If there is one thing that almost every developer wants, it is to make their way to Silicon Valley and spend just a day or two engaging different minds – getting even more time at the place would be a blessing for many.
Now startups have a chance to compete for a chance to pitch their solutions at Silicon Valley in this year’s edition of World Cup Tech Challenge.
Launched for the first time in May, last year, the event was introduced to provide an opportunity for startups from around the world to showcase their latest technologies and compete for the World Championship title and now it has opened applications for startups that have already launched in their local countries and want to launch at a global stage.
Startups in the global tech and entrepreneur community are now invited to apply for the global pitch event – the 2nd annual World Cup Tech Challenge 2015 – and can also invite their peers to be part of the journey to finding the best technology solution in the world.
To apply for consideration in the competition, startups are required to visit the application page here, fill out the form provided on the site and upload an executive summary of no more than two pages together alongside a 2-minute video pitch. The video pitch is however not necessary at the application stage but will be required for online voting for companies that have qualified for the finals.
For the selection process, 35 judges are tasked with selecting 24 Startups from around the globe who then compete in 6 different tech categories that include Digital Media-Mobile, HealthTech, Next Gen Technology, EdTech, Enterprise Software and FinTech, with each category having 4 spots available for winning solutions.
Submissions will be received until April 27, with the 24 qualifying startups scheduled for announcement not later than May 10, 2015 and the pitching event at Silicon Valley scheduled for June. Attendance will not be free though, finalists wil have to pay a participation fee of $5oo (KSh 46,000) that will cater for four tickets, a Demo table with signage, 120V power and wireless internet connection and 5 minutes to pitch the product as well as 5 minutes Q&A.
The ultimate winner who earns the highest score will be awarded with a 3D printed cup as well as a cash prize that is to be disclosed at a later time as it is subject to discussion.