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Funding Panel With Julia Taxin, Sherman Williams, Heather Buffo, and Saxon Baum - Startup of the Year Podcast

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In this episode you’re going to hear a Funding Panel discussion that took place as part of our 9th Annual Startup of the Year Summit. The panel consisted of Julia Taxin from Grotech, Sherman Williams from AIN Ventures and Scout Ventures, and Heather Buffo from Republic along with Saxon Baum from Florida Funders.

We live streamed our Summit, so if you were not able to attend in-person, make sure to watch it on our Youtube channel at:

We are also excited to announce that we are teaming up with the founder of TaxTaker, Ari Salafia, for a special online event where Ari will discuss how you can Unlock Free Money for Your Startup. She will uncover some often overlooked accounting tricks that will help you unlock thousands (even hundreds of thousands) for your startup. The TaxTaker team will also be giving away $1,000 to one lucky attendee. Details will be announced during the event so you don’t want to miss it! Join us on April 7th at 12:00 PM CT for this exclusive Startup of the Year event. You can register today 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. 

Established is a consultancy focused on helping organizations with innovation, startup, and communication strategies. It is the power behind Startup of the Year.  Created by the talent responsible for building the Tech.Co brand (acquired by an international publishing company), we are leveraging decades of experience to help our collaborators best further (or create) their brand & accomplish their most important goals.  Connect with us on Twitter - @EstablishedUs and Facebook -