Ladies and Gentlemen,
The nomination process for India’s largest startup event, UnPluggd has begun and starting today, we will accept the nomination from startups to launch at the event (on Nov 15th/Bangalore).
As with UnPluggd’s last editions, 10 startups will be selected to demo their products at the event and the selection process involves NextBigWhat team + Panel of Judges (we will be announcing the panel very soon).
Demoing @ UnPluggd
Starting today, we will accept the nomination from startups to launch/demo at the event. If you are a startup or a product company, you get an opportunity to demo your product in front of India (and SE Asia)’s investor/corporate/geeky community.
Any product company that is launching a new product can apply for the nomination slot. Earlier it was only startups, but now given that a lot of startups are going great guns, we realized that we need to give their products a visibility platform as well.
Having said that, the preference will be given to startups who are launching @UnPluggd. Also, please note that we’d need atleast 1 cofounder to be present on the stage during the launch.
Date: Nov 15th, 2014 [UnPluggd site]
Venue: Bangalore (MLR Convention Center/Whitefield).
Ticketing: Super early bird ticket is ON (valid only till Sep 20th). use the code UNPLUGGDWINTER [link] Nomination Deadline: Oct 30th.
Qn: Who Can Apply?
Early stage technology product startups. Preference is given to startups who are launching at UnPluggd.
Qn: Why Apply?
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Qn: What is the Nomination Process like?
Once the nomination is closed (deadline is Oct 30th), 50 companies will be selected and these companies will be contacted via email. We (i.e. the panel) will schedule meetings/skype conference with the companies in order to understand their business in depth. Out of 30, the final list of presenting startups (10) will be selected.
Qn: Who sees my submission?
The NextBigWhat team (Ashish Sinha & Pratyush Prasanna). At a later stage, we will announce the panel and you can choose not to share details with a panel member, if you aren’t comfortable with the names (for competitive reasons).
If you are selected for further rounds, we will get in touch with you to discuss more details/process.
Qn: I want to launch my product at UnPluggd!
Nothing like launching your product at an event where you can derive maximum eye balls – right from angel investors to VCs, media and most importantly, early adopters. Send in your nomination right away.
Qn: Do presenting companies have to pay?
Nothing. Presenting companies DO NOT have to pay to showcase at the event. Having said that, you will have to bear your travel/stay/event entry charges.
PS: You CANNOT buy your way into the launch stage, unlike several other demo events.
Qn: What about Nomination? Is it free?
Yes. Free as in, Free. F.R.E.E.
Qn: We are still developing the product and plan to launch it by Nov. Are we eligible?
In general, we don’t want to showcase just prototypes, but we suggest that you go ahead and nominate your startup. If you have a matured prototype (with thought-thru’ use cases), we would surely love to have you at the event.
Qn: I am a services company. Should I apply?
UnPluggd has always been about product startups and that’s where we will focus this time too. Of course the event itself would be a great opportunity to meet potential customers, startups and cool people.
Qn: We haven’t yet started making money. Shall we nominate ourselves?
Well, it takes a while for product companies to monetize in India. We respect IP (Intellectual Properties) and would love to have your nomination.
Qn: Who are the VCs attending the event?
Pretty much all the known and unknown names. Apart from VC firms, a lot of angel investors will be present at India’s finest Startup event, UnPluggd.
Qn: I have more questions.
Do join our Facebook group (http://facebook.com/groups/unpluggd/) and ask the question there itself. Otherwise, you can ask here (in the comment section) or get in touch asap [email: firstname.lastname@example.org]. Do mention “UnPluggd” in the subject line.