Friday, 27 April 2012

SVForum and Enterprise Ireland Open the Door for Launch: Silicon Valley 2012 Startup Entrepreneurs


SVForum and Enterprise Ireland Open the Door for Launch: Silicon Valley 2012 Startup Entrepreneurs to Go Global While 'Wowing' the Who's Who of Silicon Valley

Signup Deadline Approaches for Startup Entrepreneurs to Compete for Silicon Valley's Top Tech Honors and Up To $500,000 in Seed Funding for European Expansion



REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Apr 17, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- SVForum ( www.svforum.org ), the leading non-profit organization for technologists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, and Enterprise Ireland, the Irish state agency tasked with growing start-up companies in Ireland, today announced a partnership to inspire and support the growing international reach of competitors who launch their new products and solutions at Launch: Silicon Valley. Companies selected to present at Launch: Silicon Valley 2012 in June at Microsoft in Mountain View will be given the opportunity to pitch to representatives from Enterprise Ireland, which can provide up to $500,000 seed funding to companies looking to locate to Europe from Ireland's recently launched International Start-up Fund.
The fund is open to innovative startups with strong teams behind them who can demonstrate that their business has potential to grow in international markets and are willing to locate to Ireland.
"In Ireland, startups work side by side with global players such as Facebook, Google, Zynga, Pfizer, Boston Scientific, Citibank and IBM to name but a few. Ireland's vibrant start-up ecosystem offers entrepreneurs from around the world incubators and mentoring, entrepreneur friendly visa scheme, as well as a highly educated & skilled workforce," said David Smith of Enterprise Ireland's office in Mountain View. "We are delighted to partner with SVForum and Launch: Silicon Valley to open this opportunity to the types of tremendous entrepreneurs that will present at Launch: Silicon Valley this year."
Launch: Silicon Valley 2012, which will take place on June 5 at Microsoft in Mountain View, CA, is designed to uncover and showcase products and services from the most exciting of the newest startups in information technology, mobility, digital media, next generation internet, life sciences and clean energy. Companies that are interested in presenting their products at Launch: Silicon Valley 2012 and be considered for up to $500,000 in seed funding from Enterprise Ireland's International Start-up fund should send an Executive Summary of no more than 2 pages to Launchsv@svforum.org by latest Friday April 27, 2012.
"Working with Enterprise Ireland to bring this type of financial and market opportunity to Launch: Silicon Valley startup competitors/presenters is the type of creative partnership that Silicon Valley and SVForum are all about," said Chris Gill, President of SVForum Board of Directors. "This outstanding opportunity for Launch: Silicon Valley presenting companies is a validation of the success, growth and impact that Launch: Silicon Valley has had since the first event in 2005."
During the past 6 years, appbackr, BLADE, Data Robotics, Dayak, d.light.design, fix8, Industrial Origami, Intelen, Jaxtr, JungleCents, Kongregate (acquired by GameStop), Mobisant, MyShape, Skyline Solar, Smaato, Steelhouse, tenCube (acquired by McAfee), Triggit, Trooval, Truemors (acquired by NowPublic), uTest, Vizibility, Yodio, Zuora, and over 100 other startups leveraged SVASE's annual Launch: Silicon Valley event, to launch their products, raising over $145MM in venture capital, securing customers and partners along the way.
"This is tremendous opportunity for anyone who would like to go global on day one," said Bill Reichert, Managing Partner of Garage Technology Ventures, co-presenter of Launch: Silicon Valley. "Enterprise Ireland with Launch: Silicon Valley is offering an extremely generous program for early stage entrepreneurs to launch in Europe."
About Launch: Silicon Valley
In its 7th year, Launch: Silicon Valley is now firmly established as the premier product launch platform for cash strapped startups. The event, co-presented by SVForum, Garage Technology Ventures and Microsoft, provides the next generation of emerging technology companies with the opportunity to pitch their products to, and network with, an audience of Silicon Valley's top VCs, Angels, corporate business development executives, prospective customers and partners, bloggers and media.
Launch: Silicon Valley is co-presented by SVASE, early stage venture capital firm Garage Technology Ventures and Microsoft, which will host the event at the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View. Additional sponsors include Cooley LLP, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Global Media Strategy communications LLC, Mintz Levin LLP, the Band of Angels, Sand Hill Angels, Wilmer Hale LLP, the Angels Forum, The Kauffman Fellows Program, PR Newswire, Halosys Technologies, Life Science Angels, Foglifter Media, Alchemy Search Partners, Hawaii High Technology Development Corporation, LeadFormix, Link Silicon Valley, and VentureDeal.
About SVForum
Established in 1983, SVForum is a leading Silicon Valley not-for-profit organization. SVForum provides an unbiased source of information and insight to the technology community. SVForum engages the community by creating connections and community, providing education and access to resource and linking the global business community to Silicon Valley. SVForum provides the latest insights on emerging technology trends and best business practices through events, specialized services and resources. SVForum reaches 15,000 technology professionals annually through more than 20 events each month. SVForum partners include global leaders Accenture, Citrix, Deloitte, Genentech, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia and SAP, as well as leading venture capital firms, service providers and the Sobrato Foundation.