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Leading California tech start-up competition touches down in UK

London entrepreneurs to compete for £20,000 Vator Splash pitching prize

Leading US tech pitching competition Vator Splash has announced it is coming to London’s Canary Wharf in November, allowing digital entrepreneurs to compete for a package of support worth £20,000.

The event, which will take place in the Level39 building on 7th November, aims to uncover the best tech and digital start-ups with high potential for growth and support them with a tailored package of mentoring, funding and legal services.

Started in San Francisco in 2010, Vator Splash has built a reputation for identifying tech start-up talent, helping to launch businesses such as online learning platform Udemy, health marketplace PokitDok and online therapy portal Breakthrough Behavioural.

Since launch businesses backed by the scheme have collectively raised $100m in follow-on funding.

The November 7 event will run from 2.30 to 7pm, with 10 shortlisted businesses delivering pitches to a panel of experienced tech investors including Jon Bradford of TechStars, Passion Capital’s Stefan Glaenzer, Ben Holmes of Index Ventures and Richard Muirhead of

One business will be selected to receive a support package worth £20,000, which includes free two-hour consultations with chartered accountants Blick Rothenberg and tech-focused law firm Taylor Wessing and free cloud hosting services from hosting company Rackspace.

The winning business will also have the opportunity to raise further funding through a three-hour ‘sit down’ meeting with a panel of top VCs, including representatives from DFJ Esprit, Wellington Partners and Passion Capital.

The event’s organisers say London was chosen as Vator Splash’s first non-US location because of initiatives such as Tech City securing its reputation as Europe’s digital capital.

Bambi Francisco, founder and chief executive of Vator Splash, said: “Vator Splash has an established presence in the US and in the last three years, our events coupled with our social network – which has grown to more than 100,000 start-up and investor members – has provided a springboard to some notable start-up success stories.

“As Europe’s Digital Capital, London was the obvious choice for our first event outside of the US. With the city’s start-up scene developing rapidly, we want to be part of the growth and the solution to help entrepreneurs get themselves discovered.”

Entrepreneurs can apply for the free-to-enter event by clicking here. Eligible businesses must be less than three years old with under €1m current funding. The deadline for applications is 19:00 on 25th October 2013.


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