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Casting call: Game-changing entrepreneurs wanted!

Are you the culture's next great entrepreneur? Want to get your disruptive ideas the spotlight they deserve? Complex is looking for business-minded creators, designers, artists, and inventors to pitch their dreams at "Office Hours", live at ComplexCon 2018. A live interaction focusing on the hustle and inspiration it takes to create companies that turn the world on its head.

What's the Program?

Complex is going to produce a live "Office Hours" (the "Program") at this year's ComplexCon being held in Long Beach, California on November 3 and 4, 2018. In each session of the Program, pre-selected entrepreneurs will present their creative vision and business plan to our host, who will provide that entrepreneur with the advice they need to take their dream to the next level.


Who can apply?

You must be at least 16 years old and a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. Any applicant under the age of majority in applicant's state of residence must have parental consent. You must timely respond to all communications sent by Complex.

Each Program will take place in a 30-minute session on either November 3 or November 4, 2018, as determined by Complex, at ComplexCon in Long Beach, California. You will need to arrive no less than 15 minutes in advance of the Program start time. We will notify you on or about November 1 or 2, 2018 of the date and appointment time you need to appear onsite for the Program, and you will need to commit to appear on such date and time. You must be a ComplexCon ticket holder in order to qualify. You will not receive reimbursement for your time spent or for any costs or expenses associated with your Program participation, including the cost of the ticket to attend ComplexCon, or for travel to and accommodations in California if you are selected to appear on the Program. No financial aid will be offered to Program participants.

How to apply

You may apply for a chance to participate in the Program by uploading your portfolio ("Portfolio") to the following website and following further instructions there. Uploaded materials will not be returned or stored; please retain your own copies. All applications must be received by 10:00 AM PST on November 2, 2018.

Portfolio requirements

Portfolio Subject Matter: Your Portfolio must include (a) a 3-5 minute video submission introducing yourself, presenting the overview of your business, concept, or idea, and why you should be selected to appear on the Program; and (b) a written submission detailing your business, concept or idea that you would like to present to the Panel. The written portion of your Portfolio should include a summary that answers the following questions:

  • Who you are?
  • What is your pitch?
  • Do you have proof of concept?
  • Who is your audience/consumer?
  • What is the inspiration/message behind your idea/design/concept?
  • What problem(s) are you facing to get your idea off the ground or to the next level?
  • Why do you want to participate?

All Portfolios must meet the following Portfolio requirements set forth below ("Portfolio Requirements"), and by submitting a Portfolio, you represent and warrant that your Portfolio complies with the Portfolio Requirements. Any Portfolio not satisfying the Portfolio Requirements will be deemed ineligible Portfolio. Portfolios must:

Be on-topic.

Don't include commercial materials such as ads or solicitations for funds.

Be safe.

Don't send in materials showing anyone engaging in physically risky conduct or trying to injure another person. We want to see your creativity, not your fighting skills.

Be legal.

Don't send in materials showing anyone engaging in illegal or inappropriate conduct, or encouraging people to violate the law.

Be your original materials, created by you.

Do not submit for a friend without their permission! Mechanically reproduced, software-generated, or automated entries are not eligible. For clarity, the materials submitted by you are solely owned by you and no third party (person, firm or corporation) has any right, title or interest in or to the materials submitted by you.

Be respectful of other people's privacy and intellectual property rights.

Do not include music, photos, or any other materials that you do not have permission to include in your materials.

Be suitable for public viewing.

Do not send us anything that is obscene, offensive, discriminatory, abusive, or that contains inappropriate materials (as deemed by Complex in Complex's sole discretion).

Portfolios will not be treated as confidential and may be publicized by the Program, by Complex, and/or by any third party authorized by Complex. Do not send us anything that you do not wish to be made public.

Portfolios will not be returned or guaranteed to be stored. Please retain copies and bring copies with you on the date and time of your appointment should you be selected.

Portfolio Technical Specifications: The written portion of your Portfolio should be uploaded in a PDF Format and must not exceed three (3) pages and/or a maximum file size of 2MB. To submit the video portion of your Portfolio you should upload your video submission to YouTube and provide a YouTube link to your video submission. Please ensure that your video submission is uploaded as an unlisted video under YouTube's video privacy settings.

Full rules can be found here.

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