fts_logoBack in 2016, the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo and its sister expo RoboUniverse, both of which are put on by global events producer Rising Media, combined their individual Startup Competitions to make one big contest, adding virtual reality to the mix, called the Frontier Tech Showdown. Seed-stage startups from any of the three frontier technology fields of robotics, 3D printing, and virtual reality are invited to apply for the chance to pitch their business plans to investors at the I3DP Conference, and potentially win an uncapped $15,000 SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity).

inside-3d-printing-logoInside 3D Printing New York is coming up in exactly one month, which means that if you have a frontier technology startup and a great idea for a business plan, start preparing your application – the submission deadline for Frontier Tech Showdown is just a few days away. The top eight startups will each have the chance to pitch for five minutes at the conference, which will be held at the New York Javits Convention Center. Early-stage venture capital company Asimov Ventures will present the winner of the Frontier Tech Showdown with the $15,000 SAFE. All told, previous contest winners, and contestants, have raised a combined amount of nearly $100 million!

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One of the entrants from last year’s New York competition, biotechnology company Cellink.eu, subsequently had a successful IPO on the Swedish Nasdaq. Another previous winner is 3D Hubs; right after it won first place in the inaugural Startup Competition, the company, which can provide one billion people access to a 3D printer within ten miles of home, experienced great growth and raised $4.5 million.

Brooklyn-based Dog Parker won the 2016 competition, with its innovative on-demand dog houses that offer urban pet parents a safe way to keep their dog outside while they run into a store for a few minutes. Speaking of startups that cater to the animal lovers, CleverPet won first place in the December 2015 RoboGameChanger startup competition. The winner of the October 2015 I3DP Startup Competition was Metamason, with its “scan/fit/print” patient-specific CPAP masks.

3DPrint.com likes to keep up with the competition winners, as we have interviewed 3D Hubs, Metamason, and ILLUSIO Imaging regarding what the companies’ wins have meant for them – and it’s clear to see a lot of doors have been opened for them. Previous illustrious winners additionally include Voxel8Wiivv, and Obsess VR, while previous entrants also included AstroPrint, Savvy Society, and Carbon Robotics.

i3dp-new-york-2017You can click here to apply now, and all applications must be submitted before February 23rd. Interviews will take place from February 24-28, and the startups who are selected to pitch their business plans in person at the competition will be announced on March 1st. If you are selected to compete, you will get complimentary access to the Frontier Tech Forum exhibition and conference as you pitch your company in person in New York City.

3DPrint.com will also be there to see the competition live and bring you the latest 3D printing news from the rest of the conference as well. If you register before February 17, you’ll get a discount – and use code 3DPRINT at checkout to save even more. Discuss in the Frontier Tech Showdown forum at 3DPB.com.

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