25 pre-seed start-ups to pitch at Startup Boost virtual demo day

12 Feb 2019

Image: Gene Murphy/Startup Boost

If you can’t get to the whole world, you bring the whole world to you.

25 pre-seed start-ups from Dublin, Detroit, Los Angeles and New York City are to pitch at the Startup Boost virtual demo day event, which takes place today and tomorrow (12 and 13 February) online.

The start-ups will be pitching ideas in areas including health, fintech, AI, e-commerce and more. Pre-registration is now open here.

‘The virtual demo day breaks down the geographical and temporal barriers of a traditional demo day’

Startup Boost, which is now in its second year, has helped to pre-accelerate more than 80 companies from six locations all over the world.

It doesn’t take equity or charge a fee from start-ups. Entrepreneurs, investors and mentors volunteer their time with a pool of more than 1,500 applications.

The first big step

“The benefit of Startup Boost is that it brings a programme to help pre-seed investment teams make the next big step in an undersupported stage to prepare them for accelerators, investment and, most importantly, revenue generation,” explained Gene Murphy, a founding member of Startup Boost.

“The virtual demo day breaks down the geographical and temporal barriers of a traditional demo day, which gives more investors the opportunity to see our high-quality teams, and in turn is an added benefit to our alumni to be able to have their companies reach an even wider audience to propel them to higher growth and success.”

The volunteer-led Startup Boost launched in Dublin, Austin, Detroit, Los Angeles, London and Toronto in 2017 to fill the void left by the closure of Startup Next.

Startup Boost’s spring programmes are now open at Startupboost.org/apply. A new programme launched in Pittsburgh expands the Startup Boost network, and existing spring programmes in Los Angeles and Toronto will see more new chapters open through 2019 to support the pre-acceleration of pre-seed tech start-ups globally.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years