Vator Splash LA – Calling Entrepreneurs Apply to Promote and Win

Win $30k-plus prizes, and sit-down meetings with top VCs – Be the next DogVacay!
Applications for Splash LA open for one more week

Vator Splash LA, one of the top startup events and competitions that gathers leading VCs, angels and entrepreneurs, has become a must-attend event for the tech digerati across the early-stage startup scene. It’s a fun evening that promises to spark fundraising opportunities and inspiration.

If you want to be one of the top 10 promising startups to get on stage on May 30 at the famed and historic Hollywood Roosevelt at 7000 Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles, there’s still time to apply.

Even though success is not defined by how much money a company has raised, DogVacay, Thumbtack, Getable, Grovo, Astrid, Udemy, and Geeklist have gone on to raise millions of dollars collectively from venerable VCs and angels, soon after presenting on stage.

“At Vator Splash, I made great connections with a number of investors and had a number of follow-up meetings. We were able to raise our last round entirely from investors who discovered us from the publicity we generated from Vator Splash,” said Jon Paris, CEO and founder of Astrid, recently bought by Yahoo.

“Working with Vator, and Bambi, is a pleasure. She’s really passionate about uniting great ideas with the right people. We actually tied for first in last year’s Vator Splash SF and as a direct result raised $150,000 from an investor who saw us pitch. TEEC Angels approached us right at the event and invested soon thereafter.” Reuben Katz, CEO and founder of Geeklist

“Vator has acted as a launchpad for my startup in terms of awareness and exposure. As a winner of a Vator competition, my startup enjoyed early traction and buzz. Vator has kept my business relevant in the minds of investors, entrepreneurs and potential employees. I’ve made many invaluable connections to the investor and entrepreneur community.” Tim Hyer, founder and CEO, Getable.

“ won Vator Splash LA in June 2012. The competition allowed us an opportunity to meet and pitch against some of the great Los Angeles startups and further foster our entrepreneurial community. There was such a positive energy with so many great minds providing insightful feedback throughout the night. Two paws up, Vator!” Aaron Hirschhorn, founder & Top Dog, DogVacay.

“Events like Vator Splash are critical for startups to generate awareness. We were a top 10 finalist for Splash LA. It provided us with an amazing opportunity to network and gain exposure to a whole community of investors and VCs. Soon after, we raised $3M as a result of the momentum/exposure from the event and the platform in general.” Peter Vogel , founder of Plink.

At Splash, the 350 expected attendees will also hear from top entrepreneurs sharing their stories. They’ll hear from Paul Thelen, founder and CEO of Big Fish Games, which has grown bookings to north of $200 million, and Josh Berman, co-founder and CEO of Beachmint, one of the biggest celebrity-driven social commerce sites in the LA area. Both companies are valued at north of $500 million.

Investors attending and judging include Ethan Applen (Warner Bros’ Media Camp), David Carter (Amplify.LA), Noah Doyle (Javelin Venture Partners), Neal Hansch (Rustic Canyon), Paul Lee (Lightbank), Peter Lee (Baroda Ventures), Mike Montgomery (Montgomery & Co.), Matt Mazzeo (Lowercase Capital),Tom McGovern (Idealab), Peter Pham (Science), Erik Rannala (Mucker Labs), Heidi Roizen (DFJ), Rick Smith (Crosscut Ventures), David Travers (Rustic Canyon), Pete Vlastelica (Fox Sports Digital), Sharon Wienbar (ScaleVenture Partners),Michelle Wroan (KPMG), and Martin Waters (Wilson Sonsini).

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