Gust and DEMO Announce Fall 2012 Scholarship for an Exceptional Startup

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Winner Will Launch New Product at World-Renowned DEMO Conference in October

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Gust, the global investor relations platform integrating essential collaboration tools for both entrepreneurs and investors, and DEMO, a launchpad for emerging technology and trends, announced they are partnering to offer the Fall 2012 Gust-DEMO Scholarship. The scholarship will grant one outstanding startup the opportunity to debut a new market-revolutionizing product at the Fall 2012 DEMO Conference at no cost. The DEMO Conference will take place on October 1st through October 3rd at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California.

“The Gust-DEMO Scholarship is symbolic of our commitment to fostering a rich and vibrant investor-entrepreneur ecosystem,” said David S. Rose, CEO of Gust. “DEMO shares our values in highlighting entrepreneurs that are fundamentally changing the way business, technology, and a host of other sectors operate. We launched Gust at DEMO, and are honored to continue our partnership with DEMO and to channel our enthusiasm and vision for the growth of the early-stage environment into this scholarship opportunity.”

The recipient of the scholarship will have the opportunity to debut a new product in the presence of prominent investors, top enterprise and consumer technology press, connected corporate IT professionals, and big company strategists among others at the two-day conference. The DEMO conferences have earned a reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies, and have served as launch pad events for companies such as Palm, Kiva, E*Trade, Handspring, and U.S. Robotics, helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters.

“The DEMO Conference is the preeminent industry gathering to interact with and discover the most creative, game-changing startups, and Gust is the preeminent investor relations platform for game-changing startups” said Neal Silverman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of DEMO. “The startup and product that are selected for the Gust-DEMO Scholarship will need to be able to fill a glaring hole in the market, or create a new market entirely. We want something to debut on our stage that can solve a real-world commercial problem.”

To be eligible to apply for the Gust-DEMO Scholarship, and to launch on the DEMO stage this fall, the applicant’s product must:

  •     Solve a commercial problem;
  •     Make an impact or change the marketplace into which it is introduced, or create a new market;
  •     Have a business plan and a management team capable of delivering the product to market; and
  •     Make its public debut at the DEMO conference.

Products that are not eligible include:

  •     Products currently in public distribution (i.e. as a launched product or as publicized beta test);
  •     Upgrades to an existing product;
  •     Products entering an already saturated market category with little market differentiation; and
  •     Products that have been widely covered by technology and business media.

Startups can apply for the scholarship on Gust.com from now until August 17, 2012; incomplete applications will be disqualified without any consideration of partial information received. To learn more, please visit the Fall 2012 Gust-DEMO Scholarship.

About Gust
Gust provides the global platform for the sourcing and management of early-stage investments, enabling skilled entrepreneurs to collaborate with the smartest investors by virtually supporting all aspects of the investment relationship, from initial pitch to successful exit. Gust is endorsed by the world's leading business angel and venture capital associations, and powers over 750 investment organizations in 65 countries. More than 185,000 start-ups have already used the platform to connect and collaborate with over 35,000 individual accredited investors. The company was founded in 2004 under the name Angelsoft and is privately held. Gust is based in New York, New York, with a development center in Vancouver, British Columbia, and European office in Paris, France.

About DEMO
Produced by IDG Enterprise events group, the DEMO conferences in the United States and China focus on emerging technologies and new products innovations, which are hand selected from across the spectrum of the technology marketplace. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies, and have served as launch pad events for companies such as Palm, E*Trade, Handspring, iRobot, Kiva, U.S. Robotics, VMware, and WebEx helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters. Each DEMO conference features approximately 70 new companies, products and 30 Alpha stage pitches. For more information on the DEMO conferences, visit http://www.demo.com.

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