Startup DC Pitch to Win Competition

August 15, 2012

5:00 pm

The DC regional startupland is producing startups that are all about changing the world. Everybody is hearing about LivingSocial, OPower, and HelloWallet, but what about all the other great startups that are ready for their moment to shine? If you enter the Startup DC Pitch to Win Competition, then you could win free entry to DEMO 2012 in San Francisco from October 1 through 3. At DEMO 2012, you can showcase your world changing idea and serve as an ambassador for DC startupland.

For over 22 years, DEMO has served as a premier launch pad for emerging products and trends. If you’re selected to launch at DEMO, you receive PR support and communications training with a national public relations agency, a review of your demo and pitch with a professional pitch coach, a technical rehearsal of your demo with a DEMO production team, on-stage rehearsal and feedback, and then post-event promotion of your launch video across the web. More importantly, DEMO puts you at the epicenter of investors, media, and partners interested in the latest products.

The Startup DC Pitch to Win Competition is simple. First, make sure you’re a member of Startup DC. If you’re not, then quickly join at and select “DC” as your region (this contest is open to those of you in other regions too!).

Second, grab your team, your product, and your video camera to make a creative one minute pitch video that highlights the problem your product is solving, why your solution is innovative, and why your team is the one that can successfully bring your product to market.

Third, once you’ve entered, make sure you get your customers, friends and family to vote for you during the public voting period from August 18 to 23.

Entries close on Friday, August 17 at 5pm. You can submit your video and vote at

A panel of independent judges will then select the Startup DC winner, who will be announced at the TechCocktail Startup Showcase & Mixer on August 23. The winner will be entered as a finalist in the national Startup America contest, where four companies will be chosen by the DEMO organizing committee for the free passes to DEMO.

We need to shine a giant spotlight on the great work in DC startupland, so let’s make sure that a DC startup is one of the four companies going to DEMO 2012 for free!

Guest author Evan Burfield is passionately committed to turning the DC region into the center of entrepreneurial efforts to reinvent America. A serial entrepreneur, Evan is the chairman of Startup DC, the chairman and founder of Synteractive, a mentor and limited partner with The Fort, and co-chair of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Innovation Network. He also sits on the boards of advisors for startups including Lemur, Ivy’s, Hallway, and Study Hall. Evan holds bachelor’s and master’s Degrees in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Oxford.

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