What are the Most Promising startups across the Midwest? Those embedded in the region’s startup ecosystems know best, so help us find them by nominating the best and brightest by nominating your choice today. Ultimately, one startup from each Midwestern city will be recognized as Most Promising in their city. Then, three finalists — the best of the best from across the Midwest based on review from a panel of Startup Voodoo judges — must attend Startup Voodoo and make their one-minute pitch on Sept. 25, with the chance to win a package of services and funding valued at $10,000 — with funding generously provided by Daugherty Business Solutions, as well as 10 hours of free legal services from the Polsinelli law firm, 10 of free marketing services from Elasticity, and a collection of merchandise – with the winner’s brand on it – from CafePress.com.
The criteria for consideration includes:
Less than two years in operation;
Less than $150,000 in capital raised;
Businesses in digital technology, biosciences, or ag-tech spaces.
Here’s how the process for consideration works:
Using the outlined criteria above, nominate your choice for Most Promising;
A Startup Voodoo panel of judges will cull each city’s nominations down to a Top 5 Most Promising Startups;
In mid-August, Startup Voodoo will present the top Midwestern startups by city and you can vote for the Most Promising;
On Sept. 25 at Startup Voodoo in St. Louis, the winning startups from each city will be announced and the Top 3 will pitch their case to the Startup Voodoo panel of judges during the conference;
Just prior to the afternoon keynote, Startup Voodoo’s Most Promising 2014 will be named and awarded $5,000.