Monday started on a positive note with the official kickoff of LAUNCH Media's festival for up-and-coming tech businesses. The conference offers a meeting place for entrepreneurs to showcase their services and ideas to fellow tech founders and potential investors.
Like many of the start-ups attending, LAUNCH 2013 was not without technical hiccups. After a rush of attendees in the early morning, registration was shut down and people were ushered in without any confirmation of tickets. By noon, the team was up and running again and attendees could pick up their badges to allow entry into the festival for the remaining two days.
While the start-up stands in the demo pit are a major networking opportunity for many people, the real draw of the festival is located on the main stage where several dozen companies present their business ideas and some of them officially launch to the real world for the first time. After each brief presentation, the company founders are hit with a collection of questions and comments from a panel of investors and business leaders.
Day one saw sixteen different companies present over three different launch rounds. Some highlights included: an air sensor company called CubeSensors, a high-end travel review site called triptease, and a civic engagement platform called CitySource.
Only time will show what other innovative and creative ideas LAUNCH 2013 will reveal to the world in the coming days. Registration is still open for those who wish to join and will remain open until the last day of the conference on March 6th, 2013.