midVenturesLAUNCH: The Midwest’s largest startup conference


Startup Weekend is excited to partner with midVenturesLAUNCH, the largest startup conference in the Midwest. The winning team from Startup Weekend Austin will receive an exclusive invitation to join either the COMPETE track or mVDEMO area at midVenturesLAUNCH happening on September 27-28 in Chicago.

We think this is a pretty big deal, so here’s more information about the conference:

midVenturesLAUNCH is the Midwest’s largest startup and innovation conference, showcasing the newest startup companies in web, mobile, cleantech/greentech and consumer products.  We are assembling over 150+ new companies in three tracks: COMPETE, a startup competition with over $100,000 in cash and prizes; mVDEMO, an area for early-stage startups to gain exposure; and LAUNCH, where later-stage VC- or angel-backed startups and established brands will launch new, innovative products and services from 2010 on our main stage.  Featuring key panelists and speakers from the top of the industry, midVenturesLAUNCH is the conference for technology innovators, offering a unique opportunity to seek funding, meet entrepreneurs, investors, media, developers, designers and leaders, and watch new ideas come to life.  All in one space.

The startups selected to be part of COMPETE will be judged during the conference by ourexpert panel, which includes founders of Groupon, OpenTable, OKCupid, TheNextWeb and prominent venture capitalists.  The top 5 COMPETE startups will be given 3 minutes on stage to pitch their company in front of over 3,000 attendees, and a chance to win $100,000 in cash and prizes from our sponsors.  It’s free to apply to COMPETE and free to participate.  To be eligible, a company should be less than 3 years old and have less than $2 million in funding.  If selected, your company will be given a 6′ table, wi-fi, logo placement in our marketing materials and website, and inclusion in our conference program and mobile app.  This exposure alone will garner your company over 2,000,000 impressions via our media partnerships and network.

For later-stage startups and established companies, we have the LAUNCH track.  We are accepting 25 companies with a market-ready product or service that has launched (or your company wishes to launch on our main stage) in 2010.  Qualifying applicants in LAUNCH will pay $2,500 for 3 minutes of stage time during the conference, a 6′ table, wi-fi, logo placement in our marketing materials and website, and inclusion in our conference program and mobile app.

Our mVDEMO Area is open any early-stage startup (again, companies less than 3 years old and with less than $2 million in funding).  Your company will receive amazing exposure to the conference audience with a 24″ bar-height table, wi-fi, and inclusion in our conference program and mobile app (if signed up by Sept. 1, 2010).  One “people’s choice” company will be considered by the expert panel for inclusion in the Top 5 COMPETE startups.  Cost for a mVDEMO Area table is $750 and spots are available first come, first serve.

Applications for COMPETE and LAUNCH are due by Sept. 1.  mVDEMO spots are available until sold out.  Please visit midventureslaunch.com or email us at launch@midventures.com.

Whether you’re just getting ready to launch, already kicking ass, or just want to do a little networking, this conference has something for you.