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Launch Silicon Valley - Special Edition

SVForum Presents

Launch Silicon Valley
The World Cup Tech Challenge

May 20, 2014, Microsoft Campus, Silicon Valley

#LaunchSV #WorldCupTech @SVForum

about the event

For 8 years Launch: Silicon Valley has been firmly established as the premier product launch platform for startups from around the world. The event provides the next generation of emerging technology companies with the opportunity to present their products to, and network with, an audience of over 500 of Silicon Valley’s top VCs, Angels, corporate business development executives, prospective customers and partners, bloggers, and media.

Application has now closed

Application has now closed. The 30 qualified startups will be announced no later than April 20th. Tune in to check out the qualified startups and vote for your favorite. Be sure to register for tickets.

special world cup edition

This year's Launch: Silicon Valley will have a special World Cup Tech Challenge Edition. Tech startups from all over the world are welcome to apply and (if chosen) qualify to the 6 available launch spots within each of the 5 different Tech Groups presented below.

Digital Media

Digital Media - Mobile

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Powered by SAP Startup Focus
Education Technology


Next Generation Technology

Next Gen Technology

Enterprise Software

Enterprise Software

Group Sponsors

Judges and Panelists

Busy Burr

Citi Ventures

Marlon C. Nichols

Intel Capital

Steve Goldberg


Jonathan Barker

Thomvest Ventures

Dave Munichiello

Google Ventures

Wendy Lung

IBM Venture Capital Group

Anis Uzzaman

Fenox Ventures

James Maiocco

Microsoft Ventures

Lea Bajc

Northzone Ventures

Fadi Bishara


Ullas Naik

Streamlined Ventures

Mohanjit Jolly

Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Stephen Bernardez

Onset Ventures

John McIntyre

Citrix Startup Accelerator

Mike Katz

Battery Ventures

Lynne Chou

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Kaustav Mitra

SAP Startup Focus

Max Shapiro

Keiretsu Forum

Nicolai Wadström


Marc Burch

Department of Homeland Security (Innovation and Tech)

Ben Bayat

Illuminate Ventures

Zong Ling

IBM Software Group

More Judges and Panelists to be announced!


It all happens at Microsoft’s Campus in Mountain View, Silicon Valley!
Microsoft Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St, Mountain View, CA 94043

Thank you for hosting, Microsoft!


Thank you to our great sponsors that make this event possible! If you wish to become a platinum, gold, silver, group or prize sponsor, contact us for more information about the packages.

Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Official Presentation Partner

Global Outreach Partners


Launch: Silicon Valley is organized by SVForum, Silicon Valley's largest and oldest not-for-profit organization. We have a 30 year history of creating successful events, programs and conferences that educates, trains, inspires and connects the techies, entrepreneurs, corporates and investors in Silicon Valley. We do 150-200 events yearly in Silicon Valley, from San Jose to San Francisco.
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Adiba Barney


Denyse Cardozo

Finance & Operation Manager

Charlene Nee

Senior Program Manager

Rhinehart Reglos

Programs & Events Coordinator

Micaela Youmans

Social Media & Web Manager

Past Highlights

During the past 8 years, companies like Kongregate (acquired by GameStop), Bugcrowd, Onfarm, Triggit, Intelen, Jaxtr, Origami, Yodio, Truemors (acquired by NowPublic), Data Robotics, E3 Clean Technologies, TenCube (acquired by McAfee), Appbackr and over 200 other startups leveraged SVForum’s annual Launch: Silicon Valley event, to launch their products, raising over $200MM in venture capital, securing customers and partners along the way. Below you can check out the amazing and inspiring keynote speakers we have had in the past.

guy kawasaki

Author, Co-Founder Garage Technology Ventures, Apple Fellow, advisor at Motorola Mobility.
Topic: Guy’s views on entrepreneurs and startups, and on his new book Enchantment; The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. Watch Speech →


Partner at Khosla Ventures, Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems.
Topic: Best practices for venture firms. Watch Speech →


Author, inventor, futurist, Director of Engineering at Google.
Topic: Innovations in Innovation, on the rate of changing technology. Watch Speech →

steve blank

Author, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and academician.
Topic: "The Startup Owner's Handbook"

dan'l lewin

Corporate VP for Strategic and Emerging Business Development, Microsoft
Topic: The impact of innovation and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, the USA, and around the world. Watch Speech →

naval ravikant

Founder of AngelList, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and co-author of Venture Hacks blog. “An insightful keynote, reminding the audience that restarting is just as integral to success as starting itself.” Watch Speech →

bill reichert

Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures.
Topic: “The Future of Investing” and “The Changing Face of Venture Capital”.


Director, Software Strategy at IBM Venture Capital Group.
Topic: “The Future of Investing”.


Founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Founder of Draper University.
Topic: Speech about leadership, entrepreneurship, visions and taking risks.