Friday, 20 April 2012

Vater Splash Update

One of the best ways to build your business is to stand on the shoulders of giants. At Vator Splash LA, we bring the most successful entrepreneurs onstage so you can learn from their mistakes and be energized by their determination and will to succeed. It is one of the few entrepreneur events where the audience, more often than not, walks away - inspired.

Join hundreds of high-tech influencers for Splash LA on June 7, 2012 between 4 pm and 11 pm at the Highlands Hollywood. Register here for the deeply-discounted Spring Sale prices, before they sell out or expire on May 1.

As always, we want to recognize the most promising start-ups in the high-tech space with our start-up competition.

Here's what some past winners have said:
Vator has acted as a launchpad for my startup in terms of awareness and exposure. As a winner of a Vator competition, my startup enjoyed early traction and buzz. Vator has kept my business relevant in the minds of investors, entrepreneurs and potential employees. I've made many invaluable connections to the investor and entrepreneur community. (Tim Hyer, founder and CEO, Getable) (Funded by Collaborative Fund, Andreessen Horowitz, SV Angel Horowitz, Craig Shapiro)

Udemy was the winner of the May 2010 Vator Splash, and it was perhaps the most important award we've won to-date. Vator Splash is an incredible event in which entrepreneurs are given a chance to showcase their wares in front of a huge crowd of investors, advisors, executives and fellow entrepreneurs. Bambi and team do a great job running the event and bring in top-quality speakers and judges. The event provides results: a significant number of investors, advisors and business development opportunities arose after we won Vator Splash in front of a crowd of more than 200. Furthermore, one of the judges - Dave McClure - ended up investing in our company. Finally, VatorSplash was a great momentum-builder for us as we were getting ready to fundraise. The victory provided social proof to prospective investors and increased our chances of successfully attracting investment. We went on to raise $1M from a great group of angel investors! (Gagan Biyani, founder and CEO,Udemy)
 (Funded by 500 Startups, MHS Capital, Keith Rabois, Russ Fradin, Benjamin Ling, Larry Braitman, Jeremy Stoppelman, Paul Martino, Josh Stylman)

Want to participate in the competition or know someone who is interested in competing for the 10 spots and the opportunity to win fame, glory, bragging rights and a lot of cool prizes?

Apply to the competition here. It's free to enter.

We have a stellar speaker lineup, including the top VCs, angels, investors and incubators in LA, such as Neal Hansch (Rustic Canyon Partners), Bill Woodward (Anthem Venture Partners), Nate Redmond (Rustic Canyon Partners), Sam Tellar (Launchpad), Allen Morgan (Idealab), David Carlick (Rho Capital Partners), David Cremin (DFJ Frontier), Howard Marks (Start Engine), Terence Fung (Senior Corp Dev lead at Zynga), Rick Smith (Crosscut Ventures), David Austin (Media Camp), Paul Bricault (Amplify), Mike Jones (co-founder Science, former CEO of MySpace), Adam Huie (Hatch Labs), Erik Rannala (Mucker Labs), Sam Tellar (Launchpad), Tom McInerney (entrepreneur and angel investor) and Ezra Roizen (Ackrell Capital). You'll also hear keynote presentations from top LA-based entrepreneurs Scott Painter, CEO and founder of TrueCar, which has raised some $250 million in funding and could go IPO this year, and Matt Coffin, who founded Lowermybills, which was sold to Experian for $300 million. Listen to these entrepreneurs share their successes and failures on their journey to building their successful businesses.

We hope to see you at Splash LA this June. Don't forget to get your Spring Sale tickets before they expire or sell out. Those who make the top 10 finalist selection will be reimbursed for one ticket.