The Thursday and Friday (July 10-11) before this year’s Foo Camp in Sebastopol July 11-13, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures will be hosting OATV Startup Camp. This startup boot camp will consist of sessions led by startup veterans and other experts in a roundtable discussion format on various topics important to founders. The sessions will be more of a conversation on each topic rather than a lecture, in which participants will learn from each other as well as from entrepreneurs who’ve already been successful.
We’re making space at OATV Startup Camp (and at Foo Camp to follow) for two people from each of six to eight early stage startups that we select from those that apply. Once we select the startups, we’ll tailor the sessions to their issues, but we’re planning to cover things like fundraising, PR and viral marketing, and working with investors and a board of directors. And of course, you get to interact with all the people who’ll be there at Foo Camp as well.
To apply, email your company presentation (no more than 20 slides) to foo at oatv.com. Then note that Foo Camp is all about bringing people together who are doing amazing things. What about your start up would be interesting to the people who come to Foo? At O’Reilly, we’re not just interested in making money (although like all investors, we do care about that too!). We’re interested in people and technologies that we believe have the potential to change the world for the better, and that tell us something new about emerging trends that everyone else isn’t already thinking.
Some areas of interest include cloud computing, mobile, location-based services, open source hardware, physical computing and new materials, the future of manufacturing, tools for information management and open data, open source (especially as used to create Web 2.0 data assets), rich media and the future of creativity, cleantech, braintech (applied neuroscience), and personal genomics. Even better, surprise us with something you see that we don’t.
We’ll pick 6-8 early stage startup companies by June 20, 2008. Applications are due by June 6, 2008.