Good morning, All,
Yes, we know the newsletters have gotten a bit long, so we’ll be sending out two this week, and let us know what you think:
The first will include deadlines, events and member queries – we figured you’d want them and the sooner the better. The second will be more focused on news from around the industry for your edification; member news and good stuff that is helpful to startups. And away we go:
First, our next EW+SOS+ER Rock out on the Terrace will be taking place October 18th, and yes, we will have investors there for you to meet, and we will tag potential technical cofounders and people who are looking for cofounders. This time, it’ll be taking place at the Empire State Building. Register now for the early bird rate: http://bit.ly/mY5QED
BetaBeat is looking for startups to star in a new web series – $10k cash prize/$100k investment. Betabeat is launching our first web series, Elevator Pitch. We will be profiling ten NYC startups and giving each one the chance to pitch Lerer Ventures in person. There will be a $10,000 cash prize and a $100,000 (or more) investment as possible outcomes for the winners. Unlike Mr. Arrington, we don’t influence the decision, that all comes from Lerer. If you are interested in participating, please send over a brief bio of you and your team, a short summary of what your company does and a brief explanation of why it would make sense for a VC to fund. Any other assets like video/pitch deck/website are welcome. To respond: email@example.com and good luck!
NYU Entrepreneurs Challenge – Deadline October 5th Discover what it really takes to launch a startup. Enter the $200K Entrepreneurs Challenge, the premier platform for identifying, nurturing and showcasing emerging entrepreneurs at NYU. At stake in our three competitions is a combined up to $200,000 in startup money plus pro bono services and technical assistance to help your venture succeed. All NYU students and alumni are welcome to compete. No prior business courses or experience are necessary. For more information and to apply: http://bit.ly/pqfwz7, and if you’re not an NYU student or alum – good time to befriend one!
Y Combinator now accepting applications for Winter 2012. Deadline: October 10th. The ideal company would have two or three founders. We’ll consider those with four or five. We’re reluctant to accept one-person companies, though we have funded a couple. For those of you interested in applying now or finding out more about the process: http://bit.ly/nUYxNY
AXE App Day 2011 – The First Major Brand-Sponsored Developer Conference will be held on October 11, 2011 at the Standard Hotel in New York City, but you must request an invitation. Shelly Palmer will be your host for this, invitation-only, unique business opportunity created by the AXE Master Brand at Unilever – the first brand-sponsored one-day hybrid developer conference, training seminar and networking day designed by Unilever to engender communication, collaboration and ideation around the AXE/Deo Master Brand (AXE) of personal care products. To request an invitation please visit http://www.theaxeeffect.com/appday/register. You may submit formal presentations of app ideas at any time before the event, at the event or up to midnight, November 10, 2011. At their sole discretion, AXE will pick apps for development and potential deployment. What’s in it for you? A year’s worth of bus dev in 8 hours. You will be in front of Unilever and the AXE Master Brand and they will give you the information and tools you need to create engaging, AXE-sponsored, apps for mobile platforms, social networks, game consoles, connected TV’s or any other popular platform that tickles your fancy. You can present your ideas at the event or up to a month afterwards. The good news is that after attending AXE App Day 2011, you will have a personal relationship with the brand. For more information: http://www.theaxeeffect.com/appday,
6th Annual New England Venture Summit – Call for Top Innovators and an SOS discount! The early deadline for presenting company applications is October 26thIf you are a Startup seeking capital and/or partnerships, submit your plan for the opportunity to present at the premier venue connecting emerging growth companies with active Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, Corporate VCs and Investment Firms. A select group of 50 Top Innovators from the technology, life sciences and Clean-tech sectors will be chosen to present their breakthrough investment opportunities to an exclusive audience of investors.. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and an application. To nominate a company please forward: company name, main contact at firm, contact details and why you think they should present to email@example.com. The event happens December 14th; 50% off if you register by November 9th: http://bit.ly/nCkYN6 For a further discount, the code is: sos.
ER Accelerator is now accepting applications for its winter session. Deadline: November 19: http://eranyc.com/apply/
Each company will receive $25,000 in seed funding and three months of:
Free collaborative office space in the heart of New York City
Best-of-class one-on-one mentoring from 140+ of industry’s best experts (both during and after the three month session)
Access to experienced technologists, UI gurus and other product experts
Free legal and other services
Hands-on help from inSITE business interns and engineering interns
Exposure to dozens of leading seed investors and VCs during the Accelerator
At the end of the session, startups will pitch to hundreds of angel investors and venture capitalists and continue to utilize the ER Accelerator network indefinitely! So get those applications in: http://eranyc.com/apply/
Samsung’s $100k Challenge to Developers, deadline November 29th. Samsung is offering $225,000 in cash and prizes for the most innovative converged apps that enable an interactive home entertainment experience between Samsung TVs and other devices. The 2011 Samsung Free the TV Challenge invites software developers to create compelling converged apps that offer seamless user interaction between a Samsung Smart TV and at least one other screen, such as a phone, tablet or computer. Last year, we released the first-ever Samsung TV App SDK and launched the 2010 Free the TV Challenge to develop native apps on our line of Smart TVs and Blu-ray devices. This year we take another leap forward to free the TV with “converged apps” — multi-screen apps that offer immersive, interactive home entertainment experiences. For more information and to apply: http://www.freethetvchallenge.com/
The Appy Awards – enter once and you could win twice. Deadline March 21, 2012 but any entry you submit today may also be selected as our “Featured App of the Week“, scoring you some seriously instant gratification. And we doesn’t love that? For more information and to enter – any time – http://appyawards.net/
It’s NYU Startup Week (http://techatnyu.org/startupweek/) so a busy one and lots of events on. Of course, we’ll still leave you with a chuckle, and this week, it’s a twitter joke, in under 140 characters: Man walks into a doctor’s and says: “I think I’m addicted to Twitter.” Doctor replies: “Sorry, I don’t follow you.” (via @NesrineMalik). And now, as always, help is on the way…