Update: We’ve heard from some really interesting student entrepreneurs so far. Tomorrow, Oct. 2, is the cutoff, so get your essays in now if you’d like a free ticket. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Send your essays to Lawrence.Aragon@ThomsonReuters.com with the subject line, “I’M A KICK-ASS ENTREPRENEUR.” Good luck!
Building a successful company is really hard. Doing it in your spare time while you’re also working on a university degree is even more challenging.
So we want to do our part to help five students working on startups by getting them in front of venture capitalists at our Venture Alpha West conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif., on Oct. 8-9. We’re not going to schedule pitch meetings for you, but we will get you in the door for FREE. It will then be entirely up to you to engage with VCs after panel discussions or during coffee breaks.
In addition to all the venture capitalists who will be in attendance, VCs speaking at Venture Alpha West include Tim Draper of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, David Cowan of Bessemer Venture Partners, Venky Ganesan of Menlo Ventures, Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures, Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures, John Malloy of BlueRun Ventures, Jules Maltz of Institutional Venture Partners, Kate Mitchell of Scale Venture Partners, and lots more. (See the speaker list.) You’ll also get a free pass to the Girls in Tech/Vator event on Oct. 8, which will feature VCs like Dave McClure of 500 Startups, Renata Quintini of Felicis Ventures, and Katherine Barr of Mohr Davidow Ventures.
Are you up for the challenge? Then send me a brief essay (no more than 300 words) explaining why your startup is awesome. I and my colleagues from Venture Capital Journal will read all the submissions and choose the five entrepreneurs who are most deserving of a free ticket. We will announce the winners on Oct. 2.
Note that we’re looking for more than just a business plan. We want to see entrepreneurs who have shown progress. For example, you have a working product (even if it’s in beta), made a few sales or have convinced an angel to invest.
Email Lawrence.Aragon@ThomsonReuters.com with the subject line, “I’M A KICK-ASS ENTREPRENEUR.”
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