The Startup Showdown is a must-attend event for investors, unmanned systems entrepreneurs and technology innovators. We are seeking early-stage, disruptive companies who are creating, innovating or enhancing unmanned systems technologies and applications.
Interested companies must complete the Startup Showdown Application by Friday, January 13, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel of judges, and all applicants will be notified by Monday, January 23, 2017 if they have been selected to be a semi-finalist.
Sixteen semi-finalists will be invited to attend AUVSI's XPONENTIAL 2017, and will participate in a closed panel session with our venture capitalist judges on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. This closed session is an opportunity for the judges to spend a few minutes with each founder, and to ask initial questions about their product or service and its potential. Each semi-finalist will present for ten minutes and will have five minutes to answer questions from the judges.
Three finalists will emerge from the closed session to compete in the Startup Showdown final round on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.
During the Startup Showdown Final Round, finalists will have six minutes each to pitch their business to the panel, and will then have a six-minute live question and answer session with the judges. All XPONENTIAL 2017 attendees and exhibitors will be invited to attend.
Participants should meet the following criteria:
Semifinalists will receive the following:
The Startup Showdown winner will receive:
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