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Announcing Startup row: PyCon 2013 Edition!

Thursday, December 06, 2012
For the past two years, one of our most successful and impressive experiments has been the creation of "Startup Row", where we let Python powered startups apply for free booth space, registrations and coverage. Like all things, this has only gotten better and more impressive with time.
We knew that a lot of startups used Python, but we were astounded and excited to see the number and quality of new companies that were eager to participate at PyCon and show off what they were doing.
At PyCon itself, we've continually got a lot of comments from attendees that Startup Row was their favorite part of the Expo Hall. From meeting and talking with the founders of so many great companies, it was obvious that they would go far. Last year alone, we heard from several Startup Row participants that they were even approached by potential investors - that's right, we had Angel Investors and "big boy" VCs at the conference, and the conversations that they had with the participants led to something!
Like last year, we have our eye on the startup world even more. With PyCon being held right in the heart of Silicon Valley, it seemed right to bring back Startup Row for PyCon 2013! We're even working on better booth placement, signage and flow to help guide attendees to you!

We will be highlighting some of the most promising new companies that are using Python to build their businesses - including possibly yours. If your startup uses Python, we want to hear about it - and you could be one of the startups that gets featured on Startup Row at PyCon 2013.
Here are the rules:
  • Seed stage only. For purposes of startup row, that means less than $350K in outside funding or, if self-funded, less than 18 months old.
  • You must use Python somewhere in your startup. Backend, frontend, testing, wherever.
  • No repeats. If you were on startup row last year, your startup is not eligible. We want to give a chance to as many startups as possible.
  • If you are accepted, you must guarantee your attendance for at least the Expo Hall hours on your appointed day. We will work with you as to which day is better for you.

Here are the selection criteria:
  • Interesting technology. Are you doing something hard or unique? Tell us about it.
  • Traction and reach. Are you affecting a lot of people? How?
  • Concept. Are you changing the world? Disrupting an industry? Solving a problem? Sometimes you see what a company is doing and your jaw drops. If that is your startup, we want to hear from you.
Do you want your startup to be on Startup Row? You can apply at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/StartupRow2013

DEADLINE: All submissions must be received by February 10, 2013.
If you were a past startup row, and want to share your personal tale of what it was like - drop an email to Jesse Noller, PyCon Chair - we would love to share your story here.

2 comments:

Gunnlaugur Þór Briem said...

The above states “All submissions must be received by February 10, 2013.” But the submission form says “APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY FEB. 29th, 2013.” At least one of these should be corrected (and since it's not a leap year, possibly both).

Brian Curtin said...

Thanks for your comment. The deadline is February 28th - there will be a blog post on Monday announcing this.

 

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