TDC Startup Competition

The Thinking Digital Conference are looking for five promising startups to do a 3 minute pitch to a panel of stars from the startup world, as well as to large live audience of startup fans, amplifiers, possible partners and financiers. If you’re one of our chosen five, you’ll get a free pass to Thinking Digital 2012 (or 2013 if you already have one), some great exposure and experience and a chance to win two great prizes designed to help your startup. The competition has 2 phases:


On Tuesday afternoon, 29 May you’ll be part of the Startup Competition session at the Thinking Digital University. You will be eased into the session with an hour-long panel about the startup experience, and then after a short break the competition will begin. You will have 3 minutes to wow the panel and audience with your idea, after which the panel will give their comments and then turn it over to the audience who will pick a winner from  the five competitors. The judges will confer as to who was the runner up and these top two will go forward to pitch again during the main Thinking Digital Conference.


The top two (or possibly three) competitors from the Thinking Digital University phase will come forward and battle it out in front of the full Conference audience of 500 people. Thinking Digital are expecting another 300+ to join the conference via the Livecast locations in the North West and across the world.  Thinking Digital has trended at No 1 on Twitter in the UK for each of the last two years during the conference so it’s a wonderful opportunity to get some exposure to a highly targeted audience. In addition to the kudos of winning the first ever Thinking Digital Startup Competition there will also be a great prize tailored to help make your startup a winner.

Entry judges 

The judges for the first ever Thinking Digital Startup Competition are:

  • Paul Smith - ignite100
  • Courtney Boyd-Myers - The Next Web
  • Richard Exley - Northstar Ventures
  • Herb Kim - Codeworks

Entry criteria and questions

Startup companies must have been established after 1st Jan 2011 to compete in the Thinking Digital Startup competition. If you would like to apply, please email the following details to using “Startup Competition entry” as the email title before May 11th:

  • Your name:
  • Name of startup:
  • Website / App Store address:
  • Twitter/FB URL(s):
  • What does your product or service do? (140 characters or less):
  • When was your startup established? (Entrants must have started after 1 January 2011)
  • Who are the startup’s founders? (Name, brief academic/career background – 200 words or less):

The five winners who will go on to pitch at the conference will be notified on Wednesday the 16th May. If you have any questions about the TDC Startup competition, please email

Good luck!