Competition

LAUNCH 1.0

  • 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.

LAUNCH 2.0

  • 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. 

LAUNCH INCUBATOR

  • 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

JUDGING

  • 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.)

HACKATHON

  • Hacking will start the weekend before the Festival (Feb 27-March 1). 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. 

PAST WINNERS

  • MINT (2007) - SOLD TO INTUIT
  • YAMMER (2008) - SOLD TO MICROSOFT
  • DROPBOX (2008) - RAISED $257M
  • FITBIT (2008) - RAISED $68.1M
  • TRUECAR (2008) - IPO $1B VALUATION
  • RED BEACON (2009) - SOLD TO HOME DEPOT
  • CLICKER (2009) - SOLD TO CBS
  • HIPMUNK (2011) - RAISED 20.2M
  • ROOM77 (2011) - RAISED $13.5M
  • ZEPP LABS (2011) - RAISED $20M
  • STACK OVERFLOW (2011)
  • SPACEMONKEY (2012) - RAISED $2.25M
  • ALLTUITION (2012) - RAISED $1.5M
  • BOXBEE (2013) - RAISED $2.3M
  • CONNECT (2014) - RAISED $15.9M

VOLUNTEERS! APPLY HERE.