The Startup of the Year 2018 Application Is Open

Since 2006, the Startup of the Year competition has been showcasing early-stage startups in a way that only we can. Our excitement and zeal for these budding entrepreneurs is unparalleled across the industry, as is evident from the success the companies involved have experienced. And, fortunately for you and your new venture, applications are open for Startup of the Year 2018.

Your company has a chance to be one of the top 100 startups selected to join us at Innovate Celebrate 2018 in San Francisco, CA for a 3-day experience that is invaluable to a growing business. You’ll pitch to notable investors, network with other impressive entrepreneurs, and have a chance to showcase your great idea for the world to see.

The Mission

When it comes to the Startup of the Year competition, our mission is to discover and support the most promising and innovative startups in the world. By providing prizes, business resources, and networking opportunities, we’ve made a huge impact on the future of startups far and wide.

In doing so, we have had the pleasure of meeting and helping to amplify the stories of some great companies like GrubHub, Groupon, LivingSocial, AddThis, Desk, and Uber.

The Inclusivity

TechCo is dedicated to bringing people from around the world and of all walks of life together through the Startup of the Year competition. Our founders are as diverse as they are innovative, leading to a lively event that will no doubt benefit your company. In fact, last year the competition represented 43 US states and 46 countries!

The Prizes

We have a dense network of sponsors who offer their products and services to ensure the highest successes of our startups. American Airlines business travel points, various startup resources, media coverage, connections with nationally recognized accelerators, awesome gear, and community recognition are among potential prizes.

The Requirements

The Startup of the Year competition is specifically designed to showcase early-stage startups. For that reason, we have a few requirements for startups interested in applying. Please make sure your company meets these requirements prior to filling out your application:

  • Startups must be fewer than 4 years old at time of application
  • Startups must have no more than $4MM USD funding at time of application
  • Startups must have a live and viable product

Additionally, Startups must be INNOVATIVE! 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.

The Details

To apply for your chance to be a semifinalist in the Startup of the Year competition, make sure to fill out an application here. Applications will be accepted until April 30th, 2018.


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Conor is the Lead Writer for For the last six years, he’s covered everything from tech news and product reviews to digital marketing trends and business tech innovations. He's written guest posts for the likes of Forbes, Chase, WeWork, and many others, covering tech trends, business resources, and everything in between. He's also participated in events for SXSW, Tech in Motion, and General Assembly, to name a few. He also cannot pronounce the word "colloquially" correctly. You can email Conor at
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