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New England Startups: Win A Trip To LAUNCH!

Launch Festival

The contest is officially closed…thanks to who all that entered!

Dyn is holding a social media driven contest to send two (2) New England-based startups to San Francisco for the LAUNCH Festival, a three-day startup mega event from March 4-6, 2013.

What’s The Contest?

*We updated some of the criteria to be more inclusive for New England startups, removing the revenue number and adding a blog option.

Through 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 10th, submit a three-to-five minute video or write a compelling blog post and tell the story of your startup. What is it? Why is it the best startup ever? Tell us about the market opportunity, the potential for growth and revenue. We want to feel your passion in order to convince us to send you to a huge event that could possibly change the course of your business forever.

This is open to ALL types of startups, not just tech focused. As long as you’re based in New England, you’re eligible to apply.

Three finalists will make it to a 20-minute phone interview with our panel of judges for the final pitch. From there, one grand prize winner and a runner up will be selected.

What Are The Prizes?

Grand Prize (One winner)

  • Two (2) tickets to LAUNCH
  • Airfare and accommodations for two (2) people
  • Dinner with Dyn CEO Jeremy Hitchcock and CRO Kyle York (in Boston, date and time TBD)
  • One (1) year of applicable Dyn Email and DNS Services
  • Thirty (30) minute meeting with Jason Calacanis

Runner-Up (One winner)

  • Two (2) tickets to LAUNCH
  • Airfare and accommodations for two (2) people
  • Dinner with Dyn CEO Jeremy Hitchcock and CRO Kyle York (in Boston, date and time TBD)

How Do I Enter?

Video links and blog posts should be submitted via Twitter using both @DynInc & #DynLaunch and/or tagging Dyn on Facebook. Submissions cannot be emailed as social media is a key component to any business. If time of video or sharing criteria is not met, the video will be ineligible for the contest.

Are you qualified?

  • 3-5 minute video or 1000 (or less) word blog post
  • Startup must be based in New England
  • Video or post must be shared socially with Dyn
  • Winners/runners-up must be available for travel and the conference (conference is March 4-6 with expected air travel on March 3rd and March 7th)

Scoring Criteria (1 lowest to 5 highest)

  • Passion: score of 1-5
  • Conviction: score of 1-5
  • Opportunity size: score of 1-5
  • Creativity: score of 1-5
  • Uniqueness / wow factor: score of 1-5
  • Social awareness: did your video get a lot of RTs and shares? Did you get out there and promote? Are others advocating on your behalf? Score of 1-5

Your Judges

MVeilleuxMike Veilleux – Dyn

As one of our tech leaders in the email delivery space, Mike has experienced our rise as a successful startup, as well as working on his own startup GearFreedom that won the New Hampshire Start-Up Challenge & finished 2nd in the Holloway Innovation-to-Market prize in 2012. He’s got a ton of experience in pitching his visions and has definitely ‘been there, done that’ with the New England startup scene.


Jamie CoughlinJamie Coughlin — abi Innovation Hub

As the head of Manchester’s true startup center, Jamie led the successful turnaround and rebranding of the 15 year abi Innovation Hub into NH’s most active incubator and innovation center. He received his BA from Princeton University and also currently runs the Princeton Entrepreneurs’ Network. He also has founded and managed a variety of disruptive businesses, including a prayer based online funding platform startup called PlusGrace.


Aaron O'Hearn - Boston Startup School

Aaron O’Hearn — Boston Startup School

Aaron is responsible for the growth and oversight of the Boston Startup School and has held key roles across various organizations impacting the startup ecosystem including Head of Special Projects for TechStars Boston. He helped create Le Camping, the first startup accelerator in France where he focused on building their mentorship and evaluation programs.


Let’s Get To It!

If you have any other questions, drop a line to Josh. Also, here’s the official rules.