- Main stage: 40 companies launch (1.0 track) or launch new products (2.0 track) and compete for titles including Best Design, Best
Technology and Best Overall
- Office Hours stage: ask great investors/entrepreneurs your burning questions
- Skills stage: learn how to improve your UI/UX, raise an angel round, succeed in the App Store & more
Angels, accelerators and VCs invested $1.4M in companies from LAUNCH 2012.
The Grand Jury of seasoned investors and top journalists will observe all the main-stage action and choose our winners, while our judges will sit on stage and give instant feedback on every demo.
Plus hundreds of already launched startups in the Demo Pit — those that most impress the Grand Jury will get to present on stage. This year we had a friend, Dema Tio, founder of Vibease, visiting from Singapore presenting at the demo pit. Vibease is an innovative hardware+software teledildonic product intended for remote intimacy via smartphone. I have seen the prototype and quite intrigued, I’m quite excited about being a beta-tester. The booth attracted more attention and received quite a few double takes because they used an oversized purple dildo and an attractive blonde booth babe.
My favorite session was the interview with Israel President, Shimon Peres. Peres was in California promoting Israel’s entrepreneurial & startup community. It was hilarious to see the Peres’ staff made a hilarious rap music video featuring Peres, which totally took the audience off guard and produced noticeable laughter from the audience. When the video was shown, Peres didn’t seem thrilled or embarrassed of it. Just goes to show that he has a great sense of humor.
My personal favorite demo:
The LAUNCH Festival Grand Jury chose 12 winners in all on March 8 — six in the 1.0 competition, five in the 2.0 competition, and one overall winner from the DEMO Pit. Here they are by category.
For a complete list of official competitors, check out our spreadsheet.
These are brand-new companies that received no press or blog coverage prior to launching at the LAUNCH Festival.
Best Business Model
That’s Suspicious Behavior
Diamond in the Rough
These are existing companies that launched a new product, a new version of their product or pivoted.
Best Business Model
The DEMO Pit — which had 200 companies this year, including the 42 official competitors — was open to all startups that were less than 18 months old. Some startups launched in the DEMO Pit while others promoted their existing product.