GiGse Start-up LaunchPad

San Francisco, San Diego and now Miami – GiGse continues to support gaming start-ups with a competition that helped companies like BlueBat Games, NumberFire and last year’s winner, NQube, to debut their business in front of North America’s gaming decision makers and investors.

2018 submission deadline is April 27 – apply now.

As in previous years since 2011, up to five start-ups will be selected and given an opportunity to pitch in front of the event’s audience. Finalists will be contacted in early May and also offered a small exhibition space in the GiGse start-up area.

With this year’s GiGse’s co-location with Juegos Miami, start-ups from Latin America are also invited to apply. Whether you have a new game concept, different approach to cross-channel marketing, innovative way to exploit gambling’s convergence with other sectors or tap into neglected customer segments – any gaming start-up, both land-based and online, are welcome to apply.

The submission process for GiGse is now open. Please check the rules, deadlines and criteria below before applying.

Fill out this form to apply and send it to Ewa Bakun at by the deadline of April 27, 2018.

Apply before the deadline: April 27, 2018

Five selected finalists, apart from the opportunity to pitch, will also receive a small exhibition space in the Start-Up Zone in the GiGse Exhibition area, and two complimentary delegate passes to GiGse 2018. The winner of the GiGse Launchpad 2018 will receive a free exhibition booth at the 2019 show.

GiGse Start-Up LaunchPad Rules

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, complete and submit the application form to
  2. You submission will be kept confidential and shared only with the LaunchPad judging panel
  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 get to know you a little more.
  4. A shortlist of 6-4 companies will be selected.  Finalists will be contacted by early May, 2018 and notified they are successful, and 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.

The prize for winning the GiGse LaunchPad is, apart from recognition and exposure, a small exhibition space at GiGse 2019.

Best of luck to all! And we look forward to working with and helping achieve your dreams!