• Welcome to Our Startup Community

    Home of the Startup of the Year® program, we are a community for startups to connect with mentors, investors, support organizations, and each other. This community has worked with diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs for over ten years to help push their companies to the next level.


    Powered by Established®, we are a global community and network, an exciting competition and awards program, and a resource designed just for you. We're so glad you're here.


    Scroll below to find out what our Startup of the Year Community is all about and ways to become involved.

  • Established house at SXSW 2024

    SXSW® was a hit!

    Check out our playlist of videos from the Established® House (San Jac Saloon/Jack’s Upstairs) filled with authentic SXSW magic. Produced by Established, Startup of the Year, and Established Ventures; Sponsored by EcoMap Technologies.

  • What Can You Do Here?


    Join our Startup Community

    Grow your business by:

    • Competing in our annual awards program to be the next Startup of the Year (rolling application)
    • Participating in Mentor/Investor Office Hours
    • Connecting via our Slack Community
    • Attending tailored events
    • Gaining access to opportunities from our Global Partners
    • Elevating your brand



    Join our Investment Community
    Expand your portfolio by:

    • Becoming a Mentor and hosting Office Hours
    • Serving as a Judge for one or more of our events
    • Increasing your Deal Flow
    • Gaining insight into the best startups on the rise
    • Utilizing event-driven strategies as to expand your portfolio
    • Gaining private access to pre-vetted companies with curated 1:1s at our annual Summit


    Join our Partner Network 

    Build your innovation community by:

    • Creating value as part of an expanding and collaborative entrepreneurial ecosystem
    • Building brand awareness of your startups via our global investor and partner portfolio
    • Introducing your mission and capabilities to new, rising startups
    • Sharing expertise and data to drive results
    • Implementing beneficial co-marketing activities
  • Recent Startup of the Year® Podcasts

    Make sure to catch all of the Startup of the Year Podcast episodes!

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    Aron Kansal of SimpleTix and Vikram Bodas from Occom Ventures

    Ep. #124 (7/16/24) | On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, our host, entrepreneur, and investor, Frank Gruber is joined by Aron Kansal of SimpleTix and Vikram Bodas from Occom Ventures. Aron is a Startup of the Year Alumni from our days as Tech Cocktail / Tech.Co. SimpleTix showcased at our winter mixer in Washington, D.C. in February 2012.

    Startup of the Year Podcast - Ann Shoket, CEO, TheLi.st

    CEO of TheLi.st, Ann Shoket, on Networking and Community for Women Entrepreneurs

    Ep. #0123 (6/7/24) | On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber is joined by Ann Shoket, Founder of New Power Media and CEO of TheLi.st, a private community of innovators and entrepreneurs devoted to helping each other network, succeed, and thrive in a competitive environment.

    Startup of the Year Podcast - Indiegogo CEO Becky Center at SXSW Established House

    Indiegogo CEO, Becky Center, on Growth and Development

    Ep. #0122 (5/16/24) | On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, our host, entrepreneur, and investor, Frank Gruber, is joined by Becky Center, CEO of crowdfunding behemoth Indiegogo. In this interview, they discuss the growth and development of Indiegogo, the expansion of crowdfunding, and how to handle partnerships, success, and failure in an ever-changing economy.

    Startup of the Year Podcast - Gary Kusin, GameStop and Laura Mercier

    GameStop CEO, Author, and Entrepreneur, Gary Kusin Discusses His New Book, Always Learning: Lessons on Leveling Up from GameStop to Laura Mercier

    Ep. #121 (4/30/24) | On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, our host, entrepreneur, and investor, Frank Gruber is joined by Gary Kusin, Co-Founder of GameStop and Laura Mercier Cosmetics, former President and CEO of Kinkos, and author of his new book, Always Learning: Lessons on Leveling up from Gamestop to Laura Mercier.

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    Beyond the Buzzwords: How AI Can Be Leveraged to Support Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

    Ep. #120 (4/26/24) | On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber hosts a panel of experts as they discuss the emergence of AI and how it can support entrepreneur ecosystems. This panel took place at the Established House during SXSW 2024.


    Panelists: Sherrod Davis, Co-Founder and CEO, EcoMap Technologies; Nicola Corzine, Founding CEO and Executive Director, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center; Ryan Groves, CEO and Founder, Slyngshot; and Brittany Sickler, Director of Ecosystem Development / Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration

  • Startup of the Year® Summit 2022

    From Las Vegas and San Francisco to Boston, Memphis, and Tampa - we've hosted thousands of startups, investors, and innovators over the years. With more than a decade of producing and presenting events, our purpose behind gat,herings is steadfast in - building authentic connections and celebrating one another's successes. Of all of our events - spanning across CES, SXSW, Client conferences and activations, virtual competitions, webinars, investor ask-me-anythings, and much more -- our annual Summit is one of the most special - see it for yourself.

    Watch the Startup of the Year Summit Finals recorded live in Tampa, FL in January 2022.

    >> View past online events here.

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