Launch: Silicon Valley — The World Cup Tech Challenge 2014

Dates: May 20, 2014
Location: Mountain View, California
World Cup Tech

World Cup Tech

SVForum has announced Launch: Silicon Valley — The World Cup Tech Challenge. Modeled after the global soccer tournament, startups from all over the world are invited to apply to qualify for five spots in each of six different tech groups: FinTech, Digital Media, Enterprise Software, EduTech, Next Generation Technology, and HealthTech. The winners of each category will go home with “the World Cup” for their category, among other rewards.

Launch: Silicon Valley – The World Cup Tech Challenge will be held at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View, California, on May 20, 2014. The event begins at 8 a.m. and lasts all day. Event sponsors include CooleyMicrosoftIBMSAP, and SAP Startup Focus; Global Partners include BlackboxGarage Technology Ventures, and many more.  Applications must be submitted by April 10 for consideration; the qualifying companies will be announced by April 20.  For complete submission rules, judges, and more, please visit the official website at

For the last eight years, SVForum’s Launch: Silicon Valley has been the premier launch platform for startups on the rise, a chance to meet, present to, and get feedback from some of the most renowned VCs, angels, corporate venture firms, potential partners and customers, and more. The event is hosted and co-presented by Microsoft.

The qualifying startups will be invited to attend the event, showcase their product in the exhibit hall, and pitch to a panel of top Silicon Valley investors and tech industry luminaries. Winners will be selected in each Group, as well as one overall winner, based on both online votes and points from judges. The winning startups will take home prizes provided by the group and event sponsors.

Some of the panelists will include Dave Munichiello of Google Ventures, Marlon Nichols of Intel Capital, Michael Pachos of Samsung Ventures, Bill Reichert of Garage Technology Ventures, Mohanjit Jolly of Draper Fischer Jurvetson, John McIntyre of Citrix Startup Accelerator, Fadi Bishara of Blackbox, James Maiocco of Microsoft Ventures, Lynne Chou of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Busy Burr of Citi Ventures.

“Microsoft is proud to be hosting and sponsoring Launch: Silicon Valley,” said Matt Thompson, General Manager of Developer and Platform Evangelism at Microsoft. “Launch is a great event for startups, and the ‘World Cup Tech Challenge’ theme adds an exciting new dimension.”

In keeping with the international theme, each startup will also be able to represent their country in style—country jerseys will be made for participating companies and attendees, and flags will be displayed. The Launch audience will also be invited to participate in the process: in addition to voting for their favorite startups, the audience can root for both companies and countries online and on Launch Day via dedicated hashtags. The audience votes, combined with determinating votes from the panel judges, will decide the winning startups.

About Launch

In its 9th year, Launch: Silicon Valley is firmly established as the premier product launch platform for Technology startups. The event, presented by Silicon Valley not-for-profit SVForum, 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 and Microsoft, who will host the event at their Mountain View campus. Additional sponsors include Cooley LLP, SAP, and IBM.

About SVForum

For over thirty years, SVForum has been the leading not-for-profit organization in the Bay Area, providing unbiased source of information and insight to the technology community. SVForum’s wealth of programs create networks and relationships, as well as providing education and access to resources both in person and digitally to a global audience. The organization reaches over 20,000 of the most important thought leaders, VCs, innovators and CEOs in technology. Its partners include global leaders IBM, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and SAP, as well as leading venture capital firms and service providers.

For further information, visit the SVForum website at