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We are excited to announce the Windows Startup Challenge – a joint initiative between Startup Weekend, Microsoft and DEMO to help developers, designers and entrepreneurs go from prototype to development to launch.

If you have a Windows Store app idea, apply to compete by January 29th for a chance to get publicity, expert help and mentorship, connections to investors and a free trip to San Francisco to unveil your app at DEMO Mobile on April 17th, 2013 in front of top tier investors, VCs and press.

It’s easy to enter the challenge

  1. Submit your app prototype! This can be a video or a presentation
  2. Get votes! Share a link to your app video or presentation to collect votes

Challenge Prizes

First Prize: Top team will receive a free trip to San Francisco to launch at DEMO Mobile on April 17th, 2013.

 Semi-finalists: Top five teams will receive a marketing package including banners, marketing and PR support to promote and launch the app

All teams that advance to the second round of the challenge will receive an engineering and design resource to help them with building their Windows app

Entry Period

The entry begins Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 (Today!) and ends on January 29, 2013. Please submit a prototype of your app here.

We’ve got all the juicy details for you on the contest page, make sure not to miss out on this opportunity, the rewards are huge.

Questions can be directed to the Facebook support page or WindowsChallenge@microsoft.com.


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