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We’re just a couple weeks out from Christmas as I write this, and as usual there’s some surprising late-season entries hitting stores that could be holiday hits. I’m talking about toys and games, of course – and they’re not so much “late” as they are early previews of new things yet to come. From Mattel comes news that they’ve partnered with Daymond John, Co-Star and Investor on ABC’s Shark Tank, to launch a new game: Silicon Valley Startups. With hilarity in mind, this new card game pits “Entrepreneurs” against each other to pitch hysterical startup ideas to “Investors.” With all pitch ideas decided through random card draws, players must use their best improvisation skills to win the game.  The game is available now at Target (affiliate) with a national retail rollout planned for 2019.

“Silicon Valley stereotypes have fully infiltrated pop culture – from movies to TV shows – you can’t escape the startup culture and now it’s time to bring it to the game aisle,” said Ray Adler, Senior Director, Global Games at Mattel. “Silicon Valley Startups combines the creativity needed to pitch a startup with unexpected hilarity in a group setting – and because everyone thinks they have the next big idea, this game is for everyone.”


To celebrate the game play, Silicon Valley Startups is partnering with co-star and investor on ABC’s Shark Tank, Daymond John, to launch the Silicon Valley Startups Contest*. The contest invites any potential entrepreneur to pitch their best of the worst ideas for a shot at a $50,001 prize – one dollar more than the leading industry prize for disruptive startups. To enter, visit the Silicon Valley Startups Contest between now and December 20, 2018 for a chance to win.

“I’ve heard my share of ridiculous business pitches over the years, and it will be fun to go against everything I know to help find the winner of the Silicon Valley Startups Contest,” said John. “If the entries reflect the creativity seen by playing this game, I can’t wait to see what America comes up with!”

Get the game. Enter the contest. Have fun!

Silicon Valley Startups Game from Mattel

*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Silicon Valley Startups™ Contest is sponsored by Mattel, Inc. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 years of age or older. Begins 7:00 a.m. ET on 12/10/18 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on 12/20/18. For Official Rules, visit SiliconValleyStartupsContest.com.