SOURCE: Startup DC

October 30, 2012 09:00 ET

Reboot America Summit Announces Presenting Companies for Its Startup Pitch Competition

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Oct 30, 2012) - Reboot America, a national movement focusing America's leading corporations and emerging startups on innovative solutions to our country's greatest challenges, today announced the finalists for its Reboot America Summit Startup Pitch Competition on November 9, 2012.

The pitch competition will map to the specific areas of focus during the Reboot America Summit: Democracy (media, advocacy, and politics), National Challenges (education, health, and energy), and Government and Security (federal, state and local government, national security, homeland security, and cyber security)

The presenting companies include:

  • TroopSwap
  • SimpleEnergy
  • Hallway
  • Ruckus
  • ElectNEXT
  • NewsiT
  • LuminateHealth
  • EthicalElectric
  • Speek
  • SickWeather
  • Traipse Media
  • Karsun

The pitch competition starts at 2:45pm.

"Congratulations to all of our presenting companies. The startup competition and ideas showcase during the event will host the best companies and ideas in these areas of national importance," said Evan Burfield, Chairman of Startup DC. "We are excited to give corporations and policymakers in verticals like education, health, media, government, and politics an opportunity to learn about the hottest ideas coming from startups and how they can work together for various reasons. At the same time, the startups will learn about the challenges of big business, potentially becoming their partners in new projects and business ventures."

In addition to the competition, startups and corporations will have the opportunity to listen to some of America's top founders, executives, and policymakers discuss the big trends and what comes next in innovation including:

  • Steve Case, Revolution, the Case Foundation, and Startup America
  • Dan Yates, OPower
  • Aneesh Chopra, former US CTO
  • Tom Kalil, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Ari Matusiak, the White House Business Council
  • Dan Kasun, Microsoft Public Sector Evangelism
  • Peter Cherukuri, Huffington Post
  • Roy Schwartz, Politico
  • Andrew Rasiej, Personal Democracy Forum
  • Kahlil Byrd, President of Students First and CEO of Americans Elect
  • Jeff Selingo, Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Erik Huey, Entertainment Software Association
  • Alex Howard, O'Reilly Media
  • Ed Bersoff, Amplifier Ventures

Reboot America, created by Startup DC in partnership with the Startup America Partnership and The NYSE Big StartUp, and sponsored by Microsoft and Verizon, is an initiative to connect large corporations and emerging startup companies across key industries for the purposes of collaboration and partnership.

Reboot America Summit

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 5:00pm - 8:00pm ET
Friday, November 9, 2012, 9:00am - 3:00pm ET

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC


Lisa Throckmorton

About Reboot America
Reboot America is a national movement focusing America's leading corporations and emerging startups on innovative solutions to our country's greatest challenges.
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About Startup DC
Startup DC focuses on integrating the various facets of the DC regional startup economy, across jurisdictions and industries, and reaching out to established businesses, policymakers, and universities to implement specific programs to support startups and the broader economy. A key emphasis for Startup DC is aligning entrepreneurial activity with the existing strengths of the region in areas such as media, advocacy, hospitality, financial services, international development, energy efficiency, and government. Through Startup DC, regional startups can also leverage the Startup America Partnership's national network to gain access to business resources throughout the state and country, enabling them to scale more quickly and create more jobs across the region. For more information, please visit:

About The NYSE Big StartUp The NYSE Big StartUp is a nationwide jobs-growth initiative designed to connect young companies and entrepreneurs with corporate America, was launched by NYSE Euronext (NYX) in collaboration with Accion, Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) and The Startup America Partnership. The program calls on the nation's corporate community to lend support, experience and resources to startups and small companies to improve procurement, networking, business development, training, marketing and information sharing. Yelp (NYSE: YELP), LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) are among the first corporations to participate in this endeavor. In addition to information and events to be provided as part of the initiative, a microfinance program called the Accion NYSE Job Growth Fund, started with a $1.5 million commitment by NYSE Euronext, will provide small businesses and startups with the capital and support they need to grow. For more information on The NYSE Big StartUp and how to engage with the partnership or to access a list of programs and events, please visit:

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