Design Startup Showcase: Call for proposals

Get your new design product or prototype in front of industry movers and shakers at the O’Reilly Design Conference.

By Mary Treseler
October 18, 2015
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The O’Reilly Design Conference is just a few short months away, and we’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be hosting a Startup Showcase.

We’re seeking design startups that want to pitch judges and attendees — a broad selection of venture capitalists, leaders, and innovators from the investment and design communities. Your product does not need to be a design product or a product for designers explicitly, but we expect design to be embedded in your company’s DNA.

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Successful applicants will receive free space in the exhibit hall at the Design Conference. Onsite, a panel of judges will vote for the best in show — winners will be announced on the keynote stage and will be featured in a post on

Startup requirements include:

  • Must be early stage, under three years.
  • Your product should not yet be launched but within view of shipping an early version, or you may bring a fairly polished prototype (you can’t show up with a laptop displaying a 3D rendering).
  • Your startup must be pre-Series A.
  • Your product must be scalable, repeatable — i.e., not a consultancy.

Our stellar review panel includes John Maeda of Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers; Irene Au of Khosla Ventures; Enrique Allen of Designer Fund; and many others you will recognize. Step up and tell us why your startup should be a part of the O’Reilly Design Conference.

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