eMerge Americas, the tech conference set for early May in Miami Beach, has anounced new speakers and details on its Startup Showcase.
As part of WIT, its Women Innovation & Technology program, new speakers include Alexandre Wilkis Wilson, co-founder and CEO at Gilt Groupe and Glamsquad; Abigail Posner, head of strategic planning for Google, and Genevieve Bell, VP and Intel Fellow of Intel Labs, said Xavier Gonzalez, executive director of eMerge Americas. New speakers in the general summit include Martin Migoya, founder of Globant, Pat Basu, CMO of Doctors on Demand, John Stein, CEO of Betterment, and Gregg Pollack, founder of Code School, he said.
The Startup Showcase will put early and later-stage startups in front of hundreds of investors and industry innovators and will culminate with top companies pitching on eMerge’s Center Stage for $150,000 in cash and prizes. The selected companies will also participate in a virtual boot camp followed by an live boot camp for entrepreneurs in Miami during the event.
This year, applicants have three tracks to choose from — University, Early-Stage and Late-Stage. Last year’s early-stage and late-stage competition winners were Modernizing Medicine and Hair Construction. Startups that would like to apply: www.emergeamericas.org/startups/. The deadline is March 15.
“Last year’s Startup Showcase highlighted talented innovators of the highest caliber from across the U.S. and Latin America, and gave them a unique opportunity to connect with hundreds of investors and business leaders,” said Gonzalez. “This year promises to be bigger and better as we have expanded the eligibility requirements to allow companies from across the globe to compete for a chance to take their company to the next level.”
eMerge Americas, culminating with a summit at the Miami Beach Convention Center May 4 and 5, is expected to attract more than 10,000 attendees.