Silicon Beach @ USC
Tutor Campus Center | University of Southern California | Sept 17-18, 2013
What is Silicon Beach @ USC?
The rise of technology startups in the Los Angeles area, combined with unique access to Hollywood’s entertainment studios and creative talent, is creating a new hub for entrepreneurship. Industry leaders are increasingly referring to this intersection as ‘Silicon Beach’ and the University of Southern California will play a significant part in shaping a vision for its future.
Led by the USC’s Marshall School of Business, School of Cinematic Arts, and Viterbi School of Engineering, the University of Southern California will host Silicon Beach @ USC [SB@USC]. SB@USC is a two-part event: a competition for new ventures pursuing opportunities in new media platforms and digital content and services, and a conference featuring game-changers and thought leaders from Hollywood studios, technology startups, and academia scheduled for September 18 on the USC campus.
Could your startup use $25K? Silicon Beach Awards Venture Competition
USC’s Marshall School of Business will host the second annual Silicon Beach Awards. Organized by the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Institute for Communication Technology Management (CTM), the Silicon Beach Awards is a $50,000 venture competition focused on innovation in technology & entertainment. Startups that consist of at least one USC student or alum (less than 10 years from graduation) are encouraged to enter – and have a chance of winning up to $25,000!
APPLY NOW: Silicon Beach Awards deadline is September 2!! [application]
ABOUT THE PRIZES
Significant cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams: First place: $25,000, Second place: $15,000, Third place: $10,000. In addition, the top three finishers will also receive legal services from Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, a premier law firm located in in the US, UK and Asia who are working with Fortune 500, FTSE 250 clients and start-up companies throughout a range of industries.
VIDEO: Silicon Beach @ USC Winners’ Circle: Hive Lighting One Year Later
With the deadline for the Silicon Beach Awards venture competition around the corner, we checked in with last year’s runners up – Hive Lighting – to see how they’re doing, and how participating in in the venture competition last year affected their business.
ARE YOU A DISRUPTOR? Additional Prize Announced!
USC’s Global Center for Innovation has announced that it will be awarding a significant cash prize for the SBA entrant who presents the most potentially disruptive innovation to existing businesses WeWork, one of the forces behind the origin of the Coworking movement, will be augmenting the prize with a 1-year membership to their beautiful new Coworking Creative Space in the heart of Hollywood .
Silicon Beach @ USC Conference: September 18, 2013 – Tutor Campus Center Ballroom, USC Campus
The Silicon Beach @ USC conference will be a day-long event featuring rising leaders in entertainment, technology, new media platforms, entrepreneurship and investment. Sessions will explore the collision of the technology and entertainment businesses, the rise of new ventures taking advantage of traditional Hollywood content and new media platforms, and opportunities for innovation and new ventures in the industry. Presenters will also discuss the unique advantages of launching new initiatives in Southern California. Speakers for the event include Albert Cheng, Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer of Digital Media for Disney/ABC Television, David Watson, Director of Product Innovation, Kids, Netflix, and Dan Brian, Executive Vice President of Media, DemandMedia.
For more information on Silicon Beach @ USC, including attendee and press registration, venture competition details, criteria for judge and presenter selection, and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jay Tucker at 213-740-0980 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org