GWC, a global platform for mobile innovation, is launching its global G-Startup pitch tournament with events in Tel Aviv and Beijing. The prize? Up to $300,000 and a trip to San Francisco.
G-Startup will launch in Israel and China as part of GWC’s Global Mobile Internet Conference series (GMIC) with GMIC Tel Aviv on March 22 and GMIC Beijing on April 28. One of the panels at GMIC Tel Aviv will be moderated by Geektime’s own Managing Editor Laura Rosbrow-Telem.
The current list of speakers include Microsoft VP Danny Yamin, Tencent VP Julian Ma, CEO Kai Yu of Horizon Robotics and Google Play’s Head of Apps & Games for the Middle East and North Africa, Iky Sandorffy. The list of topics will go beyond simple mobile, with the Internet of Vehicles taking a prominent spot after recent major announcements in the smart car and autonomous vehicles space. Mobile education (mEducation), Big Data, mobile health and mobile gaming will also be major points of focus.
After Tel Aviv and Beijing, there will be pitch contests in Tokyo (July 15), Jakarta (August 9), São Paulo (August 24), Bengaluru (November 16-17), Taipei (October 21-22) and finally the big event in Silicon Valley (September 28-30). The competitions will award 18 of the “most innovative, early-stage startups” from around the world. Each regional winner will receive an investment of $50,000 from GWC’s Global Innovator Fund and the second prize will receive $20,000. All the first prize winners will win free trips to the finals at GMIC Silicon Valley in September to compete for a $250,000 prize, with 2nd place grabbing an extra $120,000 in green. The grand prize winner will also get a G-Network Membership that gives them exclusive access to a network of techies and investors around the world.
Applications are now open for Tel Aviv and Beijing. All applicants will get a “Gold pass” to the conference itself. Applicants are “recommended” to have raised less than $1.5 million in seed funding already and produced a minimum viable product.