SVForum – Launch: Silicon Valley 2013 with Emerging Startups

Silicon Valley Lineup of Hot Emerging Startups to Publicly Launch Their Innovations to Silicon Valley’s Most Influential VC and Angel Investors

SVForum the leading non-profit organization for developers, technologists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, announced the companies invited as finalists to launch their new products at Launch: Silicon Valley 2013, Silicon Valley’s most affordable, high visibility platform for emerging technology companies to springboard their products or services into the market. The event, to be held June 4 at Microsoft’s Mountain View Campus, is designed to uncover and showcase products and services from the most exciting of the newest startups in information technology, mobility, digital media, next generation internet, life sciences and clean energy.

The program will start at 8:30 a.m., when Ray Kurzweil, author, inventor, futurist, and Director of Engineering at Google, will give his views on “Innovations in Innovation,” followed by Guy Kawasaki on how to build insanely successful startups, discussions on the changing role of venture capital and updates from several Launch: Silicon Valley alumni companies. The afternoon will be given over to the 30 presenting companies, when each one will have the opportunity to present their products and field questions from the audience and a panel of VCs and Angels. Wrapping up the day, Dr. Mike North of Discovery Channel’s “Prototype This!” will deliver the closing keynote, after which awards will be given for the “Most Likely to Succeed” in each of the six presenting categories. Presenters will be available to showcase their companies and products in the exhibition hall, which is open for networking, deal making, and interviews between presentations.

Presenters will be available to showcase their companies and products in the exhibition hall, which is open for networking, deal making, and interviews between presentations.

“This had been a very exciting year for startups and entrepreneurs worldwide. The level of innovation and competence of this year’s Launch: Silicon Valley presenting companies is a validation of the success, growth and impact that Launch: Silicon Valley has had since the first event in 2005,” said Chris Gill, SVForum CEO. “Launch: Silicon Valley brings together the strength of Silicon Valley’s entire startup ecosystem to provide the critical networking, insights and services needed for startup success.”

The event will kick off with the Pre-Launch: Silicon Valley 2013 Press Briefing introducing the finalists to the media for their stories, and Pre-Event Party on the evening of June 3, when presenting startup teams will have the opportunity to network with some of Silicon Valley’s most influential executives and deal makers.

About Launch: Silicon Valley
In its 8th year, Launch: Silicon Valley is now firmly established as the premier product launch platform for Technology startups. The event, co-presented by SVForum, Garage Technology Ventures and Microsoft, provides the next generation of emerging technology companies with the opportunity to pitch their products to, and network with, an audience of Silicon Valley’s top VCs, Angels, corporate business development executives, prospective customers and partners, bloggers and media.

Launch: Silicon Valley is co-presented by SVForum, early stage venture capital firm Garage Technology Ventures and Microsoft, which will host the event at the Microsoft Silicon Valley campus in Mountain View. Additional sponsors include Accenture, Cooley LLP, Silicon Beat, IBM, Bridge Bank, Callidus Cloud, CitizenTekk, Deloitte, Global Media Strategy communications LLC, Halosys Technologies, Hummer Winblad, Life Science Angels, the Band of Angels, Nephoscale, Sand Hill Angels, the Angels Forum, The Kauffman Fellows Program, and VentureDeal.

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About SVForum
Established in 1983, SVForum is a leading Silicon Valley not-for-profit organization. SVForum provides an unbiased source of information and insight to the technology community. SVForum engages the community by creating connections and community, providing education and access to resource and linking the global business community to Silicon Valley. SVForum provides the latest insights on emerging technology trends and best business practices through events, specialized services and resources. SVForum reaches 15,000 technology professionals annually through more than 20 events each month. SVForum partners include global leaders Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Qualcomm and SAP, as well as leading venture capital firms, service providers and the Sobrato Foundation.

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About Garage Technology Ventures
Garage Technology Ventures is a seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with investors that include Thomas Weisel Partners and CalPERS, the California Public Employees Retirement System. Garage is focused on investing in emerging technology startups in the Western U.S.

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