Launches New Pitch Event for Early-Stage Startups

Ten Companies Chosen by their Peers Will Present Onstage at Vator Splash

Jan 29, 2010, 08:00 ET from

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- (, the place for companies to showcase and market themselves, is launching Vator Splash, a unique startup pitch and networking event taking place on Thursday, February 4th at the Cafe du Nord in San Francisco, CA. That evening, 10 promising early-stage tech companies, as selected by their peers and vetted by judges on the open Vator Splash Competition (, will present their businesses to an audience of over 300 investors, founders, and members of the press. Vator Splash guests will also be treated to drinks and informative talks by two leading Silicon Valley CEOs – Mark Pincus of Zynga, and Jeff Smith of Smule. Prominent blogger Robert Scoble will be on hand to present the companies, and venture capitalists from Silicon Valley's leading investment firms will help evaluate the winners.


" has always been about helping startups get exposure and break into the tight-knit community of technology leaders. By crowd-sourcing the selection process of this competition to's vibrant startup community, we broadened the playing field to who gets access to the relevant audience at Splash," said Bambi Francisco, Founder and CEO of Vator, Inc. 

Over 170 companies entered the competition to present onstage and more than 3,000 individual votes were cast. The winning companies will be announced the evening of the event.

The program will be followed by an afterparty at the Cafe du Nord featuring a musical performance by Black Mahal, led by Venture Capitalist and guitarist Tim Chang of Norwest Venture Partners.

Tickets and information are available at

The twitter hash tag for the event is #vatorsplash.


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