At Collision Conference in April 2016 in New Orleans, Launch Pad and partners are inviting the top startups from Birmingham, Buffalo, Charleston, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham, New Orleans and San Antonio to the Launch Pad PITCH competition.
The top three startups from each city will compete against each other in a March Madness-inspired bracket for the chance to be named Best Startup at Collision, the fastest growing technology conference in America.
The competition is focused on rising ecosystems from across the country who face similar challenges New Orleans does. Chris Schultz, co-founder and CEO of Launch Pad, shared how they identified the cities participating. The cities chosen have to have deep cultural assets, have interesting industries, an unfair advantage, and be rising markets.
Paddy Cosgrave, co-founder of Web Summit and CEO of the company that runs Web Summit and other events, such as Collision, then took the stage to discuss secondary markets that have growing technology communities.
“If I hadn’t met Chris, I don’t think Collision would’ve ever moved here,” shared Cosgrave.
New Orleans and the rest of the PITCH cities are culturally rich, tend to have a lower cost of living, and are attractive to move to for different types of people, especially entrepreneurs who want to help make each city the best it can be.
The startups will be on display for all to see, including thousands of people, investors, innovators, entrepreneurs, technologists and more from all over the world.
Here are the startups that will compete in the Launch Pad PITCH: