STIA, Vator & Announce the Call for Entries for the 2nd Annual SemTech Start-Up Competition

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The program will identify the best-of-breed startups in the Semantic Technology and Semantic Web Space.

“Great innovations and valuable applications of semantic technologies are now being developed. SemTech is a wonderful opportunity for these companies and projects to get exposure and possible funding relationships,” Don Butler, Managing Director, Thomvest

STIA, Vator and (a division of WebMediaBrands Inc., Nasdaq: WEBM) are seeking to identify and recognize promising start-ups in the SemTech and SemWeb space. STIA, Vator, & are hosting the 2nd Annual 2011 SemTech Start-Up Competition, which is currently accepting entrants from midnight April 15th until May 15th, 2011. Winners will receive an overall prize package totaling over $12,000.

The Semantic Technology Conference (#SemTech) is the world’s largest conference on the commercialization of semantic technologies, bringing the most recognized names, knowledge, leadership, and innovation in the semantic community together.

“This promises to be a fantastic competition. Great innovations and valuable applications of semantic technologies are now being developed all around the world at an incredible pace. SemTech is a wonderful opportunity for these companies and projects to get exposure and possible funding relationships” said Don Butler, Managing Director, Thomvest.

Seed Stage Companies, FP7 Projects, NSF Funded Projects and University Projects encouraged to apply are those with a demonstrable “beta” product in the SemTech and or SemWeb space. Companies and projects can be located anywhere but must have the financial means to attend SemTech 2011.

The contest consists of two rounds. The first of which, is based on a popular vote where the top 10 contestants are chosen to move forward. There is no fee to participate in Round One. If voted one of the top 10 semi-finalists there is a $4,000 fee to participate in Round Two which includes a SemTech package of 1 Full Conference pass, a Table Top exhibition space on the exhibit floor Tues. and Wed. and a 6 minute live pitch session including Q&A on Wednesday June 8th, between 12:15-1:30 PM in front of the panel of judges, angel investors, VCs, industry thought leaders, peers, media and relevant SemTech attendees.

During Round Two, an interdisciplinary panel of judges will rate the finalists on their competitive and technological advantages, management team, commercial viability, utilization of semantic technology and innovation. The winner will be announced on June 8, 2011 and will receive a prize package worth $12,000 consisting of a 2012 Silver Sponsorship package (priced at $7,000) a 30-minute speaking slot at the official 2012 SemTech West Program (valued at $3,500) one full conference pass for SemTech West 2012 (valued at $1,795)

Be part of the unveiling of the most promising new projects, products and seed stage companies in the SemTech and Semweb Space. The SemTech Start-up Competition provides unprecedented access to the SemTech and SemWeb future and introduces you to the people, projects and companies who are creating the future. To register to the competition please visit

Semantic Technology Institute Americas Inc. STIA’s strategic mission is to build a diversified Semantic Technology/Web company focused on driving commercial adoption of cutting edge semantic technology advances. STIA exclusively licenses, represents, develops, exploits and commercializes breakthrough Semantic Technologies and Semantic Web discoveries in partnership with seed stage start-ups, the European Union FP7 projects, world-class universities and leading scientists.

Vator (short for innovator) is one of the largest business networks dedicated to high-tech entrepreneurs. Founded and run by veteran and award-winning journalist Bambi Francisco, Vator consists of, a leading platform for entrepreneurs and innovators to connect and learn from one another. has more than 60,000 members and high-tech companies, using the service to effectively communicate with their partners, investors, media and customers. VatorNews is Vator's news site focused on innovation and entrepreneurship with 350-plus contributors.

WebMediaBrands Inc. (Nasdaq:WEBM - News) (, headquartered in New York, NY, is a leading Internet media company that provides content, education, and career services to media and creative professionals through a portfolio of vertical online properties, communities, and trade shows. The Company’s online business includes: (i), a leading blog network providing content, education, community, and career resources (including the industry’s leading online job board) about major media industry verticals including new media, social media, Facebook, TV news, sports news, advertising, public relations, publishing, design, mobile, and the Semantic Web; and (ii), a leading network of online properties providing content, education, community, career, and other resources for creative and design professionals. The Company’s online business also includes community, membership and e-commerce offerings including a freelance listing service, a marketplace for designing and purchasing logos and premium membership services. The Company’s trade show and educational offerings include conferences, online and in-person courses, and video subscription libraries on topics covered by the Company’s online business.

For more details or to enter the SemTech Start-Up Competition, visit For information regarding SemTech 2011 or to register for the conference, visit

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