Innovate! 2010 Europe has kicked off and Guidewire Group has started accepting applications from promising technology startups. On a rolling basis, Guidewire Group’s analysts – led by Chris Shipley – will review all applications for eligibility and will select the best ones as semifinalists.
Innovate! is a unique program dedicated to fostering relationships between local entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world and the global entrepreneurial ecosystem centered in Silicon Valley through in-person events and the annual Innovate! 100 list of top startups.
Innovate!’s mission is to identify and showcase the most promising early-stage startups across the globe, and to help dramatically accelerate those businesses by connecting them with world-class partners, investors and press.
Semifinalists will be invited to participate in one of the Innovate! 2010 Pitch Slams which will be held in over 10 cities throughout Europe and Israel in March 2010. Like the poetry slams by which they’re inspired, the Pitch Slams will provide entrepreneurs with valuable feedback from their peers and a panel of expert judges.
Using Guidewire Group’s proprietary assessment framework, each Innovate! 2010 startup will be given a G Score that reflects its overall viability, and offers a detailed evaluation of its business and product execution strategies, team and business model. Participants will also be invited to take part in the Innovate! 2010 Silicon Valley tour, a weeklong trade mission featuring intensive mentoring workshops, private introductions and meetings, and exclusive visits to some of Silicon Valley’s leading companies.
The top-ranked companies will be named to Guidewire Group’s Innovate! 100 list of the most promising early-stage technology, media and telecom startups. Selection as one of theInnovate! 100 confers extraordinary endorsement, validation and promotion. Contact GuideWire Group to be informed when applications and nominations open.
You’re also invited to learn more about Guidewire Group’s 2009 Innovate!Europe program, which helped to accelerate the global expansion of Europe’s top startups.