Techie.com and World Accelerator Announce the Emerging Cities One-Word Domain Competition

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Entrepreneurs to compete for high-value domain names to launch their startup businesses

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Techie.com, an online magazine and destination for emerging technology and disruptive trends, and World Accelerator, a virtual accelerator that provides its portfolio companies with an opportunity to build a business on the foundation of a high-profile, brandable domain name, announced today their "Emerging Cities One-Word Domain" competition (EC1).

Brandable, one-word dotcom domains are often sold for six- to eight-figure dollar amounts. According to Business Insider, Yellowpages.com, Insure.com, Sex.com and Hotels.com are domains that sold for well over $10 million each and created the underpinnings of substantial businesses. Simple, generic domains like clothes.com (sold for $4.9 million) or diamond.com (sold for $7.5 million) are worth their weight in gold (or jewels), bringing instant credibility to the startup with the resources to land it. The value resides in simply being an easily identifiable and searchable word. Gary Millin, founder of World Accelerator, discovered the power of exceptional, one-word domain names, and has created a number of thriving businesses simply by starting with a branded domain name, and then building great content and services around it.

World Accelerator is the first domain name driven business accelerator. In addition to providing a high value domain name, World Accelerator provides its portfolio companies with seed money, mentorship, and access to valuable contacts. Alumni.com, comic.com, couple.com, diploma.com, fight.com, teacher.com, FAQ.com, and hundreds of others are available. Interested applicants can review all available domains on the application page at http://techie.com/EC1. "Brandable, one-word dotcom domains are often too costly in the open market for a startup," Millin explained. "By providing our portfolio companies with one of these high-value domains, they are able to start out with a big advantage and instant credibility."

All entrants will have an opportunity to take part in a workshop, where participants will brainstorm ideas, develop their plans, and share ideas. The top three finalists will be invited to present their concepts at a special breakout session at the techie.com "Escape to the Midwest" trade show and conference, highlighting emerging tech in the Midwest region, October 26, in South Bend, Indiana.

"Cloud technologies, telepresence, and a shift away from traditional venture funding and toward incubator and accelerator programs have already started to shift the high-tech startup community to unexpected locations, like South Bend, Chattanooga, and Detroit," said Techie.com Editor-in-Chief Dan Blacharski. "Both Escape to the Midwest and the EC1 Domain Competition will focus on putting a spotlight on innovation that is happening in unexpected places."

Applicants for the competition can find details about the application process at http://www.techie.com/EC1. All applicants will be asked to select from a portfolio of available domains, and to provide an elevator pitch that describes the concept for development and monetization. The entry fee of $50 includes two all-access passes to the conference (a $50 value). The deadline for registration is August 1, and completed applications with brief elevator pitches are due by August 15. "In addition to a great idea, we're looking for entrepreneurs who have a strong leadership team, a workable execution strategy, and some background relevant to the business concept," added Millin.

The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of $1000 on the day of Escape to the Midwest and meet with the World Accelerator team to have a chance to pitch in person their idea and team for membership in the World Accelerator program.

About techie.com
Techie.com is an online destination that covers emerging technology and disruptive trends. Headquartered in the emerging tech hub of South Bend, Indiana, Techie.com aims to produce and present vital content appealing to a broad cross-section of technology enthusiasts. Led by Dan Blacharski – an IT industry veteran, an entrepreneur, and an author on Cloud Computing – Techie.com is one of the first participants in the new World Accelerator, a dynamic, domain-driven business accelerator that is a function of World Media Group. To learn more, visit http://techie.com/.

About World Accelerator
World Accelerator is the first ever Domain Accelerator and gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop a business based on prime Internet real estate. World Accelerator offers capital and mentorship like a typical accelerator. In addition, with ownership of 1,000 tier one domains, World Accelerator is in a unique position to go a step further, providing access to highly recognizable and brandable domains and an engaged audience. Over the last ten years, the cost and time needed to bring exciting and disruptive businesses to market has dramatically compressed. However, building credibility with customers, partners and your brand still takes time. World Accelerator changes this paradigm, turning it upside down, as companies can now start with a powerful existing brand on day one. Led by founder and CEO Gary Millin, World Accelerator has refined its platform based on experiences and success launching businesses on a dozen domains over the last few years in conjunction with teams all over the world. These companies have seen an average of 45% per annum revenue expansion and, today, generate over 20 million visitors a month. World Accelerator is based in New York and is a global platform with affiliated companies headquartered in seven countries on 3 continents and mentors all over the world. Learn more about World Accelerator at http://worldaccelerator.com/.

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