The Austin Technology Council is giving six startup companies a chance to present their businesses at the upcoming CEO Summit.
UPDATE: Any qualifying founder or high level executive of an early stage company based in Austin can submit an application to pitch at the ATC Startup Showdown. The deadline to submit an application is 5 p.m. central time on May 11. The six companies chosen to pitch will receive free registration to the conference.
The Austin Technology Council CEO Summit will be held at the Austin Hilton on May 17th and 18th. On Friday, immediately following a panel discussion of several national Venture Capitalists about investing in Texas, the six selected participants of the ATC Startup Showdown will each get six minutes on stage to present their businesses. A panel comprised of venture capitalists will provide the companies with feedback and name a winner of a competition.
For startups looking for early stage investment, the ATC Startup Showdown provides exposure to potential investors. The ATC board of directors will chose the six finalist selected to present.
“The Startup Showdown is a direct result of conversations that happened at SXSW this past March. ATC member companies, board and staff met dozens of investors from outside Texas looking to invest aggressively in local tech— and our local investors welcome the influx,” Austin Technology Council president, Julie Huls said in a statement. “This Showdown allows us to gain valuable outside insight about how we can better position our companies for competitive, and investment, success; we increase visibility for our market as a tier-one player; and we showcase our local innovation and talent. Besides, as Texans, we are always looking to up the ante!”
An estimated 300 CEOs and other executives are expected to attend the Austin Technology Council CEO Summit 2012 on May 17-18 at the Hilton Austin. It costs $399 to register through May 4 and $599 through May 11. Registration, will close at 5 p.m. May 11. Companies that purchase a membership to ATC will receive $100 off of registration.