Startups have always played a very important role for TNW, we cover over a thousand startups a year on thenextweb.com and from the start of TNW Conferences startups have been given a platform to launch their new services, to show their technology, to get media attention and to do deals. This year we have Startup Tables, Startup Booths and the TNW Startup Rally waiting for you.
TNW Conference has always been a deal and transaction driven conference, where we bring supply and demand together and create the business environment that leads to many deals.
In the last 3 editions more than 25 startups raised a total of 50 million+ in funding during or right after their launch at The Next Web Conference. These are the deals that are known to us and if you take startups into account that have exhibited their services in the business area, that number is multiplied by 3.
TNW Conference is the place to be if you're dead serious about your startup. And we're happy to offer a range of opportunities for young companies to get exposure, feedback and meet up with potential investors and partners. In fact this year we go even further with a full fletched stage dedicated to startups, funding and content targeted at startups.
Furthermore we have 60 startups (max) in the main business area that show of their service and technologies to investors, journalists, bloggers and web and mobile professionals. Get ready for impact.
We have great opportunities for all types of startups. Pick the opportunity that suits your startup best.
Note: Reserving a Startup Booth has no influence on the selection process of the Startup Rally. It makes perfect sense to sign up for both. In case you have a startup booth or table and are selected as finalist, you are still entitled to one free ticket (we add that to your startup booth or table).
Each year we select 20 startups that get the opportunity to launch their company (at no costs) in front of the best audience in the world. We partnered with Microsoft BizSpark and leverage our combined powers to increase the level of the presentations of the finalists, to help the startups with more media attention and to open our networks for the participating startups.
This is probably the best start your new product can wish. For TNW2012 we split the competition in two parts, we call it Alpha and Beta.
Startups can sign up for free until March 1st, although we advice to do so earlier on as we will start judging as of February 1st. There are 3 judging rounds you have to go through to get to the finals. The first round is based on your submission and judged by TNW team and editorial team. The second round is the Video round where you get 60 seconds to explain what you want to launch at TNW2012 and why you should be offered that chance. The semi finalists will go through to the interview rounds. You will be interviewed by one of the TNW editors for 10 minutes.
The TNW editorial team will select the 20 finalist to present at TNW2012.
Finalists get one free conference pass and a 5 minute presentation, followed by 5 minutes of questions from the jury. The day before the conference (April 25th) there will be a preparation session with all finalists and industry experts to make sure you will kick ass on stage and get max exposure.
The finals of the TNW Startup Rally take place on Thursday and Friday. We're honored to have Werner Vogels as Chairman of the Jury during the finals. Werner will select a team of 6 experts that will help him give feedback to the startups and decide on the winners.
The presentations will be held in 4 time blocks of 5 startup presentation each. The Jury will also select the best presentation right after each session and that company will present a second time on the other stage as well.
We're working on prizes for the winners of the competition. More on that later. Expect at least massive media exposure and more interest from investors and partners than you can handle.
Public choice award, best mobile startup