Startup Day: ‘Elevator Pitch’ expanded to meet demand, great prizes up for grabs

GeekWire is gearing up for Seattle 2.0 Startup Day in Bellevue this Saturday, with hundreds of people from the Seattle region’s tech community already signed up for a full day of tips, tricks, lessons and insights from a lineup of startup vets. Tickets are still available, and we’ll have logistics and final details to share later this week.

In the meantime, here’s an update on one of the Startup Day activities we’re planning: Elevator Pitch.

We’ve been overwhelmed with the response to this event feature, which is available at no extra charge to entrepreneurs who sign up under the special Elevator Pitch ticket type. If you sign up, you can get one-on-one meetings with a great group of investor/coaches to help hone your elevator pitch.

It’s a live version of our Elevator Pitch video series. In this case, the pitches won’t actually take place in an elevator, but the idea is the same.

In addition to getting feedback on your idea, if you choose, this serves as your “audition” to pitch to the entire Startup Day audience after lunch. The top three presenters will be selected to pitch to all the attendees and our panel of judges. In this kinder, gentler, Pacific Northwest version of Shark Tank, entrepreneurs will compete to win $1,000 in Amazon Web Services credit and 1-year service to CloudMunch — not to mention bragging rights.

Planning to make the startup plunge, or already in the deep end? Don’t miss Startup Day 2012 — Saturday Sept. 22 in Bellevue, as Box CEO Aaron Levie and other startup vets help you find your roadmap to success. Details and tickets here.

Other competitors will also have a chance for AWS credits, with an $1,250 in credits up for runners-up and fan favorite.

Because of the demand, we’ve added a third Elevator Pitch audition session in the morning (which is already filling up). As of this post, we only have 10 spots left. Just register here and make sure you choose ticket type that says “+ elevator pitch.”

Separately, we’re also planning a live version of our Startup Resource Center at the event. Attendees can select an expert (or two) for a one-on-one meeting, and get advice and answers to burning questions in money matters (finance, tax, accounting), legal (formation, financing, intellectual property), and business (PR, team-building, seeking investment, sales and marketing).

Caution: no pre-registration for the Startup Resource Center, it’s just first-come first-served, so do your best to get there right at 9 AM to snap up a date.  These folks normally charge hundreds of dollars an hour for their advice (no offense, experts), but you can benefit from their wisdom at no extra charge.

After party: Because you’d expect nothing less, and because it’s happy hour somewhere, we’ll kick off our reception at 4:30 PM. There will be a DJ, your candid pics on the big screen, drinks, food, and lots of great conversation.

Thanks to sponsors BingMicrosoft BizSparkAmazon Web ServicesPerkins CoieTurnstoneUW Technology Management MBA ProgramBader MartinUW Information SchoolAterWynneVitamin TVP TaxTwilioSEOmoz and CloudMunch for making this  unique event possible.