FountainBlue produces “monthly events for clean energy, high tech, and life science entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley (US / California)”. Earlier this month, FountainBlue held its first Virtual Worlds event, ” Virtual Worlds: The Hype, The Reality, The In-Between”. I attended the event and provided a summary of the virtual worlds panelists’ discussions. FountainBlue now plans to produce an annual virtual worlds event, with the first one on September 25, 2009. According to FountainBlue:
This annual conference will showcase where we’ve been and where we’re going in virtual worlds, featuring key stakeholders, including entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and investors in this space. There will be two morning panels: one on Virtual Worlds – What is it, Where Has it Been? And the second one is on: Where Will Virtual Worlds Take Us. As part of this event, we will also feature Corporate Exhibits on Virtual World and profile Six Virtual World Entrepreneurs, the winners of this business plan competition.
Here’s a draft agenda of the September event:
8:00 Networking and Registration
8:30 Welcomes and Thank Yous, Audience Input On What They Would Like Covered
8:40 Presentation on Virtual Worlds – What is it, Where Has it Been?
9:00 Questions from the Audience
9:10 Panel Discussion: Where Will Virtual Worlds Take Us?
9:40 Questions from the Audience
9:50 Morning Break, Corporate Virtual World Tables on Display
10:20 Six Virtual World Fast Pitches, 15 minute rounds each
11:45 Awards, Closure and Networking
FountainBlue notes the following criteria for submitting an executive summary:
Early stage, funding-bound entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs are invited to submit their executive summaries by visiting http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=180447, completing the questions on the registration page (following the format available at http://fountainblue.biz/images/Executive_Summary_Submission_Form.pdf) and paying the $20-$30 registration fee by noon on August 14.
Process for Submitting Plans
March 20 First Call for Exec Summaries
August 1 Last Call for Exec Summaries
August 14 Deadline for Exec Summaries Submissions (@ noon)
Sept 15 Announcing Six Finalists (by noon)
9/15-22 Informal Meetings with Finalists
Sept 25 Annual Virtual Worlds Event, with Presentation by Finalists
Process for Pitching During the Annual Event
The Six Virtual World Entrepreneurs will be conducting fast pitches, 15 minute rounds each, broken down as follows:
- 3-minute pitches
- 3-minutes Q&A with judging panel
- 2-minute feedback from judges
- 1-minute additional feedback from the audience
For more information on this event, contact: email@example.com