Robert Scoble flying out to Sydney to judge Rackspace Startup Competition!

Rackspace® Hosting has launched an Australian pitching competition to find a small startup team making a big impact.

“At Rackspace, we love helping startups. We’re in a particularly exciting spot in Australia, having just brought the full Hybrid Cloud offering to our Sydney datacentre. With Sydney and Melbourne ranking 12th and 18th cities globally for startup activity, and Adelaide, Brisbane, and other cities hot on their heels, we’re seeing a surge in activity in local entrepreneurship” says Angus Dorney, Director and General Manager, Rackspace Australia.

The competition is aiming to find small startup teams (10 or less people) will pitch to a star-studded guest panel for the inaugural Small Teams Big Impact grand prize: a round-trip to San Francisco to visit the world famous Silicon Valley, meet with investors, and profile their product to the world. The winning entrepreneur will be interviewed in Robert Scoble’s studio, talking about their startup in front of his huge global audience: 335,000 Twitter followers, and 500,000 Facebook fans. Not a bad little push for your business.

Startups at any stage of development (whether at the formation of the idea, in development, or already making an impact), can apply in two minutes here until July 26th: http://www.rackspace.com.au/small-teams

10 shortlisted finalists will all present at a grand final event to investors, media, the startup community, and a star-studded judging panel at Fishburners Sydney on August 6th:

  • Robert Scoble, Startup Liaison Officer, Rackspace; blogger, technical evangelist, and author
  • Mick Liubinskas, Co‐Founder, Pollenizer
  • Kim Heras, Founder PushStart
  • Ruslan Kogan, Founder Kogan
  • Chris Ridd, Country Manager, Xero

Scoble is excited about coming out to Australia for the first time. “I get to travel around the world all the time to see some of the most exciting startups in the world. However, I’ve never had the pleasure of coming to Australia. I can’t wait to see what all the Aussie entrepreneurs have in store for the Small Teams Big Impact competition, both at the final event when I visit Sydney, and when they visit our shores for a recording session in our studio. We’ll be judging startups based on the scope of their innovation, the highest potential to change or disrupt an industry, and having the greatest impact to the largest number of people or businesses.”

image: news.com.au