International Startup Festival is Headed to The Big Apple

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The International Startup Festival is bringing its Elevator World Tour to New York City’s One World Trade Centre.

The Montreal-based series of events has already toured to Toronto’s CN Tower and Tel-Aviv’s Azrieli Center towers. Now Phil Telio and his team are headed to the Big Apple.

However, it looks like the event is only open to US startups. One hundred of the country’s “most promising startups” will be pitching a panel of investors and experts, hoping to secure “fame and funding.”

“We’re thrilled that the first event in One World Trade Center showcases startups and innovation,” said Telio. “It’s a reminder that the country was built on entrepreneurs, and that the world’s greatest companies start with a great idea and an unstoppable founder.”

In startup circles, an ‘elevator pitch’ is a short summary of your business model—ideally delivered in less time than it takes to ride an elevator, but compelling enough to get a follow-up meeting.

Other stops on the tour have included Toronto’s CN tower and the Azrieli Tower in Tel Aviv, with upcoming events in Rio de Janeiro, Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Dubai and Santiago.

Up to 100 aspiring startups will compete for an investment of $100,000 from a team of angel investors. Judges so far include Jamie O’Hara of Grise Global Groupe, Jesse Kaplan of Plazacorp, Danny Knafo, Michael Hollinger, Randy Smerik of OsunaTech, Ruma Bose and Geoff Judge of iNovia Capital. Additional judges will be named shortly.

Startups from around the world can apply to pitch before May 7th. The event takes place from4:30 PM to midnight on May 22nd, at One World Trade Centre in New York City.

The Elevator World Tour™ travels to the world’s most active startup cities, and the world’s most impressive elevators, connecting entrepreneurs and investors around the globe. The Tour is a spinoff of the International Startup Festival, an event for startups, entrepreneurs, and investors that brings over 2,000 people from 20 countries together each year.

Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk

Joseph Czikk is Managing Editor at Betakit. Prior to Betakit Joseph wrote for the National Post, Montreal Gazette, Vancouver Sun, Regina Leader Post, Techvibes and BC Business Online. Joseph often goes crazy on twitter during NHL and NFL games.