Wall Street Journal Announces 24 Startups Participating in ‘WSJ Startup of the Year’ NEW YORK, June 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Wall Street Journal announced today the 24 startups chosen by Wall Street Journal editors to participate in ‘WSJ Startup of the Year,’ an episodic video documentary for WSJ Live, the Journal’s online video platform. Premiering June 24, the series matches the 24 startups with global business leaders and influencers, and tracks their progress from startup to success over the course of five months. In conjunction with announcing the 24 startups, the Journal has also unveiled the documentary’s sizzle reel and will host a panel discussion on entrepreneurship at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn tomorrow, June 13.

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Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group, Steve Case, Chairman of the Case Foundation, Chairman of Startup America and co-founder and former CEO of AOL, and Tory Burch, CEO and Designer of Tory Burch LLC, are among the global business leaders participating in WSJ Startup of the Year.

Ranging from the fields of health care and philanthropy to energy and education, the 24 companies were chosen from more than 500 applications. Each startup is based in the U.S., has a prototype or proof of concept in place, and less than $10 million in annual revenue.

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      hospital-acquired infections by providing hospital staff with a portable, 
      trackable hand sanitation device that dispenses alcohol gel with the 
      swipe of a hand while transmitting usage data wirelessly to a web-based 

Dovetailing with the launch and as part of the Northside Festival, a multi-day event focused on technology, music and film, the Journal is hosting a panel focused on entrepreneurship tomorrow, June 13, in the Wythe Hotel’s private screening room in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Moderated by Vanessa O’Connell (@VanessaOConnell), the Journal’s entrepreneurship editor and creator of The Accelerators blog, the panel features three Startup of the Year mentors: Jeff Pulver, co-founder of Vonage, David Tisch, managing partner at Box Group and co-founder of TechStars NYC, and Nancy Lublin, CEO of Do Something Inc.

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is the exclusive sponsor of the five-month project. Launched in 2012, NYSE’s Big Startup initiative is a nationwide jobs-growth program designed to connect young companies and entrepreneurs with corporate America.

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