Web 2.0 Expo New York 2009 Launch Pad

Call closed 11:59pm 10/02/2009 EDT.

The Opportunity

Launch Pad

For 2009, we continue the tradition of showcasing innovative and promising new companies at Web 2.0 Expo. While the definition of a launch has gotten cloudy in this age of public betas, we’re looking for new companies or products that make us take notice. And while venture capital has been the focus in past years, the reality of the market is that companies must gain the attention of customers. So our judging panel and criteria this year focus more on what is essential and transformational in today’s market than on ability to get funded. Along the way, we’re sure the VCs in the crowd will find several startups they’d like to talk to!

Launch Pad will take place at Web 2.0 Expo New York on Wednesday, November 18 at 9:30am – 10:30am.

The Approach

  • Entrants do not need to launch their company or a major product/service to qualify.
  • All proposals will be reviewed before Web 2.0 Expo by our panel.
  • The judging panel will be comprised of industry experts who will review Launch Pad companies for their value to their market (consumer, enterprise, etc.).
  • Judges will select about five finalists, each of whom will have five minutes to pitch on stage, in front of the Web 2.0 Expo audience (the largest gathering of the innovators in the Internet industry) and the panel.
  • Each company will receive feedback on its presentation from both the panel and the audience.

Launch Pad Finalists – The Chosen Five

These five companies will be chosen by a panel to present on stage at Web 2.0 Expo New York, November 18, 2009. Each will have five minutes to present their company or product and will receive real-time feedback from a panel of industry experts and the audience.

Foodspotting—Adaptive Path
Foodspotting is a visual local guide that lets you find dishes instead of just restaurants. It’s powered by Foodspotters, who can earn recognition for sharing their food photos and expertise while enabling Foodseekers to find whatever they’re craving and see what’s good wherever they go.

Earth Aid
Earth Aid
Earth Aid has developed the Mint.com for energy and the Yodlee for utility datastreams. Earth Aid liberates utility datastreams – electric, gas, & water – today and mashes them together in one place, making them more userful for households, for analysis, and for all of us.

Apstrata is the easiest, most secure and most cost effective way to manage data storage for Internet-connected applications. The Apstrata Data Hub is an on-demand, elastic, Cloud-based database service that provides Web applications and Mobile applications a managed service to store their application data and digital files.

Neighborhoodr is the first reader-generated hyperlocal blog network of it’s kind. Built on the easy to use Tumblr platform it allows anyone to find, read and share what is happening in their neighborhood without having to login or register.

Set Jam
Set Jam
Responding to the ever growing number of legally available TV shows and movies scattered across the web, and the increasing demand of millions of people to watch whatever they want, whenever and wherever they want it, SetJam has built an easy to use, specialized search engine that for the first time makes, what is collectively the largest library of full-length TV shows and movies in the world, as easy to watch as traditional TV.

Please contact Natalia Dugandzic for more information on Launch Pad at ndugandzic@techweb.com or 415.947.6709.

  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Awareness
  • Blue Kiwi Software
  • Ericsson Labs
  • Jive Software
  • Layered Technologies, Inc.
  • Neustar, Inc.
  • OpenText
  • Opera Software
  • Overtone
  • Qtask
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • Sony Ericsson

Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

Rob Koziura
(415) 947-6111

Download the Web 2.0 Expo New York Sponsor/Exhibitor Prospectus

Media Partner Opportunities

Kaitlin Pike
(415) 947-6306

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