Skillsapien Joins Forces with eZ-Xpo to Launch Virtual Startup Ecosystem in Australia
San Francisco, CA – December 23, 2013 – eZ-Xpo and Startup360 is pleased to announce the world’s first Virtual Startup Ecosystem, with its first launch in Australia through a strategic partnership with Skillsapien.com. The event focuses on helping local entrepreneurs connect to expertise and capital in Silicon Valley.
To kick-off the New Year, a series of first Virtual Pitches from startups in Australia to expert advisors and investors in Silicon Valley, is scheduled to take place in late January of 2014. The event will accelerate and facilitate deeper entrepreneurial business relationships and ongoing collaboration opportunities between the Australia entrepreneurial community and San Francisco Bay Area.
Startup360 is not offering just another deal flow platform connecting investors and entrepreneurs. The key objectives of Startup360 is to offer a global collaborative community for entrepreneurs, advisors, and investors to connect and collaborate in a live, on-demand virtual environment
“The key challenge of any global entrepreneur is to get connected and network with a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem that can offer the right mentors, advisors, investors, or potential team members. As an Australian entrepreneur now based in the Bay Area, I wish I had easier means to network in Silicon Valley without the hassles of long-distance travel. Startup360 is the perfect entrepreneurial collaborative ecosystem combining the capabilities of virtual pitching, virtual expo, virtual learning, and virtual job fair, all-in-one through a single portal,” explains Victor Jiang, Founder & CEO of Skilsapien.com.
“I am excited to partner with eZ-Xpo to help every global entrepreneur to get connected to accelerate their dream quickly, starting in Australia,” added Jiang.
“We are excited to partner with Skilsapien to help every Australian entrepreneur connect with the Silicon Valley and create a global entrepreneurial community.
We created Startup360 with global entrepreneurs in mind. Every global entrepreneur, advisor and investor is constantly on the go and faced with a constant flood of information and activities. With Startup360, the entrepreneur can easily and quickly upload their pitch deck or product information for review, pitch investors or advisors and get instant feedback virtually. With an integrated experience combining in-screen videos, pitch presentations, instant chat and document-sharing capabilities, the eZ-Xpo platform that powers Startup360 has been described as “Skype on steroids” and “Virtual Shark Tank”.
Investors and mentors can now offer feedback and source deal flow from entrepreneurs on virtually every continent, without leaving the comfort of their homes or offices. No longer is it necessary to have to jump on a plane for weeks or even months to source the best deals or talents, as so many investors and entrepreneurs have done previously,” explains Matt Fok, Founder and CEO of eZ-Xpo.
“In short, investors and entrepreneurs outside of the US can now scale up their exposure to each other by a factor of 10x or 100x, replacing the tyranny of distance and timezones with the instant mass reach of the Internet.
The Startup360 Virtual Startup Ecosystem will include the following game-changing features:
- Virtual Startup Expo - Global entrepreneurs, investors, and advisors can connect, collaborate, and promote each other’s services or offerings live and on-demand in a virtual lobby. The entrepreneur can upload their virtual pitch deck to their virtual booth for review. Investors can easily and quickly search for their perfect “next Google” based on predefined investment criteria.
- Virtual Job Expo - Participants will be able to showcase their latest and greatest accomplishments in an easy to use virtual booth. This will also enable entrepreneurial employers to showcase exciting new job opportunities and provide a one-stop place for screening, interviewing, selection and on-boarding.
- Virtual Learning Marketplace - Enriching every member with a wealth of professional online and online learning repository. The Virtual Learning Marketplace focuses on entrepreneurial topics such as digital marketing, cloud computing, legal and business expertise – particularly around international trading. Experts can also easily and quickly launch their own online course (via eLearningZoom).
With one single sign-on (SSO), virtual attendees can visit any of the available virtual expo marketplaces for viewing through the eZ-Xpo Network.
For additional information, please visit http://www.StartUp360.co/skillsapien
Skillsapien is the evolved global experts network, where C-level executives and professional legal, financial, marketing and business experts can be hired within a matter of clicks, on a monthly time-shared basis. Skillsapien.com is an online rated-and-ranked professional expertise marketplace for high-end professional services. Or in other words, the “Airbnb” + “Yelp” for business consultants, lawyers, advisors and interim executives. Our goal is to make finding and booking such professionals as easy as booking an airline ticket.
Started in Sydney, Australia in 2012, Skillsapien now has an office in Silicon Valley, USA and counts among the largest Silicon Valley law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as advisor and backer. By making professional services transparent, Skillsapien aims to increase choice, flexibility, supplier utilization and value for both clients and provider experts.
eZ-Xpo helps businesses connect, collaborate, and promote through networks of virtual expo marketplaces for constant lead generation. eZ-Xpo reinvents the trade show and lead generation industry with a revolutionary new approach to virtual events, virtual trade shows, private business networking marketplace. eZ-Xpo delivers the world’s 1st all-in-1 virtual expo marketplace that seamlessly integrates with built-in marketing automation to follow up with every prospective customer during and after the event. eZ-Xpo goes beyond the traditional trade show and virtual event tools by harnessing the power of the Internet, proven best of class marketing automation technologies (i.e., SalesForce, Mailchimp) and making everything available to you in an integrated and intuitive online interface.
eZ-Xpo has been operating in Silicon Valley for over five years. eZ-Xpo has deployed the world’s all-in-1 virtual expo marketplace, results-oriented virtual collaborative marketing solutions for different industries and industry leaders such as Wells Fargo, New York Life, MetaStock, Boeing, and Raytheon.
For more information on eZ-Xpo, please visit www.eZ-Xpo.com
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