DEMO Europe Results
DEMO is the oldest tech forum in North America, one that has been held for more than 20 years. In that time it has received 20000 applications, of which 1500 have been chosen. They include Netscape Navigator, Java, Skype Mobile, Palm Computing, TiVo, Leapfrog, Shopping.com, Salesforce.com, SHAZAM, and other projects.
The cumulative investment received by companies in the first few months after their participation in the conference adds up to $4.5 billion. In addition, around one quarter of the startups that have taken part in DEMO in the past four years are currently subdivisions of such giants as Adobe, Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Symantec, Viacom, Yahoo, and others.
On June 3-4 the first DEMO Europe conference was organized by Digital October Center. The projects Realtimeboard.com, Amplifr.com, WeStudy.in, and RuTuner.fm were honored with the status of DEMO Gods.
Our center received several hundred applications from more than ten countries, including the US and UK, as well as countries in Europe and Asia. The short list of 50 projects, determined in collaboration with Microsoft BizSpark, was made up of
30 demo pitches — detailed demonstrations of how the product works —
lasting six minutes, and 20 alpha pitches—short 90 second speeches.
Project leaders were assisted by experienced trainers as they presented their innovative developments to the DEMO Europe audience.
The demo pitch authors had the honor of working with legendary Silicon Valley business trainer Nathan Gold, a veteran of work with IBM, SanDisk and Palm, while those making alpha pitches worked with British consultant Andrea Cockerton, who has already helped over 600 companies attract investment.
The two day schedule saw guests of the conference enjoying addresses from IT experts from around the world:
Sergey Belousov, senior partner and co-founder of Runa Capital; Marcin Hejka, Intel Capital European director, and his Russia and CIS colleagues Maxim Krasnykh and Igor Taber; Maxim Gurvits, founder of Eleven Startup Accelerator, a Bulgarian company; David Cohen, CEO of the American business accelerator TechStars; Gentry Underwood, CEO of Orchestra; Henrik Brandis, managing partner of the Earlybird VC fund; and others.
DEMO Europe also featured panels devoted to the problems facing European venture funds and the latest startup accelerator technology, and a recording of a special release of the interactive TV project October Evolution hosted by Erick Schonfeld, producer of American DEMO conferences and the former senior editor at TechCrunch.
Recording of the first day – June 3
Main program: demonstrations of travel and cloud projects, online solutions for personal growth, Alpha Pitch sessions, speeches by Sergey Belousov and Henrik Brandis, panel discussions featuring venture capitalists, and presentations of accelerators.
Additional program: CID Moscow section regarding business acceleration in Russia
Recording of the second day – June 4
Main program: speeches by Michael McFaul and Gentry Underwood, an interview by Erick Schonfeld with Eric Litman, demonstrations of mobile, music, and partly-offline services, a special release of the October Evolution, and a review of the conference.
Additional program: presentation of CID Moscow
Schonfeld Producer of DEMO, ex-TechCrunch
Cohen CEO and co-founder of TechStars
Underwood CEO Orchestra/Mailbox
Beloussov Runa Capital
McFaul United Stated Ambassador to Russian Federation
Litman CEO Medialets
Hejka Managing Director Intel Capital in Eastern Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia
Vorontsov Head of Yandex.Music
Brandis Managing Partner and co-founder at Earlybird VC
Dayinlarli VP at 212
Gurvits cofounder at Eleven Startup Accelerator
Karabey Managing Director at 212, Butigo.com, Hazinem.com, Solvoyo
Buch Managing Director, StartupBootcamp Copenhagen
Ibragimov technology VP at EBRD
Taber Director at Intel Capital Moscow
Alimov Frontier Ventures
Junk Gibson Guitar Corporation Representative in Russia and the CIS, ex-President of Universal Music Group in Moscow
Puri CEO Monkey Inferno
Krasnykh Director at Intel Capital Moscow, Russia & CIS)
Povarov OEM at Acumatica
Weber East Coast & Design Editor at The Next Web
Gold DEMO Coach
Burfield co-founder at 1776 incubator, Washington DC
Silverman SVP IDG Enterpise/DEMO
Bugaev Owner of Nordic Agency AB
Yolkina Head of International Networking, Yandex
Eremin VC Lead for Russia at Microsoft
Mandell co-founder at LaunchSquad
Ivanov Partner at Life.SREDA
Rodionova Senior Manager in Corporate Finance, PwC
Cockerton Founder of Mudhut