We are launching the World TaSCforce (TaSC=Technology and Science Commercialization). It is the “UN” of technology commercialization getting governments collaborating, sharing technology and building new companies together. This is real and we've already launched in Tokyo last week (See press release from partnering government agency http://www.incj.co.jp/PDF/e_20100723-1.pdf )
Government officials and leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, kings and queens, academics and venture capitalists around the world.
A web site is being developed and the winner of the contest if he/she wants, may receive a credit line for the logo on the site. Since it is an international site it could drive business on an ongoing basis.
The logo we are looking for should look and feel like a nice government seal (circular) or shield/crest. Though we welcome colors, it should look good in black and white. It should convey three things:
1. Cross-border/international collaboration
2. Growth of seeds to plants (perhaps from a test tube or beaker, but it is not necessary). We often say that we want to change venture capital from being an industry of farmers who only plant seeds in the fertile ground of the Silicon Valley to being more like agronomists or mad scientists that genetically alter seeds to grow well in any "soil" from any region. This is a point we mention in our speeches and might make for a good basis for logo. But any representation of growth is fine.
3. Technology. A general representation of technology.
All 3 criteria must be present in the submission to be seriously considered.
Images you may play with are: Map/globe, leaflets growing from roots that are interconnected, seed growing into a plant or anything fitting the above description. Feel free to use your imagination. (Ex. The Cocoon Ventures logo is a shield with the 4 stages of metamorphosis of a larva to butterfly -- something similar might be interesting to us with plants/seed going from: seed to plant in a beaker to plant in the ground to a tree with roots connecting to other plants across a globe). But use your imagination. We don't have the answer per se. Takes risks and blow us away.
We attached sample logos we like: Cocoon Ventures, Obama’s, UN, Ubuntu, DoD seal, NSA seal
Format: .AI + SVG + EPS
Logo can include words (like our name) but you should also upload a version without the words since it is an international symbol.