About

The leading event for seed-stage startups & investors

The Founder Showcase is the leading global event that helps seed-stage startups learn, launch, network, and be successful. The event, hosted by TheFunded.com, began in 2009 and takes place approximately twice per year. The Founder Showcase stage has hosted luminary speakers, such as Elon Musk (Founder of Tesla and SpaceX) and David Sacks (Founder of Yammer), and previous companies that presented in the free pitch competition have raised in excess of $130 million.

To attend the upcoming Founder Showcase, get your tickets today.

 

 

The Vision


Democratize Access to Silicon Valley

We understand that it can be very difficult for startups to get the exposure they need to be successful. The Founder Showcase’s open pitch competition gives any seed-stage company the opportunity to get in front of investors and the media.  These companies do not pay to present, and tickets and Event Tables for everybody else are designed to be very affordable.

It’s a Learning Experience

The Founder Showcase exposes you to pitches from the most innovative new startups, and a Judging Panel of experienced CEOs and top-rated investors critique and grade each pitch – asking the key questions that any entrepreneur can expect to face.

We also get the highest rated CEO Mentors from the Founder Institute, an entrepreneur training program, to give informative and practical talks designed to help early-stage founders succeed. Previous speakers include Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX, Kevin Rose of Digg and Google Ventures, Aaron Levie of Box, Mark Suster of GRP Partners, Jason Calacanis of Mahalo, Aaron Patzer of Mint.com, Phil Libin of Evernote, Naval Ravikant of AngelList and VentureHacks, Hiten Shah of KISSmetrics, Munjal Shah of Like.com, Philip Kaplan of Adbrite and Blippy. See previous videos of the workshops here.

The Most Innovative Start-Ups

While most other similar events feature companies raising their Series-A, we go one step earlier, as our presenters are all less than 2 years old and have raised less than $250,000 in funding. In other words, we give you the chance to see some of the most interesting companies of tomorrow before anyone else. The result? Over $130mm has been raised by Founder Showcase alumni thus far, including top companies like Thumbtack.com, RelayRides, Udemy, Breakthrough, VSee, Topicmarks, Kaggle, and many more. Check out the Founder Showcase Hall of Fame here.

To attend the upcoming Founder Showcase, get your tickets today.


The Founder Showcase is produced by Jonathan Greechan, Partner at TheFunded.com and the Founder Institute. Follow him on Twitter @jonnystartup.

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