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Capital Connection & Startup America Team Up for Mid-Atlantic Challenge Contest


Winner of Startup America Challenge Contest Earns Chance to Compete at TechBUZZ

Capital Connection’12, a nationally recognized technology industry conference, joined forces with the Startup America Partnership to offer a coveted spot as the 28th seed stage company to compete in TechBUZZ on May 23.  The Startup America TechBUZZ Challenge Contest was held last week and the finalist was named at an event held Saturday afternoon, May 19.

The winner of Startup America TechBUZZ Challenge Contest is, a real-time marketplace for entrepreneurial media and visual journalism. Founded by media-techy Anton Gelman and news-cameraman Daniel Shaw, enables ecommerce for breaking news, and allows a reporter in Libya, Syria or Occupy Wall Street to sell their videos and photos to the BBC or their local paper and have them published in a half-hour. Sales happen in real-time to any media company worldwide through the platform, email or a 3-click purchase via Twitter.

"I am incredibly excited to pitch at one of the most distinguished entrepreneurial events of the year,” said Anton Gellman, CEO of “Many thanks to Startup America and Capital Connection'12 for making this possible!"

This TechBUZZ Challenge Contest was held for registered members of the Startup America Partnership from the Mid-Atlantic States. To enter, participants were required to submit a one-minute original pitch video. The winner of the contest joins 27 visionary innovators and company-builders that are competing to be named “Best of the BUZZ” and earn a chance to pitch in front of the entire Capital Connection audience on May 24 in the TechBUZZ Showdown. The audience will be polled in real time, via mobile devices, to vote for their favorite TechBUZZ competitor during the TechBUZZ Showdown, with a winner being announced during the closing reception of Capital Connection’12.

“Startup America is all about providing our members across the country with access to the resources and networks they need to succeed, which is why we’re thrilled to partner with Capital Connection’12,” said Scott Case, CEO of Startup America. “ will have the great opportunity to pitch their young business to potential investors, and meet successful entrepreneurs and other startups working hard to grow their companies in the Mid-Atlantic.”

“Capital Connection’12 is centered on the entrepreneur building high growth endeavors and our new partnership with Startup America reinforces our emphasis on giving companies a boost in their pursuit of successful business,” said Julia Spicer, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association. “Startup America’s TechBUZZ Challenge Contest is a perfect way to tee up the exciting TechBUZZ competition that gets underway May 23rd when some of the best and brightest new innovators unveil their great ideas.”

Registration remains open for TechBUZZ on May 23rd and the Capital Connection’12 conference which will feature the TechBUZZ Showdown on May 24th at 4pm.

Key features in this year’s Capital Connection and TechBUZZ conference:

• Keynote and Featured Speakers:  Chairman and CEO of Revolution, Co-Founder of America Online, chairman of the Startup America Partnership and ultimate entrepreneur, Steve Case; Gilt Groupe CEO and Co-Founder, Kevin Ryan; and CEO and Founder of Opower, Dan Yates.  Peter Barris, Managing General Partner, New Enterprise Associates (NEA); Cameron Lester, General Partner, Azure Capital; and Tony Palcheck, Managing Director, Motorola Ventures Motorola Solutions Venture Capital at Motorola Solutions. Media moderators: Dan Primack, Senior Editor, and Dan Beyers, Editor of Capital Business, The Washington Post.
• Who’s Hot:  A who’s who of hot companies and recognizable market leaders.
• What’s the BUZZ?  The high energy, fast-pitch TechBUZZ program showcasing what’s new and fresh from Seed Stage startups. This year featuring the Best of the BUZZ with real-time feedback from audience participants.
• Easy Access: A new rate structure to make the conference accessible to a broad range of entrepreneurs, angel investors, incubators and companies across all stages of growth. 
• Opportunity to Tell the Company Story:  An unparalleled opportunity for early, growth and late stage firms to present business models for investment or showcase their success.

Capital ConnectionTM, one of the nation’s most respected industry conferences, will be held this year on May 23-24 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Registration for Capital Connection’12 with its featured innovative TechBUZZ event is now open on the conference website located at

NOTE TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS: Media interested in attending this year’s Capital Connection and TechBUZZ, must submit an online request for press credentials at The conference media policy is also available for review on the above web page.

About Capital ConnectionTM
In its 25th year, Capital Connection brings together the broad community of entrepreneurial companies and potential partners to help enhance business and economic growth. Opinion leaders from business and government share their knowledge and expertise, along with leading technology companies at all growth stages who showcase their capabilities to a nationwide audience of investors, advisors, partners and entrepreneurs at the annual signature event. Launched in 2011, TechBUZZ provides start-ups and seed-stage companies center stage in spotlighting the “next big thing.” For more information and to register, go to

About TechBUZZ
TechBUZZ was first piloted in 2010 and launched in May 2011 as a half-day conference preceding Capital Connection in response to the growing impact start-ups and seed-stage companies are having in recent years on the investment ecosystem overall.  MAVA is dedicated to continuing to foster and celebrate this vital area of our membership by bringing together investors and entrepreneurs in a dynamic and meaningful format. TechBUZZ shines a well-deserved light on the visionary innovators and company-builders in our region who are actively developing their concepts, testing their beta or prototype products and services and pursuing a path toward market entry.

About the Startup America Partnership
The Startup America Partnership is a growing national movement of thousands of founders, experts and resources providing startups access to the corporations, investors, and services they need to grow. Launched at the White House in early 2011, the Partnership brings together startups and local champions from around the country focused on creating successful networks for young, high-growth companies to thrive. AOL co-founder Steve Case chairs the Partnership and the Kauffman and Case Foundations are its founding partners. American Airlines, American Express OPEN, Dell Inc., Intuit Inc., Microsoft and NYSE Euronext are corporate sponsors. For more information on the Partnership, visit and follow us at and