The G-Startup competition is the global platform for innovative mobile Internet startups and the leading launch pad connecting them to the international investor community to grow and succeed globally. 2014 winners and finalists are below. Check back soon for details on the 2015 competition.
Bites & Chews
Smart Phone Records
- Startup founded on/after August 2011
- Startup has not secured more than $1M USD funding
- Startup can be headquartered internationally
- Startup has the potential to grow globally
- Submit demo, video, PowerPoint, or link to product download for review
- October 8: Application deadline
- November 8: Top 20 applicants and Top 10 finalists announced
- December 1: Pitch Camp* for Top 10 finalists
- December 2: Top 10 finalists pitch on G-Startup stage
- December 3: Top 3 final pitch for the GMIC grand award
Benefits: One (1) complimentary Expo pass per qualified applicant
TOP 20 Applicants:
- Two (2) complimentary Gold conference passes (valued at $999 USD)
- One (1) complimentary demo booth (valued at $1,500) on the Expo floor
- Connect with leading VCs, seasoned entrepreneurs and industry peers
- Company name and product logo listed on G-Startup webpage
- PR & Promotion: Through regular newsletters to thousands of industry stakeholders and investors, and social media outreach
TOP 10 Finalists: (Including all the benefits from the TOP 20 list)
- Pitch and demo on stage in competition semi-finals
- Participate in Pitch Camp training and receive 1:1 mentorship by leading venture capitalists and investors
TOP 3 Finalists:
- Participate in final pitch on Thought Leader stage
- Winner receives the GMIC grand prize
- Winner receives special award from sponsor
- Winner receives demo booth at GMIC Beijing 2015 (valued at $1,500 USD)
- Two (2) complimentary Gold conference passes to attend GMIC Beijing 2015 (valued at $1,500 USD)
- Winner receives round trip airfare* to Beijing and 3 nights hotel accommodation to attend GMIC Beijing 2015 for one representative from your company
* up to $1200 in airfare will be covered by GMIC
- First place – 3 months desk space at NestGSV.
Valid only from January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015.
- Second place – 2 months desk space at NestGSV.
Valid only from January 1, 2015 to February 28, 2015.
- Third place – 1 month desk space at NestGSV.
Valid only from January 1, 2015 to January 31, 2015.
Blue Run Ventures
Cheryl Cheng, Partner, Blue Run Ventures
Cheryl drives marketing strategy, messaging and business development for BlueRun Ventures. Cheryl works closely with the entrepreneur and investment community to identify investment opportunities for BRV. She also supports BRV portfolio companies in marketing and business development. Prior to BlueRun, Cheryl was a Brand Manager at Clorox where she worked in new products and retail marketing. She brings her brand experience to BlueRun’s portfolio where she helps companies connect with brands and agencies. Cheryl has a B.A. from Stanford University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.
Ash Fontana, Fundraising Products, AngelList
Ash Fontana leads fundraising products like online syndicates and funds at AngelList that drive over $10 million per month to startup companies. Ash previously co-founded and sold Topguest, a Founders Fund-backed company that built marketing technology for companies like IHG, United and Ceasars Entertainment. Earlier in his career, Ash was a top-ranked analyst in private equity and investment banking at Macquarie Capital, and graduated in the top of his law school class at the University of Sydney, his hometown. He enjoys discovering and advising promising new startup companies including Canva and Mixmax.
Charles Hudson, Partner, SoftTechVC
Charles Hudson is a Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Internet and mobile startups. He focuses on identifying investment opportunities in mobile infrastructure, mobile applications, and marketplaces. He is on the Board of Tulip and Kahuna and works closely with a number of SoftTech investments, including SmartShoot, Vungle, Kato, TakeLessons, TopHat, 8tracks, and Soldsie.
Ben Levy, Co-Founder, BootstrapLabs
Ben is a Co-Founder & Partner at BootstrapLabs, a Global Venture Technology Investment Company that taps into the most talented entrepreneurs globally at an early stage of their startups to build global companies from Silicon Valley. Ben advises all portfolio companies in their day to day operations, connecting founders with industry experts, advisors and investors to increase their likelihood of success, assisting with product design and development, positioning, go-to-market strategy and implementation, partnerships and fundraising. Additionally, Ben plays an active role in the deal flow sourcing, investment evaluation and network expansion of BootstrapLabs. Ben was instrumental in launching first international BootstrapAccelerator program located in Malaysia and Korea, designed to assist local technology startups with strong potential to go global. Born and educated in France, Ben spent most of his professional career abroad and moved to Silicon Valley in 1998. He spent the last 15 years building, advising and coaching technology companies resulting in $300M of private equity raised and $5Bn worth of M&A transactions. He is also a chronic entrepreneur that built 2 software startups that go acquired rapidly by Mergent and SecondMarket, respectively. Finally, Ben is a frequent guest speaker, mentor and judge at startup, open innovation and venture capital related events such as Global Entrepreneurship Summit, beGlobal, Arabnet Digital Summit, Shift Conference, beLaunch, PITME, Born2Global, Seedcamp, D.Camp, The Founder, StartupSauna, Startup Bootcamp, Japan Night, etc.
Walden Venture Capital
Larry Marcus, Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital
Larry is a Managing Director at San Francisco based Walden Venture Capital, Sprout Stage™ Investors, founded in the mid 70’s. The firm’s focus is on Digital Media and Cloud Services. He was named to the Billboard Power 100 in music and the Twitter 140 to follow. Larry was a founding investor in Pandora (NYSE: P) when Walden led the rebirth round to focus the company on launching a consumer-facing service and was a Director through its IPO. He is a Director at SoundHound, (sound and voice search), Aarki (mobile performance advertising platform), BandPage (platform for bands online), Boombotix (Ultra-portable speakers), Scientific Revenue (in-app purchase pricing optimization). Larry enjoys collecting vintage dead hardware and playing music. He has been a guest lecturer at Haas school of Business at Berkeley, Stanford and Harvard Business Schools.
Co-Founder & CEO
Brett Bauer, Co-Founder & CEO, Shared2you, Inc.
Brett Bauer is a co-founder and CEO of Shared2you, Inc. – creators of the mobile application powerslyde. Brett has spent his entire career in sales with the majority of the time spent in investment sales. In 2004 Brett transitioned into venture capital investments and spent the majority of his time working with early stage companies, with a focus on strategic execution and due diligence. Brett joined the world of tech start-ups when he and his co-founder created a way for their kids to share apps across mobile devices.
Director & Head of Mobile Competency Center
Yev Galper, Director & Head of Mobile Competency Center, EPAM
Yev is a passionate mobile technologist, a coach and a speaker who creates a world of fulfillment by helping others achieve their potential. Yev received Bachelor’s in Software Engineering from University of Mass and Master’s in Information Systems and Management from Harvard. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in software engineering, last 7 of which he dedicated to Mobile. During all these years Yev has worked for large software product companies, helped small start-ups, and was a partner in a consulting company, which was later acquired by EPAM, now a public company with the largest software delivery offices in Central and Eastern Europe. For the last 3 years Yev has been heading Mobile Competency Center at EPAM and has worked on one hand with dozens and dozens of clients from small startups to large enterprises to help them define mobile and omnichannel strategy and on the other hand with many distributed teams to deliver award winning and showcase mobile apps and sites as well as scalable frameworks and platforms with appropriate technologies to implement the desired client strategy. At the same time, Yev is mentoring and coaching mobile start-ups on product development and go-to-market strategies.
Chief Strategy Officer
Stephen Forte, Chief Strategy Officer, Telerik
Stephen is the Chief Strategy Officer of Telerik, a leading vendor of developer and team productivity tools acquired by Progress Software (NASDAQ: PRGS) in 2014. Stephen was the founder of Mach5, a Silicon Valley based startup accelerator and co-founder of AcceleratorHK, Hong Kong’s first startup accelerator. Involved in several startups, he was the co-founder of Triton Works, which acquired by UBM (London: UBM.L) in 2010 and was the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Corzen, Inc., which was acquired by Wanted Technologies (TXV: WAN) in 2007. Prior to Corzen, Stephen served as the CTO of Zagat Survey in New York City (acquired by Google in 2011) and also was co-founder of the New York-based software consulting firm The Aurora Development Group. Stephen is also a Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Professional, PMP, and also speaks regularly at industry conferences around the world. He has written several books on application and database development. Stephen has an MBA from the City University of New York. Stephen is also a board member of the Scrum Alliance. An avid mountain climber, Stephen leads a trek in the Mt. Everest region every fall to raise money for charity.
CEO & President
David Lakritz, CEO & PresidentLAI
David Lakritz is LAI’s Chief Executive Officer and President, overseeing all operations within the company and providing leadership for its technology vision and business strategies. David has over 20 years of experience in management and business development at high-technology companies, and is a frequent speaker at game and localization conferences. He is the inventor and author of four patents in core language technology and translation management systems and the chief architect of LAI’s Agile Game Localization Framework (ALF), a next-generation translation management system. Prior to founding LAI, David was a system performance architect at NeXT Computer, Inc. and before that a computer engineer, architect and group manager at Amdahl Corporation, (now part of Fujitsu Ltd). David holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and an M.B.A from Golden Gate University. David is also a Japanese-to-English technical translator, and has lived and traveled extensively in the Pacific Rim.
Entrepreneur in Residence
Signia Venture Partners
Patrick Mork, Entrepeneur in Residence, Signia Venture Partners
Patrick is an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Signia Venture Partners, an early stage venture fund based in Menlo Park, California. Prior to joining Signia, he spent 5 years on the distribution side of the apps business both as global head of marketing for Google Play, where he led the rebranding of Android market and was responsible for overall marketing strategy, and at GetJar (an app discovery platform backed by Accel Partners) where he was CMO. In addition, Patrick has worked extensively in the mobile games industry as VP of marketing in Europe for both glu mobile (NASD: Gluu) and I-play. Patrick also served on the Advisory board of Onavo (which was acquired by Facebook) and Distimo (an apps analytics / data firm acquired by App Annie). He speaks Spanish, English, French and Portuguese fluently, has lived in 11 countries and holds an MBA from Insead and a BSFS from Georgetown.