3rd Start-up GiGse LaunchPad

Innovation is at the heart of the industry and … at the heart of GiGse

Back by popular demand, GiGse will stage the start-up competition that will see up to five start-ups pitching in front of investors and GiGse’s 700-plus high-profile audience.

The submission process in now open - fill out the application form and send it back to ewa.bakun@clarionevents.com (make sure you read the rules first – scroll down for The Rules).
Deadline for submissions is May 30.

If you are a gaming start-up trying to get your feet off the ground, this is your chance to launch your company in front of the CEOs and investors who are shaping the future of social and real-money gaming in the USA.

In addition, together with the accolade and exposure, you can win yourself an investor or a commercial partner. Last year’s winner ISIS Labs signed deals with Microgame and Cladstone and listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

‘The LaunchPad was fantastic. It was absolutely brilliant. We were so pleased to be able to present our product in front of such a phenomenal panel of judges.'
Daniel Kajouie, Founder and CEO, ISIS Lab’


The Rules
In establishing the rules for application for both the EiG and GiGse LaunchPad, we ‘borrowed’ what we thought were the best ideas from a few technology associations and incubators, such as Seedcamp.

For starters, it's ok to break the rules. That's what entrepreneurship is about. Just so long as you don't break more than two of them. 

1. More than just a concept.

We are looking for companies that are beyond just the ‘concept phase’. There must be a demonstrable product and we will heavily favor those able to bring a technical as well as commercial team member to show the company is built on solid technology. 

2. ‘Early Stage’ only.

This is a LaunchPad… and as such we are looking for early stage companies.  Ideally, we are looking at those at prototype stage or who’ve launched in the last few months, and so haven’t gained significant media/investment attention and also are not at the idea concept! Publicly traded or large, well-known private companies are not eligible (this rule cannot be broken!).

3. Ready to deploy capital.

It is preferable but not required that the company or project must not have raised a large amount of money from institutional investors (small amounts from friends, family and mentors are ok, but the key word is 'small'). Also, this is not a forum for established companies seeking later stage capital or strategic exits (this rule cannot be broken!).

4. A company not a product. 

This is a stage for new companies and entrepreneurs to gain attention and investment; it is not for established companies to launch new products or even divisions (this rule cannot be broken!).

5. Totally committed.

The fewer existing commitments you have, and the more you can do to prove you are determined to execute the better.

6. Solid core team.

Your team should ideally consist of at least 2 people (ideally 2-10 people but no limit on the maximum number).

7. Scalable Solution.

We are looking for entrepreneurs with a unique perspective that are looking to take a scalable business solution to the next level.

8. English Speaking.

While we are looking for solutions and businesses that span the globe, GiGse is an English speaking conference, hence English proficiency is required. 

The submission process for the GiGse LaunchPad

1. Please download and complete the application form and submit it to ewa.bakun@clarionevents.com
2. Your submission will be kept confidential and shared only with the LaunchPad team
3. Companies might then be contacted by Ewa Bakun for a telephone chat to explore their submission a little more, ensure you fit (most of) the rules highlighted above and to get to know you a little more.
4. A shortlist of 4-6 companies will be selected.  Finalists will be contacted by mid June, 2014 and notified they are successful; those who don’t make the cut will be notified then too.
5. There will be 2 free passes allocated to the finalist companies so they can make a solid pitch.  If you wish to bring additional team members a discount can be negotiated off the entry price.
6. Selected start-ups will be given a small free exhibition space in the Start-Up zone on the GiGse showfloor.

The prize for winning the GiGse LaunchPad is a small exhibition space at either EiG 2014 or GiGse 2015.
Best of luck to all! We look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your dreams!