Final deadline for submitting an idea into the competition is May 1. If you’ve got a business idea worth sharing, now’s the time to do it!
An Awesome Lineup of Talented Judges
We can’t hold an idea competition without a panel of judges, and Ideator is happy to welcome four amazing judges to this year’s competition.
Kara Goldin CEO, Hint Water
Kara is founder and CEO of Hint Inc., an award-winning producer of unsweetened flavored waters. As Vice President of Shopping and E-commerce Partnerships at AOL, Kara grew AOL’s shopping business from a startup to more than $1 billion in revenue in less than seven years. She has earned numerous entrepreneurial accolades, including Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs” and Ernst and Young’s “Entrepreneurial Winning Women,” and was recently named by Forbes as one of the “40 Women to Watch Over 40.”
Charles Hudson Venture Capitalist, Precursor Ventures, Bionic Panda Games
Charles is currently managing partner at Precursos Ventures and a partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Internet and mobile startups. An expert in business development, Charles previously worked at Google, where he developed new partnership opportunities for early-stage products in the advertising, mobile, and e-commerce markets. He is also the founder of the Virtual Goods Summit and Social Gaming Summit, two of the leading conferences in the free-to-play games space, and co-founder of Bionic Panda Games, a mobile games startup.
Bindi Karia Silicon Valley Bank, Microsoft Ventures, Techstars
One of Europe’s top startup experts, Bindi helps entrepreneurs connect the dots between investors, founders, and corporations. While at Microsoft U.K., she devised strategies to help Microsoft drive success for early-stage technology companies and help them partner with the U.K. investor community. Bindi sits on many advisory boards, including Startup Europe, Tech London Advocates, and Up Global Europe, and is an active mentor at top London incubators including Seedcamp, TechStars, Startupbootcamp, WAYRA, JLab, Microsoft Ventures and Level39.
Vicki Saunders Founder, SheEO
An award-winning entrepreneur, mentor, and advisor, Vicki has dedicated her career to building businesses that have a positive impact on the world. She has co-founded and run several companies, including two in Europe, two in Canada (one of which went public on the Toronto Stock Exchange), and one in Silicon Valley. Vicki excels at connecting people and ideas, and has an in-depth understanding of the financial side of startups, having used all types of financing, from debt and equity to government grants, public markets, and crowdfunding. She has helped launch dozens of developmental programs that focus on youth, technology and women’s entrepreneurship, and has mentored more than a thousand businesses.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
It also takes committed sponsors to run an idea competition. Many thanks to the following companies for their support:
Good luck to all entrants. We can’t wait to see the ideas!