ICE North America Start-Up LaunchPad finalists have been selected

The selected start-ups will each get 7 minutes to present their companies to the ICE VOX North America Audience and to the investor judges to be then quizzed by them on their propositions. There will only be one winner, chosen in the popular vote. 

The 2019 ICE North America start-ups are:

  • Hold Gaming: Merging social casino, eSports, and iGaming into engaging Casino eSports content and a robust platform. Presented by Phillip Runyan, Founder and CEO
  • LineLibrary: the global sports betting exchange. Presented by Sam Rattner, Founder and CEO
  • Picking Duck: a sports betting contest app and sports pick marketplace which allows players to earn real money without ever risking a dime. Presented by Kenneth Manubay, CEO
  • Wannamakeabet: the intersection of sports betting and fantasy sports. Presented by Eric Simon, CEO
  • your gateway to all things esports. Presented by Serge Vardanyan, Founder and CEO


The start-up will be judged by:

Seth Berger, Managing Director, Sixers Innovation Lab
Wayne Kimmel, Managing Director, SeventySix Capital 
Evan Hoff, Partner, Velo Capital Partners 
Robert Montgomery, CEO, First Maximilian Associates 

Moderated by: Melissa Blau, Director, iGaming Capital


For a preview of the pitches, view the videos submitted by the shortlisted startups with the application:



These five startups will also have small booths on the ICE North America expo floor – make sure you visit them during the show. 

We have received a great number of submissions from startups covering all various parts of the gambling ecosystem, although, understandably, there was a dominance of the sports wagering startups. 

We have asked them if they wanted their pitch videos to be uploaded and below are the ones who have given us consent. Many will be attending the show so make sure you schedule a meeting with them to find out more – use the mobile app to set up meetings. 




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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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