• LAUNCH your company on stage for the first time ever.
  • No screenshots, no press, no social media, no AngelList profile, no nothing! You are hidden and people see your product for the first time on stage. You don’t pre-brief the press, you don’t do a demo day before the Festival. You’re on lockdown!
  • Companies accepted into 1.0 must have their websites behind a LaunchRock (or equivalent) with no product shots or videos on their site. You may have company name, logo, and a box to collect emails. 
  • Any press or pre-briefs will disqualify you from the competition.
  • Not sure if you qualify?  Check out the FAQ.


  • Your company has already launched, and now you have a MASSIVELY compelling new feature or a brand-new product. 
  • You will only be judged on totally new stuff the world has not seen. 
  • The NEW product or feature MUST be significant. Ask yourself these questions:
  • Will press like GigaOm, New York Times, TechCrunch, etc., want to cover the new product or feature?
  • Will the audience pull out their iPhones, snap a picture and say, "WOW"?
  • Not sure if you qualify?  Check out the FAQ. 


  • Seven companies graduating from the very first class of our LAUNCH Incubator will be presenting on stage at the Festival.
  • These companies are NOT part of LAUNCH 1.0 or LAUNCH 2.0 competitions.
  • One of these seven companies will win an award for “Best Incubator Startup.”
  • Want to learn more? Check out the LAUNCH Incubator. 


  • Each panel will be comprised of 4-6 judges, all high-level experts across diverse disciplines within technology and entrepreneurship.
  • Current LAUNCH Fund companies are NOT eligible to win the top prizes of the LAUNCH 1.0 or LAUNCH 2.0 competitions. (Note: The LAUNCH Fund often invests in the winning companies, after the event.)


  • Hacking will start the weekend before the Festival. Five companies will be chosen to present their projects on the main stage. The winner will be eligible for a $100K optional investment from the LAUNCH Fund.