting another Publishing Startup Showcase again at TOC and we’re looking for publishing startups to participate. Highlighting the startup ecosystem’s creativity and variety, the Showcase will give you a chance to get your company in front of a global community of leaders in the publishing and technology industries—as well as potential investors.

On Tuesday evening, February 14, we’ll have approximately 15 publishing and publishing-related startups demoing in one large room. If your company is chosen to participate, we’ll provide you with a small table and room for two people to demo—you’ll bring a laptop (or two) and a founder (or two).

TOC attendees and a panel of judges from the investor community will have 60 minutes to visit the demos and listen to your 5-minute pitch. At the end of the hour, we’ll ask everyone to vote on their favorite startup. The three winners (two judges picks and the audience favorite) will be announced the following day during the afternoon keynotes. Each of the winning companies will then give a one-minute pitch and have a short conversation with the judges onstage.

How do you qualify to participate? We’re looking for:

  • Relatively young publishing (and publishing-related) startups that aren’t drowning in investment (yet)
  • Companies incorporating new technologies and/OR innovative business models in their approach to publishing.

If selected:

  • You’ll supply your own laptop for the demos (we won’t provide power, so we recommend bringing two laptops)
  • Wireless internet access will be available, so web-based demos are okay
  • You’ll bring a maximum of two people (at least one of whom must be a founder or C-level equivalent)
  • The week prior to the event, you’ll supply us with a presentation of 2-4 slides that includes screenshots for your onstage pitch in case you are selected
  • You’ll receive a complementary TOC Day Pass that will get you into all of Tuesday’s keynotes, sessions, and events

Submit a proposal

  • Publishers Weekly
  • Ingram Content Group
  • codeMantra
  • Impelsys Inc.
  • SPi Global
  • Baker & Taylor
  • Blackboard
  • Bowker
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Innodata
  • Jouve North America
  • MarkLogic
  • Newgen KnowledgeWorks
  • Océ North America
  • Temis
  • Aptara
  • Atex
  • LibreDigital
  • Media Services Group
  • MarkLogic
  • Smashwords, Inc.

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