OK, you've been coy for the last few months. You knew that the Startup of the Year competition deadline was off in the distance and there was no rush to get it in early. But whether you're waiting to the last minute or have devised a plan to put your application in at the perfect time, the wait is over; it's time to apply for Tech.Co's Startup of the Year competition now.
Seriously, time is running out. You officially have less than a week to get your applications in for your chance at joining 100 semi-finalists in San Francisco for our annual Innovate! and Celebrate conference. So get on it! What are you waiting for?!
Reap the Benefits
Some startup competitions don't care about their participants. But with the Startup of the Year competition, you know you are in good hands with benefits that extend far beyond the winner's podium. Take a look at some of the benefits of this competition below:
Network with Top Investors
This is your chance to network and develop relationships withcommunity of investors, mentors, and industry leaders. You’ll have a chance to meet people who can propel your business forward, like Jeff Clavier, Lisa Lambert, Gary Benitt, Tristan Pollock, Ari Newman, Cheryl Foil, and may more.
A wide range of accelerators and partners will also be present at the conference. These connections will provide your startup with more than just capital; they offer the guidance and experience you need to make an impact on your industry.
Gain Insights and Get Noticed
By joiningalumni of startups, you’ll be able to develop life long connections and meet people who can help drive the success of your business. You’ll also be able to help your startup get noticed by even more top investors and accelerators in the industry by applying to and attending one of our events at CES and SXSW.
It’s not a competition without amazing prizes!has a dense network of sponsors who offer their products and services to ensure the highest successes of our startups. From American Airlines business travel points and IBM business services credits to valuable startup resources and media coverage, you’ll be set up for success. Plus, you’ll also be able to get some awesome gear, along with community recognition that will propel your startup towards success.
Who Are You?
is all about supporting newer companies and innovative ideas coming from young startups and burgeoning entrepreneurs. Before you apply, please make sure your company falls in line with our application requirements.
- Startups must be under 4 years old
- Startups must have no more than $4 million USD
- Startups must have a live and viable product
- Startups must be INNOVATIVE!
Note: Make sure to describe and exhibit why your company is disruptive and exciting in your application. We are looking to learn why your company is the right company to solve the issue you are addressing.
Put It On Your Calendar
will be accepting applications until May 31, 2017. It is very important all applications are complete during this time period. There will be no deadline extensions.
will invite vetted industry leaders to participate in initial judging of applicants, then live online polling, followed by the team announcing the top 100 startup candidates for the competition.
will announce the Top 100 Semifinalist Startups who will invited to Innovate! and Celebrate in mid-July.
If you think you have what it takes to be the Startup of the Year, you need to apply today. Remember, the 100 startups that are chosen will be invited to join us in Silicon Valley, CA for Innovate! and Celebrate 2017, and will be on their way to startup success in no time!