15th Founder Showcase: May 15th, 2014

The Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley’s leading seed-stage startup event, gathering top technology founders and investors to hear and learn from leading experts, and help launch promising new companies to greatness.

The 15th edition of the Founder Showcase is scheduled for Thursday, May 15th at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View.

The event will feature talks from leading startup entrepreneurs and investors, as well as a series of educational workshops for early-stage founders. Confirmed as our first speaker is Scott Painter, the Founder & CEO of TrueCar, the disruptive automotive intelligence company that just filed for an IPO. In his career, Scott has started 37 companies and has raised over $1.25 billion in venture capital.

Guests will also see an entertaining Pitch Competition featuring 6 promising seed-stage companies, and enjoy appetizers and drinks in a networking hall full of other hot startups demoing their wares for a chance to present on stage in the Demo Table Competition.

Early-Bird Tickets are available until April 25th, so get your tickets or table today.

Are you a startup looking for exposure? Applications to the free pitch competition are over, but you can still get onstage through the Demo Table or CrowdPitch competition.


Keynote Speakers

Scott Painter, Founder & CEO of TrueCar

Scott Painter is the founder and CEO of TrueCar, the leading automotive intelligence company that disrupted the industry and recently filed for an IPO. In his illustrious career, Scott has started 37 companies and raised over $1.25 billion in venture capital. Previously, he was the Founder & CEO of CarsDirect.com, an early advisor to Tesla, an IdeaLab CEO and an eCompanies CEO, and his other ventures include Advertise.com, SharesPost, PriceLock, US Digital Gaming, Zag.com and Brighthouse.

More speakers for the 15th Founder Showcase will be announced shortly.

Pitch Judges

Leading venture capitalists and angel investors participate in a judging panel onstage to review, and provide feedback for startups at the Founder Showcase event.

Judges for the 15th Founder Showcase will be announced shortly. To see a past past judging panel, see our last event page.


2:30pm – 3:00pm: Welcoming Reception with Appetizers
3:00pm – 3:15pm: Opening Remarks by the Emcee, Adeo Ressi
3:15pm – 4:00pm: Main Pitch Competition: Round 1 Pitches & Voting
4:00pm – 4:45pm: Main Pitch Competition: Round 2 Pitches & Voting
4:45pm – 5:00pm: Showcase Showdown and Grand Prize Winner
5:00pm – 6:30pm: Intermission Reception with Appetizers and Drinks
6:30pm – 7:00pm: Expert Pitch Feedback, with the Audience Choice & CrowdPitch Award Winners
7:00pm – 7:45pm: Keynote Speaker (TBA)
7:45pm – 8:15pm: Keynote Speaker (TBA)
8:15pm – 8:45pm: Early-Stage Startup Workshop
8:45pm – 9:00pm: Conclusion
9:00pm – ???: Showcase Afterparty (details TBA)

Apply to the Showcase Competition

Any company less than 2 years old and with less than $250,000 in funding can apply to the Showcase Contest – for FREE. Click here for more information.


Tickets & Demo Tables

Tickets and Demo Tables are very limited and sell out quickly, so please RSVP today.



Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus
1065 La Avenida, Building 1
Mountain View, CA, 94043
Free parking available

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