GeekWire Presents the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards

Join us from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at the EMP in Seattle for the fourth year of one of the region’s most-anticipated and hotly-contested tech events: the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards. Continuing this great tradition, we’ll celebrate our community’s movers-and-shakers, up-and-comers, and thought leaders: the region’s tech rock stars. We will roll out the red carpet, but unlike the Academy Awards, it’s not a formal affair.

We will be taking over the SkyChurch, Liquid Lounge, and VIP Blue Room at the EMP for an all-out party for the thriving tech community.

Cheer on your favorites and friends at the startup party of the season.

Voting Process

These awards are a participation sport, so here’s how the process will work:

Process Description Date
Nominate Nominate in any or all of 14 categories. March 12 – March 31
Review Judges select finalists from community nominations. April 1 – April 8
Vote Vote for winners (we know who you are, one vote per customer per category!) April 9 – April 23

Award Categories

Your categories are…..

  • Startup of the Year
  • Startup CEO of the Year
  • Next Tech Titan
  • Investor of the Year
  • Startup deal of the Year
  • Schmoozer of the Year
  • Do-Gooder of the Year
  • Geek of the Year
  • Bootstrapper of the Year
  • Geekiest Coffee Shop
  • Mobile App of the Year
  • Hire of the Year
  • Innovation of the Year
  • Wild card (what or who deserves an award?)

Judges

Todd Bishop
Todd Bishop
Co-founder, GeekWire
Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant
Founder and Chairman, Airworks
Marcelo Calbucci
Marcelo Calbucci
Co-founder and CTO, EveryMove
John Cook
John Cook
Co-founder, GeekWire
Chris DeVore
Chris DeVore
General Partner, Founder's Co-op
Geoff Entress
Geoff Entress
Venture Partner
Michelle Goldberg
Michelle Goldberg
Partner, Ignition Partners
Greg Gottesman
Greg Gottesman
Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Monica Guzman
Monica Guzman
Columnist, GeekWire. Community Strategist.
Bill Harding
Bill Harding
CEO, Bonanza
Jenny Lam
Jenny Lam
Co-founder, Jackson Fish Market
Roy Leban
Roy Leban
Founder and CEO, Puzzazz
Rebecca Lovell
Rebecca Lovell
Chief Business Officer, GeekWire
Josh Maher
Josh Maher
Founder, TechCafe
TA McCann
TA McCann
VP of Product Strategy, RIM
Mike McSherry
Mike McSherry
CEO, Swype
Gaurav Oberoi
Gaurav Oberoi
Serial Entrepreneur, Seattle Tech Startups
Scott Porad
Scott Porad
CTO, Cheezburger
Dave Schappell
Dave Schappell
Director, Product Development, Amazon Local
Dan Shapiro
Dan Shapiro
Kept entrepreneur, Google
Kelly Smith
Kelly Smith
Founder, Curious Office
Jonathan Sposato
Jonathan Sposato
Chairman, GeekWire
Katie Thompson
Katie Thompson
Partner, Trilogy Partners
Tony Wright
Tony Wright
Founder, TomoGuides

Sponsors

PREMIER SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Platinum Sponsor: exclusive sponsorship. 

  • Introduce keynote speaker John Vechey, co-founder of PopCap Games,  at the event
  • Sponsor a category (description below)
  • Host the VIP Blue Lounge overlooking SkyChurch
    • Capacity: 40 people (at a time). Choose your own VIP attendees, private elevator access.
    • Exclusive signage in the room (table tents and banners)
    • Name your designer cocktail to be served in the Blue Room (includes 50 drink tickets)
    • 8 complimentary tickets to the event

Signature Cocktail Sponsor: exclusive sponsorship. 

  • Name your designer cocktail, to be served in the SkyChurch and Retail Bars
  • Table tents and banner opportunity for SkyChurch and Retail Bars
  • Decals on cocktail cups
  • 6 complimentary tickets to the event

Liquid Lounge Sponsor: exclusive sponsorship.

  • Name your designer cocktail to be served in the Liquid Lounge
  • Exclusive signage in the Liquid Lounge
  • Table tents on bars and cocktail rounds, banners throughout Liquid Lounge
  • 5 complimentary tickets to the event

Category Sponsor: 14, TOTAL, 2 REMAINING.

  • Present the (available) category of your choosing: “[Your Company] Presents the ___ Of the Year Award”
  • Listing as such on the event site throughout the nomination and voting process, remaining on the 2012 Awards event page thereafter
  • Company representative to be seated behind the velvet rope with all award nominees, and appear on stage with category winner for prize delivery and photo opp
  • 3 complimentary tickets to the event

SUPPORTING SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

VIP Lounge Sponsor: 2 TOTAL, SOLD OUT.

  • Enjoy the awards in comfort and style from your VIP  “lounge” in SkyChurch
  • Lounge seating on riser for your attendees/VIP guests (up to 10 people at a time)
  • Company signage to be displayed in “lounge”
  • 10 complimentary tickets to the event

Red Carpet Sponsor: exclusive sponsorship. SOLD OUT.

  • Your logo (along with GeekWire’s) on Step and Repeat Backdrop for red carpet photo booth opportunities
  • 3 complimentary tickets to the event

Dessert Sponsor: exclusive sponsorship. SOLD OUT.

  • Your company logo will adorn the desserts at the big bash…your company name in fondant!
  • 2 complimentary tickets to the event

Badge Sponsor:  exclusive sponsorship. SOLD OUT.

  • Your logo (along with GeekWire’s) on all name badges for the event
  • 2 complimentary tickets to the event

Parting Gift Sponsor.SOLD OUT.

  • Your logo’d bag and parting gift will be supplied to each of our 500+ guests upon departure
  • 2 complimentary tickets to the event

Don’t see a sponsorship that fits the bill? Don’t hesitate to contact Rebecca Lovell rebecca@geekwire.com, 206-714-6341 to design a package that suits your needs and your budget.

Vote

Update, April 24: Voting is now closed! The community submitted hundreds of nominations, the judges picked the finalists, and you’ve determined the winners through your votes. Be sure to get your tickets to find out who won at the big Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards bash, May 3 at the EMP in Seattle, presented by GeekWire.

Startup of the Year, presented by Washington Partners

This team is on the brink of stardom, but more importantly, innovating, executing, and making a difference. And they’ve been in business less than 3 years.

Startup CEO of the Year, presented by PayScale

This leader has vision, fortitude, creativity, and that impossible to define x-factor

Geek of the Year, presented by Filter

If engineering is the “kitchen” of startups and tech giants, geeks are the top chefs. Nominate the best developers, designers, makers and doers in local tech.

Next Tech Titan, presented by Waggener Edstrom

Feeling lucky? Place your bets on the next big exit, huge breakthrough, and dominant force in our backyard.

Investor of the Year, presented by Cooley

This nominee brings more than just money to the party. You know the one. Trusted advisor, recruiter, team player and spirit guide.

Startup Deal of the Year, presented by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati

For this match made in heaven, everybody wins. It’s the Reese’s cup, chocolate-peanut butter combination, where a great exit is a new beginning.

Schmoozer of the Year, presented by Barokas Public Relations

No matter where you turn, this connector and networking guru doesn’t miss a beat, or a tech event.

Do-Gooder of the Year, presented by Splunk

This is for the geeks who give back. No matter what the business model, this selfless individual is doing well by doing good.

Bootstrapper of the Year, presented by Fresh Consulting

Scrappy is in. Whether living off savings, top ramen, or the best of all, revenues, this startup has hit major milestones without taking institutional capital.

Geekiest Coffee Shop, presented by Startup Weekend

This is where the magic happens. The caffeine is as strong as the wi-fi signal and you can code in peace without feeling alone.

Mobile App of the Year, presented by AT&T Developer Program

You might as well face it, you’re addicted to this app, whether it makes life easier, richer, funnier, more meaningful or just plain worth living.

Hire of the Year, presented by Protingent

Talent is the name of the game in tech, and this hire was a huge score for the lucky winner.

Innovation of the Year, presented by Knoll

This is where the world is going, the way of the future, and this breakthrough is one of the greatest hits of the year.

Wild Card, presented by Silicon Valley Bank

During the nomination process, we asked members of the community to submit wild card award nominations under the format, ____ deserves an award for_____.

We’ll be announcing the winner in this special category during the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards event, May 3 at the EMP in Seattle.

Thanks for all your votes. Get your tickets below for the event. See you May 3!

Register

Get your tickets right here for one of the biggest tech events of the year. GeekWire Presents the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 3 at the EMP, 325 5th Ave. N, at Seattle Center.