February 22, 2012 08:00 ET

DEMO Spring 2012 Accepting Demonstrator Applications From Top Innovators Until March 1

Microsoft and AARP Return for DEMO Spring Offering Student Alpha and Demonstrator Scholarships

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 22, 2012) - The DEMO Conference, world-renowned for launching the most innovative companies in enterprise, mobile, cloud computing, consumer, social media and disruptive technologies, has announced that the application process for established and emerging technology companies has been extended until March 1, 2012, at DEMO Spring 2012 will take place April 17-19, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, CA.

Building on the success from the Fall 2011 conference, DEMO once again will provide full and partial scholarships to deserving applicants who are accepted to launch at the spring event. Microsoft, through its BizSpark program, will provide 10 scholarships for the Student Alpha program. AARP will also award three Demonstrator scholarships for companies targeting the 50+ market and for companies with founders over 50. The deadline for scholarship applications is March 1, 2012, at

In preparation for DEMO Spring 2012, the nationwide DEMO Innovation tour is traveling across the country, and interested entrepreneurs can apply for a 30 minute private meeting with the DEMO team and leading venture capitalists in each location. DEMO Innovation tour stops include:

"DEMO prides itself on a proven pedigree of innovation. The quality of our applicants each year continues to reinforce this, as does the caliber of our attendees from the venture, press and entrepreneur communities," says Matt Marshall, executive producer of DEMO. "We're very excited to see what advancements demonstrators launch from the DEMO Spring 2012 stage."

DEMO Spring 2012 marks the 22nd anniversary of this semi-annual conference that brings together a global audience of press, venture capitalists and savvy entrepreneurs -- all of whom attend DEMO to discover, invest in, or launch the latest technologies.

In addition to the scholarship opportunities, DEMO offers companies a tiered pricing structure based on current levels of funding. DEMO participation for bootstrapped companies is $8,000; Angel funded companies is $12,000; and A round (or higher) funded companies is $18,500. DEMO Spring 2012 will cover the full range of the technology product life cycle -- from concept to product launch -- with a proven mix of six-minute demonstrations of new products and technologies; one-on-one chats with industry experts and successful entrepreneurs; stellar networking opportunities; and keynotes from some of the biggest names in technology.

Additional programming expected for DEMO Spring 2012 includes:

  • DEMO Graduate Program - An opportunity for venture capitalists, Angel groups, and business service providers to host a special function for the DEMO Spring 2012 class of demonstrators.
  • DEMO Showcase - A platform for demonstrating companies to provide an in-depth look at the innovative products and services that support the tech ecosystem to DEMO attendees;
  • AlphaPitch Program - A program featuring 90-second presentations from early stage companies in the prototype or development stage of their product lifecycle;
  • DEMOgod and People's Choice Award Ceremonies - The exciting closing event where DEMOgod winners are announced and one company will receive $1 million worth of media exposure from IDG;
  • New networking opportunities with angel investors;
  • Dynamic new experience in the DEMO pavilion with a second stage

Visit a newly re-launched to get more information on the DEMO conferences, including DEMO Spring 2012, and to reserve your spot today to get a sneak peak at the headline makers of tomorrow.

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About the DEMO Conferences

Produced by the IDG Enterprise events group in conjunction with VentureBeat, the DEMO conferences in the United States, Asia and Brazil focus on emerging technologies and new products innovations, which are hand selected from across the spectrum of the technology marketplace. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies, and have served as launch pad events for companies such as Palm, E*Trade, Handspring, and U.S. Robotics, helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters. For more information on the DEMO conferences, visit

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