DEADLINE: April 12 for the Start-Up LaunchPad

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Since 2011 at GiGse, we’ve kept our doors opened to start-ups, aware of how hard they have to enter the gambling industry - and 2019 won’t be any different - we’re inviting start-ups from sports betting, interactive gaming, esports, iLottery and the affiliate space to submit their companies for an opportunity to pitch in front of ICE North America attendees

With alumni roster of successful companies that were either acquired by strategic partners or found investment to continue growth (Tangelo Games, NumberFire, Blue Bat Games, to name but a few), the ICE North America Start-Up LaunchPad is a great way to debut and get your feet off the ground.

The 2019 ICE VOX North America LaunchPad will be moderated by Melissa Blau, Director, iGaming Capital and will feature an investment panel that includes:

More judges to be announced soon.


Interested in Applying?

Read the Start-Up LaunchPad rules below, download the submission form and return your completed version - along with your 2-minute video - to
- no later than 1pm ET on Friday, April 12, 2019

Contact Ewa Bakun, Director of Industry Insight and Engagement, at to learn more. 


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ICE North America Start-Up Launchpad


In establishing the rules for applications for the Start-Up LaunchPad, we ‘borrowed’ what we thought were the best ideas from a few tech associations and incubators, such as Tech Stars.

For starters, it's ok to break the rules (though don't skip the bold ones!) - that's what entrepreneurship is about.

 1. More than just a concept. We are looking for companies that are beyond just the ‘concept phase’. There must be a demonstrable product and we will heavily favour those able to bring a technical as well as commercial team member to show the company is built on solid technology.  

2. ‘Early Stage’ only. We are looking for early stage companies.  Ideally, we are looking at those at prototype stage or who’ve launched in the last few months, and so haven’t gained significant media/investment attention and also are not at the idea concept! Publicly traded or large, well-known private companies are not eligible (this rule cannot be broken!). 

3. Ready to deploy capital. It is preferable but not required that the company or project must not have raised a large amount of money from institutional investors (small amounts from friends, family and mentors are ok, but the key word is 'small'). Also, this is not a forum for established companies seeking later stage capital or strategic exits (this rule cannot be broken!).

4. Start-Up LaunchPad is for new companies and entrepreneurs to gain attention and investment; it is not for established companies to launch new products or even divisions (this rule cannot be broken!).

5. Totally committed. The fewer existing commitments you have, and the more you can do to prove you are determined to execute the better. 

6. Scalable Solution. We are looking for entrepreneurs with a unique perspective that are looking to take a scalable business solution to the next level. 

7. English Speaking. While we are looking for solutions and businesses that span the globe, Pitch ICE is an English speaking event, hence English proficiency is required.  

8. A 2-minute start-up video to be prepared so we can promote your pitch prior to the event (this rule cannot be broken!). The objective of the video is to attract the audience, your prospective investors and/or strategic partners, to listen to your pitch at the event. 



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