Gust Launches New York City Startup Contest, Offering Prizes of Investor Access and World Class Support in Silicon Alley

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Winners will receive 3 months of incubator workspace and support, mentorship from Super Angel Investor David S. Rose, and the opportunity to pitch the city’s top investors.

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Gust has been an active participant in New York’s transformation into a center of innovation. The City now attracts many of the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, and we look forward to this exciting challenge to find the next best startup.

Gust, the global investor relations platform connecting high-growth entrepreneurs and active early-stage investors, today launched CATAPULT NYC 2013, a contest for New York City-based startups. The First Prize winner of the competition will receive 3 months of workspace and support in the Greenhouse Incubator in the heart of Silicon Alley, as well as mentorship from David S. Rose, CEO of Gust, prolific investor and serial entrepreneur, who was dubbed by Business Week as “The Pitch Coach” for his work with early-stage entrepreneurs. At the conclusion of the three month contest, the winner will have an opportunity to pitch members of New York Angels, the most active angel investment group in the U.S. at its monthly screening session. The Second Prize winner will also receive presentation coaching from David S. Rose and an opportunity to pitch at a New York Angels screening session.

“We are excited to support New York City’s thriving technology and startup community through CATAPULT NYC 2013,” said David S. Rose, CEO of Gust. “Over the last decade, Gust has been an active participant in New York’s transformation into a center of innovation. The City now attracts many of the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, and we look forward to this exciting challenge to find the next best startup.”

Participating companies will be judged on a number of factors, including strength of business plan and revenue strategy, product/service, team, marketing plan, financials, and overall viability. There will be two rounds of judging: a preliminary screening round carried out by industry experts, and a final round judged by leading independent New York City angel investors.

There is no cost for submission. Registration for CATAPULT NYC 2013 is restricted to for-profit, New York City-based startups focused on innovative web, social, financial, mobile, green tech, entertainment, health, or media technologies. All applicants must have raised less than $250,000 in funding by the date of submission. The application process opens on September 18, 2013 and closes on November 18th, 2013 at 11:59pm EST.

To register for CATAPULT NYC 2013, entrepreneurs should create a profile for their startup at http://www.Gust.com and submit their application to CATAPULT NYC 2013. All applicants that publish their startup profiles by November 18th will be automatically added to the contest collection on Gust which will prominently display the company profiles on its website. Gust profiles contain the basic information investors use to evaluate companies for possible investment and can be used to apply for funding and manage future investor relations.

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 1,000 investment organizations in 65 countries. More than 180,000 start-ups have already used the platform to connect and collaborate with over 40,000 individual accredited investors. Gust is based in New York, NY, with a European office in Paris, France. Please visit http://www.gust.com for more information.

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