• The Startup of the Year program has been bringing together & showcasing early-stage startups since 2006.


    Our mission is to discover and support the most promising and innovative startups in the world. 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.


    Startup of the Year


    >> Helps founders gain access to top tech investors, mentors, influencers, as well as media exposure to our millions of readers

    >> Attracts the the most innovative startups from around the world

    >> Radiates inclusivity


    “The Best Organizations For Entrepreneurs”



    “…uncovering the hottest startups”

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  • Why This Competition Is Different

    We believe innovation is taking place everywhere, all of the time. Startup of the Year seeks emerging, diverse startups that are conquering, solving, and evolving what we experience in our day-to-day lives.

    Our 2017 competition had nearly 50% women or minority founders. And, startups represented 43+ U.S. states & 46 countries!

  • Innovate Celebrate

    What a great Innovate Celebrate 2017! Thank you to all of the amazing startups that applied.


    Innovate Celebrate is a 3-day, global conference, celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship, where the biggest names in tech intersect with the world's most cutting-edge startups. This year it took place from October 9-11 at the InterContinental San Francisco. We co-host the conference with Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™.


    The Top 100 Startups pitched and demoed their companies in front of our esteemed judges, who helped narrow the semifinalists to our Top 5 Startup Finalists. The Top 5 participated in one final pitch to top investors, all hoping to take home the title of TechCo's 5th Annual Startup of the Year.


    2017 Top 5 Finalists

    Allergy Amulet, GoSun Stove, Oska Wellness, Pilotly, & Unbound

    Check out the Top 5 Startup of the Year Finalists Pitching at Innovate Celebrate 2017!


    2017 Startup of the Year Winner

    Oska Wellness Wins the title of 5th Annual Startup of the Year



  • Past Startup of the Year Winners

    2017 Startup of the Year

    Carlsbad, CA


    Oska Wellness is committed to developing health and wellness technology-driven products that assist individuals in living a more active, pain-free lifestyle.


    2016 Startup of the Year

    McKinney, TX


    Connects salon and barbershop owners to individual beauty operators to fill unused salon suites and stations on a temporary basis, allowing salon and barbershop owners make money on their excess inventory.


    2015 Startup of the Year

    San Francisco, CA


    A blind recruiting app that facilitates job matching based on merit, not molds.


    2014 Startup of the Year

    Hampton, VA


    Eliminating the cost and logistics associated with changing batteries in remotely located sensors.


    2013 Startup of the Year

    Boston, MA


    The first ever operating system for employee benefits. Maxwell simplifies benefits, reduces costs, and improves employee health. Maxwell Health has gone on to raise over 69 million dollars in funding.


  • Thank you to our Startup of the Year Partners & Sponsors!

    A value we offer our participating startups is exciting introductions to top investors, accelerator programs, and business partners. Each year we forge new partnerships with awesome entrepreneurial resources.