July 16, 2008
Submissions Now Open for Web 2.0 Summit Launch Pad: Fourth Edition Launch Pad Addresses the World's Need for Change
SAN FRANCISCO - July 10, 2008 - TechWeb (formerly CMP) and O'Reilly Media,
Inc., co-producers of the annual Web 2.0 Summit, today announce the Launch
Pad program, a unique public forum designed to uncover the most promising
Web startups, is open for submissions. The theme for this fourth edition
Launch Pad, Web Meets World, spotlights the industry's best startups that
use the Web's culture to change the world. For more information on
submitting your company or product for this year's Launch Pad and to
complete a submission form, visit:
http://en.oreilly.com/web2008/public/content/launchpad. The Web 2.0 Summit
takes place November 5-7, 2008 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.
Launch Pad's focus will be on startups in the fields of alternative
energies, social entrepreneurialism, microfinance, developing economies,
political action, renewable technologies, and other innovative areas. Web
2.0 Summit Launch Pad will provide Web 2.0 companies a chance to present
in front of six leading venture capitalists from Internet and Green
backgrounds, while receiving raw, real-time feedback from both judges and
"The conversation is no longer just about the Web, rather about the bigger
social movements driving the Web's greatest solutions," said John
Battelle, Web 2.0 Summit's Program Chair. "We've adjusted our Launch Pad
to reflect the natural progression of the conversation and, most
importantly, to present the Web's most promising innovations."
The Web 2.0 Launch Pad's judging panel of venture capitalists will sponsor
the program, thus eliminating company participation fees. Any company in
any stage of financing can compete for a slot on stage, whether or not
they are launching a new company or product. Judges will select the
finalists who will compete at the Web 2.0 Summit event and receive up to
ten minutes on stage to present to the entire Web 2.0 Summit audience and
the VC judging panel.
"We're honored to be a part of Web 2.0 Summit's Launch Pad: Web Meets
World. It allows us the unique opportunity to learn about those Web
companies working to improve the complex problems facing industries
outside the Web- something invaluable for Panorama Capital,"said Chris
Albinson of Panorama Capital. "Together with the Web 2.0 Summit's
audience, we'll uncover those shining stars working to build a better
Submission deadline for Web 2.0 Summit Launch Pad is September 10, 2008.
Final determination of the Launch Pad companies will be made by John
Battelle, Web 2.0 Summit's Program Chair, in concert with VC judges
including Chris Albinson of Panorama Capital, Vinod Khosla of Khosla
Ventures, and Mike Goguen of Sequoia Capital.
Web 2.0 Summit is produced by partners O'Reilly Media, Inc. and TechWeb
and is moderated by John Battelle, Program Chair, and O'Reilly CEO Tim
O'Reilly. Attendance is limited to maintain an intimate setting and foster
dialog among participants. General attendee registration is by invitation
only; requests for invitations are being accepted through mid-September.
Media credentials will also be extended by invitation only.
For more information on Web 2.0 Summit and to apply for an invitation,
To read coverage from Summit 2007, please visit:
To view select video from last year's Summit, please visit:
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