DEW Startup Pitch & Competition


The DEW Startup Pitch & Competition showcases the latest technological advancements in digital entertainment including game, video, publishing, advertising and music as well as social, mobile and web technologies and platforms. DEW is looking to identify 12 innovative startups with products and technologies contributing to consumer engagement, experiences and monetization of digital content – all 12 finalists will pitch to an all-star panel of investors and media.


Competition Organizer

IDG World Expo and Digital Media Wire

*Available in all states*

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Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Graduate - All U.S.
  • Undergraduate - Canada
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - All U.S.
  • Business - Canada
  • Business - Local U.S.
  • Business - All U.S.
  • Graduate - Canada
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Technology - Other
  • Specialized Industries
  • Virtual/Online
  • Business - Global
  • Graduate - Global
  • Undergraduate - Global
  • iStart
  • PitchBurner
Who's Eligible

-Eligible startups must have a demonstrable product or service in the market (or in beta).
-If your startup has received external funding, it can only be funding up to $5MIL USD.
-You must be prepared to talk about your product and service in public and have it recorded for public broadcast.

Competition Prizes

The 2014 DEW Startup Competition Winner received a prize package valued at over $74,000, including:
-A $25,000 investment from Manatt Venture Fund in the form of a convertible note.
-Professional and business services from L.A.-based law firm Manatt, Phelps & Philipps LLP ($25,000 value)
-A full year of free hosting service on Rackspace ($24,000 value)
-An invitation to the San Francisco office of IDG Ventures for a two-hour consultation with senior partners of the firm.

Each of the 11 finalists selected to compete at DEW will also receive $1,000 per month in free hosting service for 12 months on Rackspace ($12,000 value).