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2021 Startup of the Year Summit Preview - Startup of the Year Podcast

· SOTY Podcast

On this special episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, our team provides a preview of what will be going on during our 9th Annual Startup of the Year Summit, which will take place in-person down in warm Tampa, Florida, from January 25th - 27th with our local host and partner Embrac Collective and our title sponsor, ReliaQuest, who is also sponsoring the People’s Choice Award. Listeners can find more information about the Summit at:

 We also thank all of our Sponsors for their help with the event, including:

  • Title Sponsor - ReliaQuest
  • Pendo
  • Strategic Property Partners + Water Street Tampa
  • UBS Financial Services
  • The Florida High Tech Corridor and the University of South Florida
  • Chase
  • Cherry Bekaert, LLP
  • Enterprise Florida
  • Drift
  • Florida Funders
  • Hillsborough County EDi2
  • Hill Ward Henderson
  • Holmes & Brakel
  • Hutchison, PLLC
  • Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, Sykes College of Business, University of Tampa
  • Metro Development Group / Metro Places
  • Omni Public
  • Ballard Partners
  • Accenture
  • Visit Tampa Bay

Additionally, we thank our Table Host Sponsors:

  • Catapult Lakeland
  • St. Petersburg EDC
  • Synapse
  • Tampa Bay Tech
  • Tampa Bay Wave
  • TampaBay.Ventures

Lastly, we are grateful for our Prize Sponsors: Carta, CDW, Cherry Bekaert, LLP, Hutchison PLLC, Pilea, Republic, and StickerGiant

Attendees can expect to spend some time with some of the most amazing notable characters in the startup world, including Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, Jeff Vinink of owner of the back to back Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning, Mac Conwell of RareBreed VC, Blake Hall,, Jenn Lim, Delivering Happiness, Erica Duignan Minnihan from Reign Ventures, Jesse Middleton from The Community Fund / Flybridge, Paul Sohl from the Florida High Tech Corridor, Anna Mason of Rise of the Rest Fund, and many more.

During the Summit, 100 startups that are changing their industries will be pitching to a group of investors and mentors, and expanding their global recognition. The startups will compete for up to $50K in potential investment, the championship title, the People’s Choice Award presented by ReliaQuest, and more.

We also want to mention that we will be livestreaming the event, so if you cannot attend in-person, make sure to watch it on our Youtube channel at:

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Startup of the Year helps diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. We are a competition, a global community, and a resource. Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year. The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is announced, along with an opportunity at a potential investment.

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