SVForum Presents

Launch Silicon Valley - Special Edition

June 4th, 2015, Microsoft Campus, Silicon Valley

#WorldCupTech @SVForum

about the event

In May 2014 we launched a new competition called the World Cup Tech Challenge, where the next generation of the hottest emerging technology companies from around the world competed for the coveted World Championship title in Silicon Valley. With representation from 35 countries from all corners of the world, the Microsoft Campus hosted some of the hottest VCs, Angels, corporate business development executives, prospective customers and partners, bloggers and media from the global tech scene. Startups accepted into the World Cup Tech Challenge are in a pre-global stage, meaning they have launched their products in their respective local markets and now ready for a global launch. We now invite the global tech and entrepreneur community to apply and invite their respective peers to attend the world’s most global pitch event in Silicon Valley for the 2nd Annual World Cup Tech Challenge 2015.

2014 Highlights

24 Startups compete for the Cup

We welcome startups from all over the world that are interested in presenting their products and representing their country at the 2nd Annual World Cup Tech Challenge. In order to be considered for the competition, please visit our application page, fill out all the boxes, and upload an Executive Summary of no more than two pages together with a 2-minute video-pitch (video is optional for the application phase, but will be mandatory for the online voting if your company qualifies to the finals).

24 Startups from across the globe are selected through a thorough qualification process by 35 judges. The startups compete in 6 different groups (tech categories below). The Groups each have 4 spots available, and a country can only be represented once in a group. The deadline for submission is set to be on April 27 however; we will be screening applications as they come in, and therefore strongly encourage you to send in your application before the deadline. The 24 qualified startups will be announced no later than May 10.

The SVForum team wish you the very best of luck in competing for the Cup and awesome prizes in the World Cup Tech Challenge 2015!

Digital Media

Digital Media - Mobile



Next Generation Technology

Next Gen Technology

Education Technology


Enterprise Software

Enterprise Software

Enterprise Software


Past Speakers

Some of Our Past Speakers and Judges

Megan Smith

Chief Technology Officer of the United States of America


Founder at Draper Associates/DFJ/Draper University

guy kawasaki



Author/Inventor/Futurist, Director of Engineering at Google

James Maiocco

GM of Business and Corporate Development at Xero


Partner at Khosla Ventures, Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems

Bill Reichert

Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures


Director, Software Strategy at IBM Venture Capital Group

Peter Arvai

CEO and Co-Founder of Prezi

steve blank

Author, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and academician

dan'l lewin

Corporate Vice President, Microsoft

naval ravikant

Founder of AngelList, serial entrepreneur, angel investor and author

Dave Munichiello

Partner, Google Ventures

Mohanjit Jolly

Partner and Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Stephen Bernardez

VP, Onset Ventures

John McIntyre

Managing Director, Citrix Startup Accelerator

Lea Bajc

Advisor/Board member/Angel Investor

Marlon C. Nichols

Investor, Intel Capital

Steve Goldberg

Partner, Venrock

Ronald Weissman

Chairman, Software SIG Band of Angels

Busy Burr

Managing Director, Citi Ventures

Ullas Naik

Founder, Streamlined Ventures

Jonathan Barker

Venture Partner, Thomvest Ventures

Max Shapiro

Founder and CEO, People Connect/Angel Investor

Michael Pachos

Director, Samsung Ventures

Fadi Bishara

Founder and CEO, Blackbox

Wendy Lung

Director of Corporate Strategy, IBM

Mike Katz

Partner, U.S. Investments, Alibaba Group


It all happens at Microsoft’s Campus in Mountain View, Silicon Valley!
Microsoft Building 1, 1065 La Avenida St, Mountain View, CA 94043

Thank you for hosting, Microsoft!


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The World Cup Tech Challenge is organized by SVForum. For over 30 years, SVForum has fostered innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in Silicon Valley. We function as a center of knowledge and connections, covering everything from the latest tech trends to the startup and investment ecosystem. We have a long history of creating successful events, programs and conferences that educate, train, inspire, and connect technologists, entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, innovation and startup hubs, and students—in Silicon Valley, throughout the U.S., and globally. We organize about 150 different activities per year, have over 20,000 subscribers/users, and work with over 40 countries worldwide. Our partners include global leaders Deloitte, DLA Piper, IBM, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Siemens, and SAP, as well as leading venture capital firms, and service providers. SVForum is a fully independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.

Adiba Barney


Denyse Cardozo


Klaus Wehage

Business Development Manager

Rhinehart Reglos

Event Production Manager

Micaela Youmans

Digital Mdiea Manager

Xi-Er Dang

Project Manager

Sebastian Wendell

Media Production Specialist