Oakland, California (PRWEB) March 15, 2016 -- On May 12, about 1,000 entrepreneurs, investors, media will descend in Oakland for Vator's annual Splash Spring event, a premier tech startup event and competition, held since 2010. The event will bring together tech luminaries, who share best practices on how to build and scale great successful companies, how their industries are changing, and the opportunities those changes are creating. It also gives the audience a chance to mingle with top venture capitalists and angels who are funding tomorrow's next Uber and Facebook.
New to the program this year, The City of Oakland, Visit Oakland, and Vator have partnered to launch “Oakland’s Rising Stars” program, in recognition of the top 25 emerging startups that have embraced Oakland as their home. 25 rising stars will be selected (by a combination of popular vote and evaluation by the City of Oakland, Visit Oakland, and Vator). Please let your favorite Oakland-based tech startups know to apply! Information and application are available here.
"Even though Splash is a global competition and event, attracting entrepreneurs and investors throughout the Bay Area, we're thrilled to also help build momentum around Oakland's tech scene," said Bambi Francisco, Founder and CEO of Vator. "Splash has always been a celebration of entrepreneurship. So helping to create awareness around starting companies and innovation in emerging hubs has always been a goal."
Startups presenting and speaking represent some $5 billion in market capitalization, while investments under management represented by the attending investors is up to $15 billion, underscoring the quality of speakers lined up for the event.
"We've been a proud sponsor of the Splash events for 5 years," said Jed Katz, Managing Director at Javelin Venture Partners. "Bambi and her team do a fantastic job attracting a high caliber of intriguing start-ups, and the discussions are always top-notch."
Some prominent speakers include: Nigel Eccles (CEO & Co-founder, FanDuel ), Oisin Hanrahan (Co-Founder & CEO, Handy), Andy Dunn (Founder & CEO, Bonobos), Sarah Leary, (Co-Founder, Marketing and Operations, Nextdoor), Bambi Francisco Roizen, (Founder and CEO, Vator), Brett Wilson (Founder & CEO, TubeMogul), Justas Janauskas (Founder 7 CEO, Vinted), Libby Schaaf (Mayor, City of Oakland), Mitch Kapor (Founder, Kapor Center for Social Impact), Josh Stein (Partner, DFJ), Eva Ho (Partner, Susa Ventures), Erik Moore (Partner, Base Ventures), Paul Martino (Partner, Bullpen Capital), Jed katz, (Managing Director, Javelin Venture Partners), Erik Rannala, (Co-Founder & Partner, Mucker Capital), Ezra Roizen, (Managing Director, Vator Investment Club), Jules Maltz (Partner, IVP), Wes Selke (Partner, Better Ventures), Cindy Padnos (Partner, Illuminate Ventures), and many more.
A main attraction of this popular event is the Vator Splash Competition, one of the best startup competitions that has put 180 startups on stage. Since 2010, those startups have collectively raised more than $800 million in follow-on capital. It's free to enter and present. Apply here.
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