Pitch your startup with TechCrunch at FOWA in London

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TechCrunch UK is going to run a “Techcrunch Pitch!” contest for startups at the upcoming Future of Web Apps conference in London, and you’re invited. All you need to do is submit an entry, and we will choose the best three to come up on the stage at FOWA and pitch to an “American Idol” style panel consisting of Mike Butcher (Techcrunch UK), Ryan Carson (Carsonified), Kevin Rose (Digg) and a mystery guest, yet to be announced. The winner will get written about on TechCrunch. If you don’t have a company to pitch but want to come anyway, TechCrunch readers can get 15% off the event ticket using this promo code: “F0WA-tc”

So here’s how Techcrunch Pitch! @ FOWA will work:

You’ll need to shoot a 60 second video pitch and upload it to YouTube so that it appears on Techcrunch Elevator Pitches. In the video, tell us what your company does and how you plan to make money. Imagine you’re in an elevator and have only one chance to convince a potential backer that you deserve a follow-up meeting. Be sure to focus on your company’s big picture while avoiding too much detail about particular products. Please do not include any editing or graphic overlays – just a straight pitch from beginning to end. When you upload the video to YouTube, tag it with “tcpitch”, and then enter its information into our submission form. The deadline for submission is close of play Friday 3rd October.

When you’ve done all that, come back to this particular post on TechCrunch UK and leave a comment with a link to your pitch on Techcrunch Elevator Pitches so that we know who applied. All clear? Ok, go.

  • http://www.scottmallinson.com Scott Mallinson

    Is the mystery guest going to be Mark Zuckerberg by any chance?

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  • http://www.veedow.com Fabio

    Mike, what is the deadline for submission?

  • http://uk.techcrunch.com Mike Butcher

    The deadline for submission is close of play Friday 3rd October.

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  • anon

    What do you get if you win?

  • http://www.erepublik.com alexis bonte

    Mike, we already have a pitch in Techcrunch Elevator Pitches:


    Do we need to do a new one to apply?

  • http://enjoble.com Berislav Lopac

    Scott beat me to it. And I won’t tell you who told me two days ago that Zuck will be there. :P

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  • infolock

    so, yeah… are you guys paying for airfare and all that for the people you choose? or are they going to pay their own way?

  • http://www.feedza.com FeedZa

    I’m working on my elevator pitch today… Hopefully I’ll have something up by tomorrow. Thanks.

  • http://www.paloalto.co.uk Business Plan Pro

    For anyone looking for help with their business plan pitches we have plenty of articles, tips and advice available at: http://articles.bplans.co.uk/index.php/business-articles/financing-a-business/delivering-a-winning-business-plan-pitch/

    Good luck with the pitch – hope to see you at the London event. Alan

  • http://uk.techcrunch.com Mike Butcher

    infolock – Good question. No we’re not paying your airfare/costs. Hopefully the press you’ll get (from TechCrunch etc) from being selected to pitch to this panel – and possibly winning – is recompense enough, but that’s up to you, obviously. Good luck :-)

  • http://uk.techcrunch.com Mike Butcher

    alexis bonte – no, if that’s you’re entry, then that’s fine.

  • Chris

    Mike – Do they have to be “unlaunched” startups or will you also consider UK startups already launched but just starting down the road to making money ?

  • http://uk.techcrunch.com Mike Butcher

    Chris – Anything, just go for it.

  • http://www.iinclude.com iinclude.com

    @Mike: From your replies above just want to clarify that a non-existent start-up can apply. Mine is very much a concept that has been undergoing mainly research in to its business model.

  • http://uk.techcrunch.com Mike Butcher

    iinclude.com – Dude – If I were you I’d do a video pitch – frankly you never know……

  • http://www.erepublik.com alexis bonte
  • http://blueandpink.com Cuan

    How far out from a proto-type is too far ? 3/4 months ? to consider Pitching ?

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  • http://uk.techcrunch.com Mike Butcher

    Cuan – I cannot believe how people ask all these questions :-). I just wish people would do a video and post it. Frankly, no-one knows. For all I know a great idea pitched at FOWA with nothing to show may end up being THE NEXT BIG THING. That’s the fun part about all this.

  • http://www.learnitlists.com Nicola Robinsonova

    Here’s ours:

    We got rejected from pitches.techcrunch.com because of sound quality (birds singing, etc.)

    Can we still enter for FOWA with this video? Or must I redo it without the birds?


  • redeye

    I’d just like to clarify that if I ask too many questions I may get someone accusing me of being an idiot?

    Anyway here’s our pitch, it;s taken us years to get this far and we think that our product is absolutely disruptive – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJTnhiLGbqc

  • http://catchupz.com Carlo

    Hi Everyone,
    Working to create the actual prototype! Any feedback will be more than welcome!


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