VentureBeat Hosts 2nd Annual Startup Contest at SXSW

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Powered by Buzzstarter, Asks Founders to Pitch Themselves for a Chance at $100K+ in Cash, Prizes, Access to Leading Venture Capitalists, and a Chance to Participate in 500 Startups’ Next Batch

“By entering VentureBeat’s contest, they (entrepeneurs) ensure themselves of being seen by influencers, including staff writers, venture capitalists, and potential business partners,” said Ken Zi Wang, Buzzstarter Co-Founder & CEO.

The editors of VentureBeat, a media company that covers disruptive technology and explains why it matters in our lives, has announced, the second annual tech startup pitch contest which will be held at SXSW. Powered by technology-enabled distribution platform for creative content, Buzzstarter, will allow startups to pitch their companies in “30 seconds or less,” then let fans vote for their favorite startups in several different categories. The contest will run for the duration of SXSW Interactive and beyond, from March 7 to March 17.

“With hundreds of startups attending South By each year it becomes increasingly difficult for entrepreneurs to break out and create buzz for themselves,” said Ken Zi Wang, Buzzstarter Co-Founder & CEO. “By entering VentureBeat’s contest, they ensure themselves of being seen by influencers, including staff writers, venture capitalists, and potential business partners.”

How It Works:

Entrepreneurs pitch their startup on camera to the official team in under 30 seconds. After the video of their pitch is posted, startups can promote their link on Fandrop to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and G+. Those with the most votes and “shares” will win. At, voters will be able to see a startup’s interview answers.

Enter Now:

Startups will compete in more than ten categories, including Best Mobile, Best Consumer, Best Bootstrapped, Best Overall, Investors’ Pick, and VentureBeat Pick, along with daily winners. The $100K+ prize package includes investments, app packages, a meeting with the VentureBeat staff, a meeting with Dave McClure and a potential spot in 500 Startups’ next batch. The competition runs from the start of SXSW Interactive on March 7th and ends on March 17th. Fans can vote starting March 9th and ending on March 17th. Daily winners will be announced at Other category winners will be announced on March 21th.

To enter, visit:

Sponsors and Partners:

UberConference,, Co Founders Lab, Usertesting, Pop.CO, Indinero, Swooptalent, FRB, Nephoscale, Juno Labs (With special mention to Juno Labs LLC for providing Juno chargers and a tablet PC for the contest)

About VentureBeat

Founded in 2006, VentureBeat has emerged as one of the “best blogs on the web” according to The New York Times, offering 5 million readers per month (Source: comScore) unparalleled insight into the most relevant emerging technologies, trends, companies, and the business opportunities they create. Led by Matt Marshall and a team of experienced journalists, the company has grown into the leading source for breaking news and in-depth reporting on a range of technology trends—from social to mobile, to cloud technology, clean technology and gaming. The company also brings the community together several times per year with its own executive-level conferences including: Mobile Summit, MobileBeat, CloudBeat, and GamesBeat. For more information, visit:


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