Startup Opportunities: Pitch the CMO Club at SXSW, Havas Media Wants Startup Speakers, $100k+ in Unilever Pilots & More

January 28th, 2016

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Founder friends,

It’s amazing when a corporate exec truly understands startup partnerships, which is why you have to read this spot-on piece about how startups can set the right KPIs for pilot programs.

We hope your 2016 is off to a roaring start and are excited to help you find great partnerships this year.

Opportunities right now:

* SXSW Opp: CMO Club Pitch Competition
* Havas Media Seeks Great Startup Speakers for Events in NYC
* 2 New Unilever Foundry Pilots (Plus 3 With Jan 30 Deadlines)
* Accelerators: Techstars Mobility, Urban-X from MINI, Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator, Techstars Retail
* Last chance: Apply for I-COM’s Competition with an Intro from KITE

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SXSW Opp: CMO Club Pitch Competition

CMO Club Pitch Competition
What: KITE is selecting eight startups to fast-pitch judges (CMO Club members) in front of senior marketers at the exclusive CMO Club House in Austin
When: Saturday, March 12. Time commitment is 1:30pm to 3:30pm
What they’re looking for: Startups with cool products or services that would excite CMOs
Qualifications: Must already have plans to attend SXSW and be available March 12
Application Deadline: February 12

Planning to attend more tentpoles this year? Let us know which ones so we can reach out to you with relevant pitch opps, party invites and more.

Havas Media Seeks Great Startup Speakers for Events in NYC

Havas Media Events in NYC
What: SVP Strategy and Innovation Tom Goodwin’s role includes educating and inspiring employees, and engaging early-stage companies. He’s expanding his contact list of speakers and wants to hear from companies that have a new technology, tool or product that Havas should know about. Read Tom’s full post.
When: Events will be held throughout 2016 and beyond, and include lunch-and-learns, conferences, workshops and innovation days.
Where: Mainly NYC, possibly also Boston and Chicago
What they’re looking for: Most important is that you’re an interesting presenter; relevancy of material is distant second. That said, topics should be relevant to marketing.
Why apply: Reach an audience of people that collectively spends $20B a year.
Application Deadline: None, but to be considered you must fill out this form.

2 New Unilever Foundry Pilots (Plus 3 With Jan 30 Deadlines)

Engaging Smart Packaging
Background: Cornetto encourages love-struck teenagers around the world to express their feelings and Break the Ice. Cornetto’s target consumer is a true digital native. Hyper connected, their romantic journey starts in the digital world before developing further in the real world. This gives Cornetto a clear role as the Innocent Ice Breaker, and makes digital a critical component to our marketing campaigns.
Challenge: Help utilize packaging to enable the brand to disrupt the way it engages with consumers. Solutions could include, but are not limited to, technologies like QR code and NFC, etc. This new packaging should help Cornetto find new ways to thank and reward our consumers for their loyalty.
Pilot available: $50k
Application Deadline: January 31, 2016

Data Analytics
Background: Data blending is the fundamental of business intelligence and yet there is no easy way of performing the task. We are looking for a company that can disrupt the space.
Challenge: Reduce significant amount of tedious work when a business user is matching 2 separate data sets that potentially have no common unique identifier and produce an output file to be used as a master mapping table. Solution should be smart enough to suggest how 2 objects in given different files can be matched; subject matter expert should be able to validate the match.
Pilot available: $50k
Application Deadline:  February 15, 2016

Unilever Foundry North America’s first 3 challenges, all $50k:

* Changing Men’s Hair Regimens (Axe, Suave Men and Dove Men+Care) – January 30
* Engaging Millennials (Suave brand) – January 30
* Digital Technology Innovation – January 30

Accelerators: Techstars Mobility, Urban-X from MINI, Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator, Techstars Retail

Techstars Mobility (with corporate partners Ford, Verizon, Manga, Dana, Honda, McDonald’s, Munich Re and Michelin)
What: Accelerator focused on the rapidly changing mobility and transportation industry.
Where: Detroit, MI
Length: 3 months
What they’re looking for: software, hardware, and advanced materials businesses across all stages of development that power the efficient movement of people, goods and services across all modes of transportation. Also startups that align across themes including connected car, trucking and multi-modal transportation solutions across connectivity, mobility, autonomy, customer experience, big data, safety and security.
Access to: Mentors from the Techstars network plus execs from corporate partners
Deal: Up to $120k for 6 to 10% of equity
Early Application Deadline: February 16, 2016 (final deadline is March 20, 2016)

Urban-X Accelerator (Presented By HAX and BMW MINI)
What: Accelerator for startups focused on intelligent cities, urban hyper-growth, and society-scale challenges. It seeks to engineer the “city as a service” to meet the challenges of rapid global urbanization.
Where: New York
Length: Not stated but starts mid-March
What they’re looking for: hardware and software startups that provide necessary infrastructure, technologies, products, and services.
Access to: MINI’s design, mechanical, and electrical engineering experts in residence; leading technology and policy institutions in NYC; mentorship and intros to HAX’s global network of investors, founders and decision-makers; possibly visit and work at HAX’s facilities in Shenzhen; office space and maker facilities;
Deal: $60k seed capital plus significant in-kind software, hosting, and legal services.
Application Deadline: February 17, 2016

Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator
What: Program to support new software-based automotive technologies being developed by US startups.
Where: Portland, OR
Length: 6 months
What they’re looking for: Early-stage companies with MVP that can be ready to produce within 4-6 months of incubation. Companies that support future infotainment development.
Access to: Engineering and business mentors, IP team to support and protect your idea, manufacturing partners and global partners and suppliers.
Deal: Seed funding (convertible note); terms not specified.
Application Deadline: February 14, 2016

Techstars Retail (in partnership with Target)
What: Accelerator focused on bringing new technology, experiences, products, and solutions to retail.
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Length: 3 months
Access to: Mentors from the Techstars network and within Target
Deal: Up to $120k for 6 to 10% of equity
Application Deadline: March 20, 2016

Last Chance: Apply for I-COM’s Competition with an Intro from KITE

The deadline for the I-COM Data Venture Challenge, taking place in Spain in April 2016, has been extended to January 29. Please ping me ( ASAP if you’re interested and meet the criteria outlined below.

When: April 18-21, 2016
Where: Seville, Spain
Who attends I-COM’s Global Summit: Data elite worldwide from companies including Unilever, Aegis, Ogilvy & Mather, Factual, Target, ESPN, Amazon and IPG Mediabrands.
Why apply: Distinguished jury will see your work. If selected, you’ll be discovered by dream potential customers and investors. Many participants return home with deals and strong leads.
Criteria: Have product live in the market and at least one client/one case study, be founded in 2012 or more recently, and have annual revenues of less than $2.5MM.
Cost: Application fee is €49. If selected as a finalist, you buy an I-COM ticket (€1,890) and cover your own travel/accommodations.
Previous winners: 2015’s overall winner was VMob from NZ, 2014’s was Realeyes from the UK. Finalists and more winners here.
How to get started: Let Kirin know you’re interested in an intro to I-COM Chair Andreas Cohen:

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