photo of 2012 trophyThe preliminary program for the upcoming Semantic Technology & Business Conference (June, 2-5, 2013 in San Francisco) was announced yesterday. Today, we are pleased to add that the second annual “Top Semantic Start-Up Competition” is open for submissions! The contest will take place at the conference venue, the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, on Monday, June 3, 2013. Start-ups who wish to compete should visit http://semtechbizsf2013.semanticweb.com/start-up-comp.cfm for further details.

“It is a very exciting time for start-ups in the Semantic Technology sector. With organizations like Gartner taking note of the importance of these technologies, and companies of all sizes wanting to glean insight from increasingly available data sources, investors and customers are paying attention. Last year, the judges had a difficult time deciding which company would win the prize. This year, we expect that decision will be even harder,” said contest moderator, our own Eric Franzon.

There will be two phases to the contest. In phase one, companies enter a profile of their start-up in an online form (keep reading for details), and ten finalist companies will be selected to present their pitches in person at the Semantic Technology & Business Conference. In phase 2, those ten companies will each deliver a pitch in front of a panel of judges with experience in entrepreneurship and investment. A single company will be selected as the winner. Prizes will be awarded at the completion of each phase.

At the 2012 event, 3 Round Stones took home top honors, following a tough competition in front of a panel of expert judges. Once again, we have an outstanding judging panel that includes (pictured left to right):

Photos of (left to right): Phil Aucutt, Carla Cook, Renee DiResta, Kim Garretson, Mark Johnson, and Chris Shipley

  • Phil Aucutt, CEO, Edyt and TeamPatent
  • Carla Cook, Dir. of Business Development, The Daily Dot / CEO, SharpSkirts
  • Renee DiResta, Associate, O’Reilley Alpha Tech Ventures
  • Kim Garretson, Founding Partner, Ovative/Group
  • Mark Johnson, CEO, Zite
  • Chris Shipley, CEO, Guidewire Labs (former Executive Director, DEMO Conference)

The judges will be using the G/Score metric developed by Chris Shipley.

How to Enter:

The companies competing will have met the following conditions:

  • Have a demonstrable product (at least in “beta” stage) in the Semantic Tech and or Semantic Web space
  • Have received no more than a Series B round of financing

Application

For additional information and to apply, go to http://semtechbizsf2013.semanticweb.com/start-up-comp.cfm. Please note, that the application deadline is April 1, 2013.

Special thanks to the competition sponsor, Edyt.com