1st Annual Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day
Our 2014 Demo Day featured 10 startups, representing our tech hub partners in Chicago, Detroit, Denver, Durham, Nashville, Minneapolis, and Waterloo. The startups were a mix of B2B and B2C founders working on ideas ranging from big data to new marketplaces to healthcare.
At the conclusion of the event, judges crowned a "Judges' Favorite" which went to Windsor Circle, an email retention automation platform based out of our partner space in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Of course, the real winners were whichever startups received funding as a result of the pitch day. We were thrilled when judge Steve Case took the microphone to announce his decision to invest $100,000 in every startup that pitched! A big supporter of and investor in innovation beyond Silicon Valley, he sent a strong message to the attendees and the tech community about the strong innovation that is happening all over the US and Canada. Mr. Case will also join the 2015 Demo Day.
Many of the startups raised money from other venture capitalists at Demo Day, and all startups reported that their participation at the Google for Entrepreneurs Demo Day greatly helped them get more interest and funding long after Demo Day.