Join the BookExpo Challenge

A publishing startup pitch competition at BEA 2015.

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What is the BookExpo Challenge?

Bring your new business to Startup Alley at BookExpo America 2015, right next to the Digital Zone, and pitch to venture capitalists and publishing & technology leaders. The competition judges will then select 4 finalists for a live, on-stage Startup Challenge event.

Eligibility: Early stage startups* in the publishing space.

Judging Criteria: Judges will make their decisions based on which ventures they believe to be most  promising and likely to succeed.

(* Bootstrap, Seed, or Series A)


May 27th, 2015

Starting at 1:00 PM


New York, NY

The Jacob Javits Convention Center

What you'll receive...

Qualified Startups will receive the following to present to judges and attendees at BookExpo America:

● Display table
● 2 Chairs
● 2 3-Day BEA Passes with retail value of $419 each
● A listing in the official BEA directory
● Coaching from investment professionals on raising capital
● Access to publishing industry executives

Not to mention, the opportunity to present your new product or service to VCs and access to attendees at the largest publishing event in the US


At the discretion of the judges, one company will receive one of each of the following prizes in addition to the opportunity to have a booth in BEA's startup alley.

● 1st Place winner sponsored by Sourcebooks

● People's Choice Award - to be given to the most promising Startup, voted on by the Exhibitors and Attendees of the BEA

Registration Costs

If you are selected to proceed to the second round, there is no fee to register for this event. This opportunity will place your company in front of the most important technology decision makers in Publishing.
All applications must be submitted by May 8, 2015.


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Thank you to our event sponsors!

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If you have any questions or are interested in Sponsorship opportunities, contact us below.

Startups who wish to be evaluated for inclusion in Round 2 at BEA
fill out the registration ENTRY FORM