Data Center World, a global conference for data center, facilities and IT infrastructure professionals, has announced the inaugural Data Center World Innovation Startup Challenge taking place at its annual conference in San Antonio, Texas on March 16-19, 2020. The deadline to enter the competition is Wednesday, February 12th. 

The Innovation Startup Challenge will host companies who are currently developing or selling a technology solution that directly impacts the data center industry, providing an opportunity for these companies to showcase their technology. The qualifications to be considered a startup for this competition can be found on the Data Center World website.

All submissions will be evaluated by a panel of experts based on several business model and go-to-market criteria. Winners will be chosen by the panel based on their presentations on stage and will be judged on a clear technology solution, a concise pitch and the value of the technology to the data center industry.

The competition will feature four judging categories:

  • Most Disruptive Technology – The technology that the judges determine has the best opportunity to create short-term positive market, sales, or customer service disruption among existing data center technologies in its vertical.
  • Best Chance for Market Success – The technology that judges determine will be the most successful at creating revenue upside and profit for the startup company.
  • Best Ability to Gain Additional Capital – The startup company that judges determine is sufficiently structured, has the most attractive data center technology, and has the most connected and well-run management team to be able to raise additional capital to grow the company.
  • Most Influential Founding Team – The startup company that judges determine has assembled the most experienced founding backers, founding management team and strongest investment profile.

Up to 10 companies will be chosen to present on the expo stage at Data Center World 2020. The winners will be announced on stage later in the day.

All contestants will receive up to two standard-access passes to Data Center World and winners of each category will be presented with a recognition plaque, will be covered in Data Center Knowledge and will have the opportunity to network with prospective customers and investors throughout the conference and expo.

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