By Sahil Patel
Digital Entertainment World, a new-ish expo catering to the digital entertainment community, has announced the 12 startups that will get a chance to pitch their products and services to a judging panel comprised of potential investors.
It’s the second annual DEW Startup Pitch and Competition, which only requires that all participating startups offer a product, technology, or service that contributes to the creation, distribution, marketing, or monetization of digital content.
The companies selected for this year’s competition include: Flipps, a mobile app that lets users to project videos to a TV from their phone; live-video creation platform Clone.TV; instant “movie-making” app OneDay; and LiveFromMe, which is described as an “Instagram for live broadcasting.” (The full list of competitors is included below.)
The goal for DEW’s startup competition is to give intriguing entertainment and social startups a chance to get their product or service in front of interested investors. The prize package for the winner includes a $25,000 investment from Manatt Venture Fund (in the form of a convertible note), professional and business consulting services from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and Manatt Digital Media, and a two-hour consultation with senior partners at IDG Ventures. The 11 startups that don’t win also get a year of free hosting from Rackspace.
Judges for the competition include executives from IDG Ventures, Manatt Digital Media, CrunchFund, Crosscut Ventures, Techstars, Mucker Capital, and Raptor Ventures.
Clone.TV: A broadcast-quality live-video creation platform for all consumers.
Codarica: Creators products that make coding fun for kids by employing storytelling and gaming features.
EyeSee: Offers a technology that analyzes videos and images and detects suitable locations within the content to embed relevant ads.
Flipps: A mobile app that lets users project movies, music videos, and other types of video content from their phones on to their TV sets.
Fliptu: Describes itself as a “Hootsuite for social aggregation and visualization.”
LiveFromMe: A social network that allows mobile-to-mobile broadcasting of live videos. It’s an n “Instagram for live broadcasting,” according to the startup.
OneDay: An instant “movie-making” app that allows users to create rich video content around curated stories and themes.
PhotoTime: From Orbeus, PhotoTime is a mobile photo gallery capable of image and facial recognition.
Pilotly: A digital research platform designed to make it easier for Hollywood to make pilot decisions by testing content against different, segmented audiences at scale.
Sidestep: A shopping app that gives people the ability to browse and buy concert merchandise before, during, or after a show, for VIP pickup or at-home delivery.
Storyhunter: A service that connects journalists and filmmakers with publishers and brands.
Vendedy Corp: An exchange that allows street artists to get paid for their work. In a nutshell: artists upload photos of their work; people then bid on the pieces for a week or two; once a sale is confirmed, artists drop off that piece at various centers and receive payment once the delivery is completed.
A three-day event, DEW will be held February 10–12 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. It’s jointly produced by IDG World Expo and Digital Media Wire.