Excitement is brewing! The culmination of the 6th Annual Startup of the Year at Innovate Celebrate is a few days away. This means startups from around the world will come together to pitch and showcase their outstanding products in front of investors, industry leaders, brand executives, and the general public.
Why are early-stage founders eager to battle it out for the Startup of the Year award? Of course, Innovate Celebrate offers numerous opportunities for entrepreneurs to connect to corporate brand leaders via mentor sessions, pitch coaching, interactive talks at pop-up stages, and more. But, let’s face it...everyone loves a solid, beneficial package of prizes!
Startup of the Year Investment Community
Over the past two years, the amazing Startup of the Year Investment Community has supported our winners with investments and a few additional companies from our Finalist groups. We look forward to evaluating our 2018 Startup of the Year and finalists for possible investment.
Embarc Collective Tampa Bay
Embarc Collective Tampa Bay is a startup collective - curators of experiences, resources, and environment that help forward-thinking founders and their teams thrive in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Startup of the Year winner will receive the trip of a lifetime to Tampa Bay that includes flight, hotel, a Founder dinner, and a meeting with Jeff Vinik’s investment team for possible investment.
American Airlines is providing Business Extra Points for the Startup of the Year winner. The Top 5 Finalists will also receive Business Extra Points. The Business Extra Program allows travelers to earn AAdvantage miles while collectively earning Business Extra Points, which is great for emerging companies who are conscious of travel costs.
IBM combines talent and technology to empower people to change their businesses and the world. We are thrilled to share that this year’s winner will receive up to $10K of credits per month for cloud, Watson, blockchain, security, and analytics products. There might even be a little something amazing for each of the Semifinalists!
Alice is a free digital platform that makes smart, personalized connections between business owners and the resources they need to start and scale successful businesses. Alice is open to all founders and prioritizes access for women and other underrepresented business owners. This year’s winning startup will receive a virtual mentor session with Alice’s Founder and CEO, Carolyn Rodz. Our winner will also receive one ticket to Alice’s annual Circular Summit.
Belkin Business inspires companies to work smarter, not harder via high-quality tech products. Each of the Top 5 Finalists will receive an awesome backpack with Belkin Business goodies inside.
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