Apply to launch on the Festival Stage
LAUNCH Festival prides itself on having a fair competition.
Jason Calacanis, LAUNCH founder & the most active angel investor in the world, does not select the winners; although, he typically ends up investing in 15 of the startups from the Festival each year.
Fifty startups compete from four pools: applicants to the Festival with a new product (1.0 competition),
a significant new version of an existing product/company (2.0 competition), the LAUNCH Incubator,
and the DEMO Pit selections.
Rules & Requirements
- 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.
- 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 of 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"?
- Seven companies graduating from the LAUNCH Incubator will be presenting on stage at the Festival.
- These 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."
- 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.)