• 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.


    By scrolling below, you can 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!

    Stay tuned for photos and videos from the Established® House (San Jac Saloon/Jack’s Upstairs) where authentic SXSW magic took place. 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
    • 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

    Startup of the Year Podcast - Halcyon Fund & StartFast Ventures

    Investor Discussion: Halcyon & StartFast Ventures

    Ep. #115 (9/19/23) | On this episode, Jen Consalvo, Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Established, hosts an Investor Discussion with Halcyon Fund's Dahna Goldstein, Chief Investment Officer and Co- Managing Director, and Phoebe Van Duinen, Principal and Investment Manager. Also part of the conversation is Olivia Goldstein, Vice President, StartFast Ventures.

    Startup of the Year Podcast - Dr. Richard Munassi

    Dr. Richard Munassi Discusses the Tampa Bay Wave Accelerator Program

    Ep. #0114 (8/10/23) | On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, Frank Gruber, Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Established, interviews Dr. Richard Munassi, Director, Tampa Bay Wave Accelerator during SXSW 2023. Dr. Munassi highlights his four-year journey in creating the nonprofit incubator and its top-notch community.

  • 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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