Announcing the Start Up Showcase Judging Panel

A few months ago I announced the launch of the Music Industry Blog StartUp Showcase, an opportunity to give early stage music start-ups much needed exposure.  We had an excitingly large number of entrants with a refreshing diversity of offerings and business models.  After whittling down the applicants to those who met the entry criteria we have more than 20 start-ups that will each be assessed across eight key areas, namely:

  • Product Idea
  • Business Model
  • Uniqueness
  • Competitive Positioning
  • Market Need
  • Strategic Vision
  • Team
  • Execution

Today I am proud to announce the stellar panel of judges who are already busy judging the start-ups, namely:

  • Martin Goldschmidt, Chairman of the Cooking Vinyl Group.
  • Davin McDermott, Director and Head of Music at RSM Tenon
  • Keith Jopling, Leading Music Industry Consultant

The judges bring a wealth of experience and expertise and you can view their complete bios here, in the StartUp Showcase section of this site.

We will be announcing the winners of the StartUp Showcase later in July.

A Call Out to Early Stage Music Start-Ups

Just a reminder that the deadline for applications for the Music Industry Blog Start Up Showcase is the 31st May.  If you’re an early stage music start-up (of any flavour, shape or kind) then follow this link to information on what you need to do to enter the Showcase competition.

We’ve got a stellar voting panel together which will be announced shortly.  Winners will be announced in late June.

Announcing the Music Industry Blog Start-Up Showcase

Over the last few months I’ve had conversations with a lot of really exciting early-stage music start- ups with a refreshingly diverse array of products and propositions.  Many of them though share the same problem: the challenge of getting from great idea and team to market awareness.  So, as this blog is read widely by investor and music industry decision makers alike I’ve decided to do my little bit by launching the Music Industry Blog Start-Up Showcase.

Over the next month I will be taking submissions for inclusion from *music* start-ups.  I’m specifically interested in early stage music start-ups, so if you are pre-funding, seed and / or chasing Series A then you could be just the sort of company to be featured in the showcase.  (There might be the occasional case for a later stage company to be included but there will have to be a very strong case).

The most important criteria of all though, is that your business is interesting, exciting and is doing something different.  That doesn’t mean you have to be a unique service or business model (though that would be great).  It does however mean that you must at least have a unique approach, a novel twist.

If you are interested in taking part then please answer the questions below and send them to me directly at musicindustryblog AT gmail DOT COM

Closing date for entries is 31st May.  I will only be selecting the best of the entries for inclusion so I can’t guarantee your inclusion.  I will also be strict in applying impartiality, so that means even if I’m working with your start-up in an advisory capacity it doesn’t mean that you will necessarily be included, (sorry!).  For sake of full disclosure I will state clearly if I am advising for, or have been so at any stage, any of the start-ups selected for inclusion.

If you have any questions, queries or concerns please feel free to send me an email or reach out to me on Twitter @mulligan_mark

Music Start-Up Criteria

If you would like your start-up included in the showcase please answer and submit the following.

What capacity are you representing the company in?

The express elevator pitch (what you do in *one* sentence)

What problem are you solving / why does the music industry need you?

What is your business model?

What is unique about what you are doing?

Who do you see as your main competitors and why can you do things better than them?

Why do consumers and / or businesses need your service(s)?

Where do you want to be in 2 years’ time?

What investment stage are you at (boot strapping, seed, series A) and who are your investors?

250 words on your company (include things like management team, value proposition, go-to-market strategy, clients/partners, etc.)

Company URL(s)