Shark Tank, Dragons’ Den, and Silicon Valley; startup culture is invading popular culture, and this year you can see a startup competition taking place live at SOLIDWORKS World 2017. SOLIDWORKS has teamed up with AlphaLab Gear, a top US tech accelerator, to host the National Hardware Cup West Coast Regional at SOLIDWORKS World in LA on Tuesday, February 7 at 4:00pm PST.
During the competition, six hardware startups will pitch to local venture capitalists and investors live in front of attendees. The winner will receive $3,000 in cash, a one-year subscription to SOLIDWORKS, and a spot to compete in the National Finals for a $50,000 grand prize investment. By attending, there’s a chance you’ll get to say you witnessed the next big thing in person before it was cool.
Say you already have a startup, why not apply to pitch an esteemed panel of judges? The panel of venture capitalists includes:
Kate McAndrew, Bolt
Vaughn Blake, Autochrome Ventures
Aymerik Renard, Western Digital Capital
Austin Clements, TenOneTen Ventures
Fred Vacher, Dassault Systemes
Who can apply to participate in the challenge? Any company with a physical product component is eligible to pitch its business (Internet of Things/Connected Devices, Consumer Products & Consumer Electronics, Fashion, Food, Manufactured Products, Health/Medical, Robotics, etc.). The deadline to apply your business is January 22, 2017 and you can submit your application here. Here’s what to do if you’d just like to attend the event: If you’ve already registered for SOLIDWORKS World 2017, there’s no more action required on your end. If not, you can register for SOLIDWORKS World 2017 today and buy three passes for the price of two!