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A message from Founder of LAUNCH Festival, Jason Calacanis

Over the past 12 years, the LAUNCH Festival has had over 15,000 attendees and launched startups including Dropbox, Mint, PowerSet (acquired by Microsoft), Cafe X, RedBeacon and more, with speakers including Mark Cuban, Chamath Palihapitiya, Cyan Banister, Chris Sacca, Jenny Lefcourt, David Sacks, Bill Gurley, Jason Lemkin, Clara Brenner, Tony Hsieh, Naval Ravikant and many more.


The Festival hosted its 10th year in San Francisco in 2017, before heading to Sydney for 2018 and 2019. In the first year, I invested in three startups in Sydney, and the event had 1,500 registrants (far more than the 500 targeted for year one).


We are currently making plans for the next two years of Festival and we’re open to all locations with a passion for startups and our unique strategy of never charging founders for tickets, to attend and potentially pitch on-stage

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After 10 years in San Francisco, we've decided to open up one of greatest startup conferences to the world.
BENEFITS OF HOSTING LAUNCH FESTIVAL

Economic Benefit

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We look at all the startups that attend our conferences, and determine if they would be a good fit for our LAUNCH Accelerator Program. Through this program, we invest $100,000 in the startup for equity. In 2018, at LAUNCH Festival Sydney, we invested in 3 startups from Australia (GoPostie.com, TakeOffs.io, GetCrave.co).

We offer our tickets to founders for free. We never charge founders, as we believe their money can be better allocated by investing in their business. Through our decision to make tickets free for founders, we're able to attract a wide variety of interesting startups to our events.

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Startup Presence

Competitions

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At LAUNCH Festival, we host various startup competitions, which gives stage time to the high-quality startups that attend. The benefit is that these startups are on the big screen, and will get noticed by investors and press. In Sydney, we had three competitions, Frontier Technology, Year one (startups under a year old), and Blockchain/Cryptocurrency.

After each day during the conference, we host an intimate dinner within walking distance of the venue, inviting selected founders & investors together. These dinners are typically 50-100 people, which give ability to build meaningful relationships.

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Founder & Investor Dinners

About LAUNCH Festival

Previous Speakers

Chamath Palihapitiya

Social Capital

Cyan Banister

Founders Fund

Chris Sacca

Lowercase Capital

David Sacks

Craft Ventures

Anne Wojcicki

23andMe

Jenny Lefcourt

Freestyle VC

Tony Hsieh

Zappos

Travis Kalanick

Uber

Naval Ravikant

AngelList

Chamath Palihapitiya

Social Capital

Cyan Banister

Founders Fund

Tony Hsieh

Zappos

Anne Wojcicki

23andMe

Chris Sacca

Lowercase Capital

David Sacks

Craft Ventures

Jenny Lefcourt

Freestyle VC

Travis Kalanick

Uber

Naval Ravikant

AngelList

Mark Cuban

Dallas Mavericks

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