The important things you need to know about this competition are:
€225,000.00 total prize pool for the winners, 1st prize is €150,000.00 with lots of promotion and mentoring
There is an awesome group of judges including David Leftley (Vodafone Ventures), Dave Tharp (Roulette Cricket), Joe Neale (m8 Capital), Fred Perron (Vodafone UK), Rudy de Waele (Founder of Mobile 2.0 Europe and dotopen), and Yuri van Geest (Co-Founder Mobile Monday Amsterdam & TEDx Amsterdam). Reshma Sohoni from SeedCamp is judging the final at PICNIK
Every entry receives feedback on their application and this alone is worth the entry just to see what the Jury and Vodafone think of your idea
Entries close the 12th of June, don’t miss out on this opportunity if your startup has anything to do with mobile (tablet, app, web, etc). Enter at the Vodafone Mobile Clicks web site.
This video covers the judging from last year’s event and includes Peter Vesterbacka, CEO of Angry Birds, who will also be speaking at The Inspire Conference on June 7 and 8 in London.
The Inspire Conference includes over 25 of the most impressive entrepreneurial speakers ever brought together for a UK conference, many of the speakers have presented at TED, DLD, SXSW, and Le Web.
Some of the companies attending the event include:
Google / DN Capital / DFJ Espirit / Mozilla / MIT Enterprise Forum / Boston Consulting Group / SparkPR / McGibney & Company / Reuters / Elstree Film Partnership / Binary Vision / The Telegraph / Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures / Springboard / WIRED / TweetDeck / Deutsche Bank / MSN / Clearleft / Latitude Group / Ideo / Seedcamp / 33 Seconds / The Guardian / Adaptive Labs / We Are Human
Imperial Entrepreneurs, who are working closely with Launch48 to organise a Launch48 event in London later this year, has announced a new event for social entrepneneurs; Enfinite: Potential Unleashed.
The event will include 10 teams of 5 from some on London’s best business schools competing for £500.00 in prize money and support from their sponsors including IBM, who is sponsoring Launch48′s Inspire Conference.
The event takes place at Imperial College on Saturday the 11th of June 2011 and you can apply by visiting their web site.
Launch48 is hoping to attend to offer guidance and introductions to our wider network of mentors and sponsors to successful teams. We hope to see you there.
Recently the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) was given money by the UK Government to distribute to technology and innovate startups. This drew a lot of interest and some controversy when it was announced. The grants can be up to £100,000.00 and there are a number of rules and ways companies can apply for them. Techcrunch has a good writeup and you can apply and ready about the grants at InnovateUK.org.uk
For those who are interested to learn more about the grants, want to practice pitching, or just want to hang out with startups you may want to visit Flagons Den on Tuesday the 17th of May at the Innovation Warehouse near Smithfield Market/Clerkenwell. It’s free and includes some drinks and nibbles.