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SUBMIT: Our official Detroit 2016 LAUNCH submission form

LAUNCH is Techweek’s startup competition for pre-series A companies.
  • Companies from around the world demo and pitch to judges, attendees and investors who evaluate their ideas and business models
  • From among all entrants, a small number are chosen to reach the LAUNCH city finals
  • One company is selected per city as the LAUNCH Regional Champion
  • The champion is eligible to win potential investment and prizes as well as is entered into the National competition to be crowned the LAUNCH National Champion!

Why compete?

  • Exposure: Meet investors, fellow startup talent, and potential customers
  • Press: LAUNCH winners and participants have been written about in Forbes, The Economist, Inc, Time, Wall Street Journal and the New York Times among others
  • Rewards!
    • All finalists will receive upgraded All Access passes to Techweek Detroit 2016 and Techweek Chicago 2016
    • Champions will receive access to Founders House, our invite-only evening gathering of Techweek speakers, leaders, senior executives and esteemed founders
    • Select sponsored prizes
    • Champion will earn pre-qualification to the final round of the Chicago LAUNCH competition with additional opportunities to be recognized and win!
    • Champion will be featured in Techweekly Detroit our media platform

What do competitors do in LAUNCH?

  • APPLY: Submit your application form below before the deadline date of 12 noon ET, Thursday, April 28th, 2016. Note the application includes a video pitch this year – grab your iPhone record your pitch – don’t worry about quality, it’s about hearing from you and your business not fancy graphics!
  • REVIEW: An internal and affiliated Techweek board of professional investors and technology reviewers will evaluate, grade and provide feedback on your company, business plan and elevator pitch and will select the semi-finalists
  • EXHIBIT AND SELECT: Semi-finalists will be required to exhibit on Tuesday, May 3rd from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Techtown Detroit. Come prepared to host a display booth for you company, and prepare a Powerpoint presentation that you can deliver in 6 minutes. Pitch to Techweek attendees, investors – and perhaps even some incognito judges.
  • FINALIST PITCH BATTLE: Launch finalists will be announced after the exhibition on Tuesday evening, and the top 3 Launch competitors will immediately proceed to do a formal pitch in front of a live panel of judges. Finalist pitches should be 6 minutes followed by a 4 minute Q&A
  • VICTORY: The overall Techweek Detroit Launch Winner will be announced on Tuesday evening at Techtown, receive their prizes and gain citywide recognition!

ENJOY: Some of our favorite moments from Detroit

LISTEN: Some of our favorite past Detroit speakers

Lauren Love and Tom Zimmerman

Tim Nixon

  • Tim Nixon unveils exciting new product to launch in 2016
  • Tim details advancements in tech to make your vehicle “smarter”
  • Tim describes how 4G LTE equipped vehicles change your “digital life”
Dan Gilbert

  • Dan Gilbert describes his vision for Detroit as it continues to evolve.
  • Dan tackles the roadblocks that stifle Detroit’s growth and praises young talent.
  • Dan encourages all types of startups to make a home in Detroit.

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