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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2013
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Final Schedule Announced for Inaugural SPROCKIT at 2013 NAB Show

Ten Startups to Present with Industry Leaders and Pitch their Solutions to Potential Partners

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Washington, D.C. -- NAB Show today announced the program schedule for SPROCKIT, a new initiative that gives 10 startups the opportunity to present their products or services live at the 2013 NAB Show, April 6-11 in Las Vegas. Unlike traditional startup programs, SPROCKIT identifies breakaway market-ready companies and puts them on stage alongside the major players in the industry.

The 10 invited startups will have multiple opportunities to showcase their offerings to industry executives and show attendees, but the most anticipated sessions are the SPROCKIT Startups Pitches. Each startup will be allotted five minutes to pitch their company and value proposition, followed by a brief Q&A session, to potential partners who will be onsite for the presentations. The SPROCKIT Startups Pitch schedule in the SPROCKIT Hub (C1326) is:

  • Monday, April 8, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. PT – Content management startups: Localytics, Collective[i], Standard Media Index

  • Tuesday, April 9, 1:45 - 2:45 p.m. PT – Content distribution startups: The Whistle, Tivli, Everloop, Shelby.tv

  • Wednesday, April 10, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. PT – Content creation startups: FlixMaster SnappyTV, NewsiT

Also highly anticipated are the on-stage, one-on-one meetings between the SPROCKIT startups and executives from leading media and entertainment corporations. In these “Corner-Office Meetings,” attendees can watch the dialogue between entrepreneurs and executives as they discuss the industry and how their respective companies can forge relationships. Executives who will host Corner-Office Meetings in the SPROCKIT Hub include:

  • Louisa Shipnuck, director, marketing and strategy, Verizon Digital Services – Monday, April 8, 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

  • Mark Dowley - chief strategy officer, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings, LLC – Monday, April 8, 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PT

  • Balaji Gopinath, vice president of emerging technology, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. – Tuesday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. PT

  • Kevin Cuddihy, president, Univision Television Group – Wednesday, April 10, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. PT

  • Tarun Katial - CEO, Reliance Broadcast Network – Wednesday, April 10, 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. PT

Throughout the show, all 2013 NAB Show attendees are able to visit the SPROCKIT Hub – a dedicated space on the Show floor – to speak directly with the startup founders. The SPROCKIT Hub will be home to multiple events, presentations and opportunities for attendees to learn and discuss the future of media and entertainment. The full schedule of SPROCKIT Hub programs and all SPROCKIT activities is online at NABshow.com. Attendees can also see the SPROCKIT startups present alongside three industry leaders and gain insight into future trends of media and entertainment during NAB Show sessions including:

“Game-changing innovations and seismic industry changes rarely happen on their own. Leading companies often seek emerging talent and technology to lead their future, and that’s what SPROCKIT hopes to bring to the NAB Show community,” said Harry M. Glazer, founder and CEO, World Series of Start-Ups, LLC. “During the various sessions and presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to see, interact with and experience first hand the innovations that are changing the landscape of the media and entertainment industry, and will ultimately change how content is created and delivered.”

SPROCKIT is an invitation-only program, created in partnership with World Series of Start-Ups, LLC and Springboard Enterprises. Startups were evaluated and selected by Angel Capital Association, Dell Founders Club, NAB Show, National Venture Capital Association, Startup America Partnership, The Paley Center, World Series of Start-Ups, LLC and Springboard Enterprises. SPROCKIT is sponsored by Convergent Wealth. Digital Media Wire is the media partner.

MEDIA NOTE: For NAB Show registered media interested in attending any of the SPROCKIT sessions, or interested in attending the SPROCKIT press reception on Tuesday, April 9, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., please contact Lindsay Hyman or Bridget Nolan at sprockit@allisonpr.com.

About NAB Show
NAB Show, held April 6-11 in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 90,000 attendees from 151 countries and 1,600+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at www.nabshow.com.

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