London, United Kingdom, August 07, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Platform puts startups in the spotlight to pitch their ideas before top gaming industry executives
EiG, the European iGaming Congress & Expo, has now opened submissions for its fifth annual LaunchPad taking place on 16-18 October 2012, at the Fira de Barcelona Granvia, Spain.
During EiG’s highly-competitive LaunchPad initiative, startups seeking to gain exposure and thrive in this multibillion-dollar industry will have the opportunity to display their wares and connect with high-level 1,700-plus delegates, gaming executives, regulators, investors, and a select panel of judges whose vote will evaluate their outcome. The finalist participants also have the chance to showcase their company at the Startup Zone with a stand on the EiG Expo floor.
This year’s judging panel is comprised of a mix of investors and industry veterans on the hunt for ‘the next big thing’ in gaming. It includes Edward Pfeiffenberger, Managing Director of Venatus Interactive and investor in the LaunchPad 2010 winner, Passoker; Phil Cronin, industry veteran and founder of one of the most successful bingo sites, Tombola; Uri Levy, VP for Business Development of Playtech, responsible for the company’s M&A activities and Mark Blandford, founder of Sportingbet and a known investor in the iGaming space.
“Several of my investments came about as a result of connections made at EiG. The start-up LaunchPad is the best industry opportunity for me to spot new trends and interesting companies,” Mark Blandford commented on his continuing involvement in the Startup LaunchPad.
The Startup LaunchPad was first created five years ago to spotlight innovation in the European iGaming and has successfully expanded its global editions with the recent successful foray into the heart of Silicon Valley at Clarion’s North American event GiGse. With the support of the LaunchPad partner NVPR, even savvier VCs and investors took note of the LaunchPad’s relevance in the marketplace.
The addition of the format received widespread press in the US, ranging from social media press luminaries like Mashable and VentureBeat, to the esteemed business outlet Reuters, and many other publications in between.
Additionally, Startup LaunchPad participants receive press attention and garner mindshare. Three of the four past EiG winners have either raised the capital they were seeking, or partnered with industry giants shortly after winning. This was not just true exclusively for the winners: Crowd Park who was just a runner-up at EiG 2011, for example, also raised capital shortly after participating at LaunchPad.
The EiG LaunchPad is open to all gaming startups that offer innovative solutions to the iGaming sector, whether on the B2B or B2C basis, that include, but are not limited to, areas such as game software, mobile and the sought-after social gaming.
Applications to the LaunchPad must be received before Friday, September 7, 2012 at 4.59 p.m. GMT. Interested startups can submit their applications at www.eigexpo.com
EiG - Unravelling European iGaming. Each year EiG serves as a melting pot at which iGaming’s CEOs and thought leaders mix with regulators and the brightest new market entrants. 2012 is no exception as EiG returns to its spiritual home in Barcelona across 16th – 18th October.
Courtesy of a compelling mix of panel discussions, case studies and brainstorming sessions, the 11th European iGaming Congress and Expo will dissect the social gaming phenomenon, drilling down to evaluate its value as a player acquisition and retention tool as well as a new business model. Find out about monetization models, player migration strategies, new business opportunities, regulations, the opening of new markets and a whole lot more, across three days of exhilarating learning and priceless networking.
To join 1700 of the industry’s most progressive minds in one of Europe’s most attractive cities simply visit www.eigexpo.com – you are guaranteed to be in the very best of company.
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