Pitch Your StartUp And Win a Free Trip to Finland

Winner of the StartUp Grand Prix gets a paid trip to Northern Europe’s leading start-up conference Slush

The Consulate General of Finland Los Angeles and PocketVenture present StartUp Grand Prix on Wednesday, June 5 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

The event’s Keynote Speaker is Andrew Stalbow, Executive Vice President, and Strategic Partnerships of Rovio Entertainment. Andrew develops new revenue streams for Rovio through partnerships with other outlets in the entertainment industry. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Mobile at Fox Digital Entertainment, where he was responsible for application publishing and video licensing of 20th Century Fox properties. He was a key player in the development of Angry Birds Rio, a joint venture between 20th Century Fox and Rovio.

Six to ten start-ups will be chosen, based on applications, to give each a 3 minute pitch. A panel of venture capitalists will give feedback on each performance. The audience will vote for the winner, by using an online platform called PocketVenture, available on your browser in your own device.

“I warmly welcome American entrepreneurs to explore the various business opportunities and excellent infrastructure that [Finland] can offer. The Finnish economy is knowledge-based, strong on innovation and open to foreign investment. We also have a skilled workforce and unique co-operation between educational and research institutions and industry. All these together make Finland an ideal place to test new solutions and technologies. Most of the transit trade from the EU to Russia already goes through Finland.”
- President Sauli Niinistö, (2/26/2013)

Program:
6:00 PM Welcome
6:30 PM Program starts – Key Note Andrew Stalbow
7:00 PM Startup Grand Prix – Entrepreneurs pitch their Startups
9:00 PM Program ends

Register: http://startupgp.eventbrite.com/

The pitches and VCs’ feedback will be videotaped.

Key to the event is PocketVenture. While raising crowd sourced finance is the core function of PocketVenture, it goes a lot further, helping obtain crowd feedback, leverage your presale attempts and also actively communicate with the crowd investing community, giving a full-fledged, potent platform to give your business idea the finances it needs to become reality, quickly and efficiently.

Slush is a two-day startup conference where the best tech talent from Northern Europe and Russia gets together to meet the leading investors and media from around the world. Slush takes place on November 13-14, 2013 in Helsinki, Finland. Some of the most respected international investors and media visit Slush to look for the next in tech from the home region of Nokia, Skype and Linux. Slush consists of two days of pitches, lightning talks, fireside chats, product demos, investor meetings, coaching sessions, job interviews and, above all, extensive feedback

Learn More: http://slush.fi/

SOURCE: Consulate General of Finland Los Angeles and PocketVenture