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Disruptathon to Enable Feedback on Presentations at Capital Connection

04/17/2012

Mobile Platform to Give Real-Time Feedback to Entrepreneurs
at TechBUZZ and Capital Connection

Capital Connection’12, a nationally recognized technology industry conference, is putting advanced mobile technology into the hands of event attendees to share instant feedback on company presentations. Disruptathon will customize its mobile application and Innovation Discovery Platform to enable real-time audience feedback of companies presenting at TechBUZZ and on the Main Stage at Capital Connection’12. 

New to Capital Connection this year is the TechBUZZ Showdown. The Disruptathon mobile application will enable the TechBUZZ audience to vote for the “Best of BUZZ” and give the top 3-5 companies an opportunity to advance to the TechBUZZ Showdown. Those companies in the TechBUZZ Showdown will pitch their innovative businesses to the entire Capital Connection audience the following afternoon. One TechBUZZ company will emerge as the 2012 champion. 
 
“We are breaking significant new ground at this year’s Capital Connection,” said Julia Spicer, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. “We are building upon the success of TechBUZZ in spotlighting start-ups and seed-stage companies, and giving the brightest stars center stage in a TechBUZZ Showdown before the entire Capital Connection audience. Complementing this showcase of new innovations is our introduction of a cutting-edge mobile technology that takes event participation to a new level.”

“Disruptathon’s mobile app provides us with a unique opportunity to give entrepreneurs presenting at TechBUZZ and during Capital Connection the benefit of real-time, meaningful feedback about their presentations,” said Thanasis Delistathis, Founder and Managing Partner of New Atlantic Ventures and one of the 2012 Capital Connection Conference Co-Chairs. “The benefit to presenters of the immediate and valuable insights from the audience of successful entrepreneurs, company builders and investors is immeasurable.”

“This year’s conference is truly focused on the entrepreneur, across all stages of growth,” said Ms. Spicer. “The conference program has been built to provide valuable insights, connections and resources to all high-tech company builders, whether or not they are presenting their company on stage. Our whole audience will enjoy the opportunity to participate directly in the TechBUZZ and Capital Connection program through use of the Disruptathon mobile app.“

In partnership with Disruptathon, the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, host of Capital Connection, will offer registered attendees a download of the customized Disruptathon mobile application and Innovation Discovery Platform that will feature the Capital Conference’12 and TechBUZZ agenda and the feedback tool for commenting on company presentations. Disruptathon will manage analysis of the feedback data and compile follow-up reports.

Key features in this year’s Capital Connection and TechBUZZ conference:

• Who’s Hot:  A who’s who of “Top Tech” companies from around the country.
• What’s the BUZZ?:  The high energy, fast-pitch TechBUZZ program showcasing what’s new and fresh from Seed Stage startups.
• Easy Access: A new rate structure to make the conference accessible to a broad range of entrepreneurs, angel investors, incubators and companies across all stages of growth. 
• Opportunity to Tell the Company Story:  An unparalleled opportunity for early, growth and late stage firms to present business models for investment or showcase their success.

Capital ConnectionTM, one of the nation’s most respected industry conferences, will be held this year on May 23-24 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Registration for Capital Connection’12 with its featured innovative TechBUZZ event is now open on the conference website located at www.capitalconnection.org. Applications are now being accepted for both TechBUZZ and Capital Connection’12. Applications for Capital Connection’12 will be accepted until April 20th, and applications for TechBUZZ are due on May 4th.

About Distruptathon
Disruptathon was founded in 2009 by Pete Erickson. The company’s mission is to fuel the creative economy through a unique series of Disruptathon events that seek out and promote innovative ideas and the people behind them across all sectors of the economy. Run as a virtual organization, a collective of creative individuals contribute to its success. The company’s events are unique in that they integrate all attendees into the process. The Disruptathon Innovation Discovery Platform allows the audience to use a mobile app to provide ratings and feedback to presenters. This enables Disruptathon to optionally run events as contests and connect presenters and the audience in a new and powerful way. Disruptathon events have quickly become the standard bearers for pure, transformative innovation in an increasingly compromised, commercialized world. www.disruptathon.com

About Capital ConnectionTM
In its 25th year, Capital Connection brings together the broad community of entrepreneurial companies and potential partners to help enhance business and economic growth. Opinion leaders from business and government share their knowledge and expertise, along with leading technology companies at all growth stages who showcase their capabilities to a nationwide audience of investors, advisors, partners and entrepreneurs at the annual signature event. Launched in 2011, TechBUZZ provides start-ups and seed-stage companies center stage in spotlighting the “next big thing.” For more information and to register, go to www.capitalconnection.org.

About TechBUZZ
TechBUZZ was first piloted in 2010 and launched in May 2011 as a half-day conference preceding Capital Connection in response to the growing impact start-ups and seed-stage companies are having in recent years on the investment ecosystem overall.  MAVA is dedicated to continuing to foster and celebrate this vital area of our membership by bringing together investors and entrepreneurs in a dynamic and meaningful format. TechBUZZ shines a well-deserved light on the visionary innovators and company-builders in our region who are actively developing their concepts, testing their beta or prototype products and services and pursuing a path toward market entry.