The BookTech competition - calling for startups who are hacking publishing

The BookTech competition - calling for startups who are hacking publishing

The annual Futurebook BookTech competition is live. We’re looking for startups and new companies who are doing something new and exciting in publishing. 

In the same way that a life hack is a tip for doing things more efficiently, I see BookTech as a publishing hack: an innovative approach that reimagines how we do publishing - for the better. 

New entrants into publishing can offer a fresh approach and move faster than traditional companies. That’s why BookTech has a special place at FutureBook to celebrate emerging startups who are:

  • Developing innovations in storytelling, publishing or bookselling
  • Disintermediating the process by connecting writers with readers
  • Disrupting the status quo by harnessing new technology and digital approaches 

All along the publishing value chain there are opportunities to solve problems and improve the way we do things. So, whether you’re working behind the scenes or directly with writers, publishers and booksellers we want to hear how you’re hacking the process. 

The competition is open to startups at seed funding stage (pre-series round investment) and have been running for no more than two years since beta or public launch. Applicants don’t have to have created proprietary tech, but they do have to demonstrate that they’re using digital tools and/or an understanding of their audience’s digitally-influenced behaviours in powerful, relevant and original ways.

We welcome submissions from around the world, but founders must be available to attend the live final pitch-off on the FutureBook Conference on Monday 25 November, where a panel of judges will award the BookTech Startup of the Year from a shortlist of five finalists.

Judges will be awarding points in four key areas:

  • Creativity of idea
  • Clarity of market opportunity
  • Audience-product fit
  • Viability of the business model

You can find out more about the application process and judging here.

BookTech has a track record in finding and celebrating the most exciting new businesses that have made a unique impact on the book publishing industry. Now in its fifth year, the award is a continuation of the FutureBook Startup of the Year, previously won by Unbound and Wonderbly (then called Lost My Name). Winners to date have been: 

  • 2015 - Reedsy
  • 2016 - Kadaxis
  • 2017 - Unrd
  • 2018 - The Pound Project

Join us in celebrating those who are hacking publishing in 2019. 

To be in with a chance, apply here by 4th October and please spread the word to encourage others to apply.