ServiceNow’s CreatorCon Challenge: Unleash Your Entrepreneur

What would you do with $250,000 in your pocket and access to global sales & marketing support? Would you launch the company you’ve always dreamed of starting? Software developers, tech entrepreneurs and early-stage independent software vendor (ISV) startups – we’re inviting you to compete in the third annual CreatorCon Challenge.

CreatorCon is ServiceNow’s global competition for entrepreneurs to create new apps on the Now Platform™. The platform enables developers to quickly build powerful enterprise apps to connect people and processes. Each year, the CreatorCon Challenge continues to draw more developers to compete to build a successful business on the Now Platform. Last year’s winners joined a high-growth  ecosystem of 400+ applications in the ServiceNow Store.

Contestants will compete for:

  • Market opportunity—ServiceNow is the fastest growing $2B+ enterprise software company in the world, winning apps will have the potential to reach decision makers in IT, HR, CSM, Security, and lines of business at enterprises all around the world.
  • Global distribution channels—Winning apps will be sold in The ServiceNow Store, where more than 3,000 ServiceNow customers have purchased or downloaded at least one app since its launch in 2015.
  • An opportunity for three finalists to pitch on-stage at Knowledge19 in front of a panel of “Legends of Tech” judges
  • Flights and hotels for Knowledge19 (reserved for finalists)
  • Showcase in the CreatorCon Developer Hub at Knowledge19 for up to ten startups

Turning Entrepreneurial Vision Into Reality – Fast

The CreatorCon Challenge has a proven track record of helping entrepreneurs launch and grow their company. The 2017 first-place winner, Factor5™ continues to find success, now with five of Australia’s largest universities as customers, including Monash University and Murdoch University. Not impressed yet? They also have series A funding underway!

The 2018 first-place winner, SalesWon, has already landed several new accounts and are establishing market traction, “100% from the visibility we gained from CreatorCon Challenge” according to Jared Crowder, CEO.

As the two previous winners are demonstrating, the CreatorCon Challenge is a golden opportunity for visionary entrepreneurs to rapidly turn their ideas into marketplace reality on the Now Platform.

Meet Your Judges

We are pleased to welcome back our three “Legends of Tech” judges for the CreatorCon Challenge, Fred Luddy, Om Malik and BJ Lackland. Joining this panel for the first time ever is venture capitalist, Glenn Solomon. These talented individuals have tremendous experience in spotting and nurturing developers and startup talent.

Fred Luddy
For the second year in a row, our founder and chairman Fred Luddy will join as a judge. When Fred founded ServiceNow in 2004, he envisioned a world where anyone could create workflows that worked for—not against—them. He served as Chief Product Officer until 2016 and was our true Entrepreneur-in-Residence.

 

Om Malik
Back as a judge for the third year in a row, founder of GigaOM, Om Malik, is known throughout the industry for his passion, hard work and entrepreneurial spirit. For years, Om worked as a technology journalist at prestigious publications, including Forbes, Red Herring and Business 2.0. He is currently a partner at True Ventures.

 

 

 

BJ Lackland
Also back for the third year in a row, BJ is the CEO of Lighter Capital, a financial technology company investing in early stage software, SaaS, and tech services businesses.  He’ll lend his startup world expertise lense to help choose the winner and runners-up.

 

 

Glenn Solomon
Glenn will join the panel of judges for the first time this year. A Managing Partner at GGV Capital, Glenn has been a VC for 21 years, the last 13 with GGV Capital. Glenn has a passion for working with early stage and growth startups and is at his best when serving as a trusted advisor to entrepreneurs and management teams who are endeavoring to build great companies. Glenn has been named a member of the Forbes Midas List five times in his career.
 

 

Register Now

Ready to unleash your entrepreneur? Entry period begins today through March 8, 2019. Shortlist winners will be announced in March, with finalists notified in April. Finalists will pitch on stage and the winner will be selected at ServiceNow’s Knowledge19 Conference in May. Click here for more details on the challenge and how to apply.

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Allan Leinwand
Allan Leinwand has built a reputation for managing the world’s most demanding clouds – in B2B and B2C. He is the chief technology officer at ServiceNow responsible for building and running the ServiceNow Enterprise Cloud – the second largest enterprise cloud computing environment on the planet. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all technical aspects and guiding the long-term technology strategy for the company. Before joining ServiceNow, Leinwand was chief technology officer – Infrastructure at Zynga, Inc. where he was focused on building one of the largest consumer cloud computing environments used in the delivery of the company’s social games to more than 80 million players daily. He got his start as a cloud pioneer at Cisco before “cloud computing” was a term and the idea of accessing applications from anywhere was still very new. In addition to expertise in running large enterprise cloud computing environments, he also provides expertise in software engineering, quality engineering and product-market fit to companies including Spoke, Inc.; Bulletproof 360, Inc.; MapAnything, Inc.; Founders Circle Capital; and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He is a Board member of Marin Software. Leinwand has served as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley where he taught computer networks, network management and network design. He holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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