SOURCE: Twiistup


October 14, 2009 08:00 ET

Innovative Startups Wanted for Twiistup 7

Flagship SoCal Tech Event Opens Call for Showoffs

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 14, 2009) - Twiistup, Southern California's premier event showcasing innovation and connecting professionals from the worlds of technology, media and entertainment, invites startups to apply for 10 free 'Showoff' slots at Twiistup 7 starting today. Twiistup 7 takes place on Thursday, January 28th, 2010 at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Showoffs at Twiistup have the chance to gain exposure and visibility in front of a mix of investors, entrepreneurs and other influencers in the tech/media industry. This year, a panel will select 10 entrants based on qualities including:

--  contribution to technology, innovation and entrepreneurship
--  value and appeal
--  originality and inspirational or thought-provoking content
--  business potential and team

Winners will be selected in two rounds, the first ending November 13th and the last on December 11th, with preferential consideration given to applications received before the round one deadline.

"Sponsors are paying thousands of dollars for space that we're giving to Showoffs for free," said event producer Francisco Dao. "If you're a startup who wants exposure, there's no reason not to throw your hat in the ring."

Showoff companies will be selected by a panel of the following judges established in the world of technology and media:

--  Jeff Cohn - venture consultant to MHS Capital focused on: online
    marketing services, mobile and software infrastructure.
--  Rick Smith - co-founder of Crosscut Ventures, a Los Angeles-based seed
    stage venture capital firm.
--  Jim Andelman - co-founder and general partner at Rincon Venture
--  Mark Suster - GRP Partners, venture capital. Former VP Product Mgmt & 2-time CEO and entrepreneur
--  Hamet Watt - CEO of WV Labs and Entrepreneur in Residence at True
--  Francisco Dao - Producer of Twiistup

Companies interested in entering for one of the 10 featured Showoff spots can apply on the Twiistup Web site at

A limited amount of passes are available for media and bloggers. Media who would like a complimentary ticket to the event should email a request to

About Twiistup

More than a conference, Twiistup can best be described as a technology EVENT. Twiistup combines a showcase for innovation, a platform for thought leaders and an audience of entrepreneurs, media and investors all wrapped in a unique, stylized environment that rivals a Hollywood production. At every Twiistup, 10-12 Internet/Digital Media startups are selected to present in front of our audience, followed by sessions from an eclectic group of business leaders and successful entrepreneurs. As SoCal's flagship technology event, Twiistup draws its audience from across the country.

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