Guidewire Group Announces US Dates for Its Global Innovate!2010 Startup Program

Innovate!2010 “Pitch Slam” series kicks off in San Francisco, continues through summer and fall with events in Seattle, New York, Boston and other cities.

SAN FRANCISCO  (  Produced by Guidewire Group, the leading analyst firm focused exclusively on startups and emerging markets, Innovate!2010 is a global program designed to identify and promote up-and-coming technology and communications startups via regional “Pitch Slam” events in cities around the world.

After a successful series of 14 Innovate!2010 Pitch Slams in Europe that began in Zaragoza, Spain and ended in Tallinn, Estonia, Guidewire Group launched its North American tour at the 2010 Semantic Technology conference in San Francisco on June 24th. Upcoming Innovate!2010 Pitch Slams will be held August 17th in Columbia, Missouri at the University of Missouri and August 18th in Seattle, Washington at the pii2010 conference, with plans underway for events in California, New York, Massachusetts and Texas.

Any qualified startup can apply to the Innovate!2010 program, and a select group of companies chosen as semi-finalists will be evaluated using Guidewire Group’s proprietary G/Score™ assessment methodology. The 100 most promising semi-finalists will then be named to the Innovate!100 list of top startups that will be released later this year.

The June 24th event, which was co-hosted by Semantic Universe, featured seven semi-finalists that were evaluated by a panel of expert judges: Hypios (winner), Gnowsis (runner-up) Smartlogic (runner-up), playence, Semantifi, Tip Top Technologies and zAgile. Hypios, a startup that helps companies solve research and development problems by leveraging an online marketplace of subject matter experts, guaranteed itself a spot on the prestigious Innovate!100 list by being named winner of the event.

Startups that apply to the Innovate!2010 program are also eligible to compete for a share of over $1 million in sponsored prizes that include cash and in-kind goods and services. Applications are now being accepted from startups interested in participating in an upcoming Innovate!2010 Pitch Slam.  Details on the program, including reports from previous Pitch Slam events, can be found at

About Innovate!2010

Innovate!2010 is a global program to identify and promote the top 100 global technology startups. The program enables the most promising startups to gain access to resources and opportunities to accelerate the growth of their companies. Innovate!2010 also enables its partners, including technology and telecommunications vendors, government agencies, professional services providers, technology scouts and investors, to identify and engage hundreds of highly vetted, fast-growing startups and raise their brand profile in the global startup community. Innovate!2010 sponsors and partners include leading organizations like Alacatel-Lucent, BestBuy, Cisco Systems, Comcast, DifferenceEngine, EMC, HP, HSBC, Hearst, IBM, LaPoste, LG Electronics, Microsoft, O2 Litmus, Oracle, PWC, Quickstart Global, PayPal, RIM, SAP, Silicon Valley Bank, Sony, SWIFT, Turner Broadcasting, Verizon, and the City of Zaragoza; as well as European and U.S. economic development agencies, and dozens of leading angel and venture capital investors.

About Guidewire Group, Inc.

Guidewire Group is a global market intelligence and advisory firm passionate about technology entrepreneurship. Our exclusive focus on early-stage companies and emerging technology markets drives insight and opportunity to our clients and community. At the heart of our offerings is the G/Score™, a proprietary assessment tool that brings clarity and focus to the art of transforming ideas into successful enterprises. Developed over the course of more than 20,000 startup interviews, the G/Score has proven to be a reliable predictor of startup viability and promise. Our G/Score data helps technology investors, customers and platform vendors rapidly qualify and respond to startup deal flow from even thousands of startups. Our G/Score assessment tools help startups, investors, service providers and government agencies to identify and benchmark competitive strengths and weaknesses, and our Studio G business acceleration programs helps startups achieve their growth objectives with clarity of purpose, speed and efficiency.