After a chain of meetings across the country and overseas to find the most exciting startups, the DEMO team will be back in Silicon Valley next Tuesday, June 22, at the offices of Benchmark Capital on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.

Benchmark, one of Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital firms, has offered to join us in providing feedback to up to 10 companies during the day.

This is part of our ongoing quest to find the best entrepreneurs in the world. Whether you’re contemplating a launch at the upcoming DEMO, held September 13-15 in Silicon Valley, or at a later DEMO event, the session will give you the opportunity to meet with myself (I’m DEMO Executive Producer and am in charge of selecting DEMO’s class of companies) and some of the rest of the DEMO team. Each session will be for at least a half-hour (20 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes feedback). You will also be able to meet with general partners at Benchmark.

Benchmark isn’t expecting these meetings to be pitches for funding, but it’s a great opportunity to develop an early relationship with the firm’s partners without the pressure that comes with a typical pitch.

If you’re interested in coming to this gathering at Benchmark, please fill out this form. Given Benchmark’s focus on information technology, we’ll only be inviting cloud/infrastructure, SaaS, consumer internet and mobile companies for this session. Applications are due by this Thursday at noon, and we’ll let companies know as soon as possible once they’re selected. Even if you’re not selected, we’ll strongly consider you for an invite to the after-event beer and burger party at the Dutch Goose.

To be clear, if you’re interested in applying to DEMO, you don’t necessarily have to attend any of these events. You can always apply directly here. The deadline is July 1. This DEMO is going to be big. Press registrations are already filling up, and we’re going to have more announcements soon. People wanting to attend can still get an early bird ticket for $995.

Look forward to seeing some of you at Benchmark!

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