SOURCE: Startup America Partnership

Startup America Partnership

August 07, 2012 16:14 ET

Startup America Regions Host Contest to Send Eight Lucky Startups to DEMO Fall 2012

Winners From Across the Country Will Head to Premiere Silicon Valley Launch Event

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Aug 7, 2012) - On Wednesday, August 8th, the Startup America Regions will unveil a nationwide contest to send eight startup companies from across the country to launch at DEMO Fall 2012. Of the eight startups, four will receive space at the DEMO Showcase Pavilion and four will present on the main stage, following in the footsteps of companies like E*TRADE, Salesforce and TiVo, who each debuted at DEMO. Twenty-six Regions from every corner of the U.S. will be able to host their own contests and submit their regional winners to a pool from which the DEMO team will select the overall winners.

"We're incredibly excited to collaborate with DEMO and our regions to send startups to launch at this renowned event," said Scott Case, CEO, Startup America Partnership. "You only need to look at a list of DEMO alumni to see what a game-changer it is for any startup focused on growth."

DEMO Fall 2012 provides a unique opportunity for Startup America members to pitch to hundreds of investors and journalists. DEMO is known as the launch pad for the newest technology trends, and 92 percent of companies that pitch at the event receive funding within nine months.

"The Startup America Regional contest will allow incredible companies that may not have had DEMO on their radar to compete with the most plugged-in Silicon Valley startups out there," said Neal Silverman, EVP and general manager at DEMO. "We can't wait to review the submissions from startups headquartered in places like Tennessee, Texas and Iowa, all of which have robust startup ecosystems that people may not be aware of."

The contest is only open to registered Startup America members. At DEMO Spring 2012, Startup America members TourWrist, ZBoard, and Jumala all won DEMO God Awards, with TourWrist winning the grand prize: the People's Choice Award.

"TourWrist's DEMO experience really highlights the best of our progressive, supportive society," said Charles Armstrong, founder and CEO of TourWrist. "From a DEMO presenting scholarship and support from Startup America to the audience-bestowed People's Choice honor and IDG's $1M media award, our humble startup has been given an incredible chance at success. All startups out there thinking about launching at DEMO should enter this contest immediately!"

The contest kicks off August 8, 2012 and submission closes August 17th. For all submission information and contest details, please visit

About the Startup America Partnership

The Startup America Partnership is a national community dedicated to the success of American startups. Our goal is to support the passionate founders, investors, mentors and executives who are working together to recruit the best teams, acquire customers and attract investors. Together we build relationships, create opportunities and share knowledge to help startups succeed. Join the national startup community at

About DEMO

Produced by IDG Enterprise in conjunction with VentureBeat, the DEMO conferences in the United States and China focus on emerging technologies and new product 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 launchpad events for companies such as Palm, E*Trade,, WebEx and Tivio, 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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