$25,000 Business Pitch Contest & LIVE Judging Event
Hosted at Chapman University, Orange, CA
Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
The night includes Dinner, Cash Bar, LIVE DJ, Prizes, Complimentary Parking and Networking with top OC Investors.
$89 Students (Show ID at the door)
To Register visit: http://tcvnsurvivor7.eventbrite.com/
Schedule of Events:
5:30 pm Reception / Registration
6:00 pm Introductions & 30 Quarter finalist Pitches
6:45 pm Catered Dinner & Networking
7:30 pm 10 Semifinalist 3-Minute Pitches
8:15 pm Five Finalists Announced + Lightning Round with the Judges
9:30 pm Networking and Judges Voting
10:00 pm Winner Announced
10:30pm After-Party, Location TBD
We look forward to seeing you all on the 15th of November at Chapman University. For more information on TCVN, please visit: tcvn.com.
"Entrepreneurs jump off the cliff and build a plane on their way down".
Applying to TCVN Survivor is easy for any Southern California, early-stage company. To be eligible, you need to be an early-stage company based in Southern California, less than 5 years old, and with less than $250K USD in funding. (We consider Southern California to be made of the following counties: Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego.) If you qualify**, keep reading!
[**To be totally fair, we have a few other rules about qualifying for Survivor. So sorry, but you can't apply to Survivor if any of the following apply: 1) Contestants cannot be vendors or sponsors of TCVN; 2) Contestant's can't have founders or executives that are TCVN board members; 3) Contestant's can't have TCVN board members that own more than 10% of a company; and 4) Contestant's cannot have a Survivor Judge or volunteer be a company founder, executive, or equity holder larger than 10%.** Now back to how to enter...]
1. Create a 3-minute Video Pitch. Don’t panic! Sure, $25,000 cash investment is a big deal, but this is an early-stage startup competition, so made-in-your-garage videos work just fine. We’re looking for substance, not style. The only requirement for the video is that it be under 3 minutes long. Other than that, tell us a bit about your company – some suggestions: (1) What does your company do, and what need does it serve?, (2) Describe the market where you will compete, (3) What makes you unique compared to your competition?, (4) Where are you in your growth plans?, and (5) Who are you/ your team?
2. Submit your video and application and purchase your TCVN Survivor Ticket by the deadline of 11:59pm PST on Friday, October 19th, 2012. Applying to the competition is free, but you need to be registered to attend TCVN Survivor for your application to be considered. Come on folks...we all have to cheer each other on at the event! Survivor Tickets include dinner catered by Chapman University. Don't forget, the sooner you apply, the more time you have to gather votes.
3. Collect as many votes as possible by the voting deadline at 11:59pm PST on Monday, November 11, 2012. Use the hashtag #TCVNSurvivor in your posts, and send them to the voting page here. One vote per person, folks. We know how you techies can work the system.
Winner Selection Process
The TCVN Survivor Champion is selected as follows:
Before the Event
Any early-stage company based in Southern California, less than 5 years old, and with less than $250k USD in funding is invited to apply to the TCVN Survivor Pitch Competition here. (We consider Southern California to be made of the following counties: Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego.)
Online public voting that takes place prior to the voting deadline of 11:59pm PST on Saturday, October 20, 2012 will play a significant, but not sole, part in deciding the 30 companies who advance to the Quarterfinal Round of the Competition. We take pride in showing the most promising (and by promising, we mean fundable) early-stage companies at Survivor – so we reserve a level of internal judgment. These Quarterfinalists will be privately notified no later than Friday, November 9th.
At the Event
The 30 Quarterfinalists square off on stage in a fast-pitch competition (30-second pitch) before our expert judges to narrow it down to the top 10 Semifinalists.
The Semifinalists present a 3-minute pitch to the judges and audience. Between the judges and on-site audience voting via digital open ballot, we’ll present the top five Finalists.
The Finalists will have a lightning round Q&A with the judges. Be prepared. Know your business like the back of your hand.
The TCVN Survivor Champion is determined by an on-stage majority vote of the Judging Panel.
What Can I Win?
The Grand Prize Winner will receive
· $25,000 cash investment
· More Prizes TBD
Finalists and Semifinalists will also receive prizes TBD. In addition, we'll be awarding several prizes for special categories of entries.
Please Contact Us with any questions.
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your Entry, in its entirety, is an original work by you and you have not included third party content (such as writing, poetry, text, graphics, artwork, logos, photographs, likeness of any third party, musical recordings, clips of videos, television programs or motion pictures) in or in connection with your Entry without permission;
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you have all the rights, licenses, permissions and consents necessary to submit the Entry and to grant all of the rights that you have granted to the Contest Facilitators under these Contest Rules;
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multiple votes from the same user from different IP addresses or from different email addresses; fraudulent entry votes (using a redirect link, a disguised link, a fraudulent link, etc.);
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|Round name||Starts on||Ends on|
|Submission round||September 10, 2012 @ 12:00 AM (PDT)||October 27, 2012 @ 12:00 AM (PDT)|
|Voting round||October 20, 2012 @ 12:00 AM (PDT)||November 11, 2012 @ 11:59 PM (PST)|