• Looking to Expand Your Startup?

    You're in the right place! Learn what you'll gain from being involved with TechCo's Startup of the Year.

    Meet Top Investors

    You will have the chance to network and develop relationships with TechCo's community of investors, corporate innovators, mentors, and industry leaders.

    Connect with those who can propel your business forward!

    Gain Insights

    Join TechCo's alumni of startups, develop life long connections, and meet people who can help drive the success of your business.

    Get Funding

    The leading startups at Innovate Celebrate will be eligible for many funding opportunities as they may arise.

    Win Prizes

    TechCo has a dense network of sponsors who offer their products and services to ensure the highest successes of our startups. American Airlines business travel points, various startup resources, media coverage, connections with nationally recognized accelerators, awesome gear, and community recognition are among potential prizes.

  • Applicant Requirements

    Before you apply, please make sure your company falls in line with the application requirements detailed below. If you still have questions, please refer to our FAQ section below.

    • Startups must be fewer than 4 years old at time of application
    • Startups must have no more than $4MM USD funding at time of application
    • Startups must have a live and viable product
    • Startups must be INNOVATIVE! - Make sure to describe and exhibit why your company is disruptive and exciting in your application. We are looking to learn why your company is the right company to solve the issue you are addressing.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How will the Startup of the Year Competition work?

    1. Apply before April 30, 2018
    2. Our internal staff will review and select the most promising startups to include in an online or regional competition.
    3. Our staff, selected judges, and readers will vote for the most promising startups. The reader’s poll will kick off during this time.
    4. The top 100 companies from that round will be invited to the semifinals at Innovate Celebrate in San Francisco, CA where they will pitch to a variety of expert investor judges. The judges will score the startups and the top five will pitch a smaller panel of investors judges, and the audience, at Innovate Celebrate. There, a final champion will be selected!


    What are the rules/guidelines for the Startup of the Year Online Competition?

    1. You must complete your application on time – before April 30, 2018!

    2. Bring your A game! We want to see the best startup teams from around the world at our Semifinals at Innovate Celebrate.


    When will I be notified that my company has been accepted into the final competition at Innovate Celebrate?

    The TechCo team will contact all invited startups by mid-July, 2018.


    What is Vator and why do I have a profile?

    We have teamed up with Vator (short for innovator), an awesome professional network for entrepreneurs and investors, as well as a platform for entrepreneurial competitions. This means that your application will be accessible to you on Vator and you will now have a company profile on Vator. Important - Your Vator profile will NOT be included in our process and is yours to manage separately, if you'd like. TechCo will only be using the information provided in the "Startup of the Year" application- to assess your eligibility and overall company.


    How do I update my Startup of the Year application on Vator?

    Visit https://vator.tv/login and login to your Vator profile. You should have received a confirmation email at the time you applied with instructions to set your password. If you cannot find the email, simply login to https://vator.tv/login and reset your password. Once you are logged in, you can find your application under "My Competitions".


    Is my application public?

    All answers are visible only to organizers and evaluators.


    Who should I contact with questions regarding the application?

    Please reach out to Lori Thiel, our Community Relations Manager, at lori@tech.co.


  • Program Process & Timeline

    To ensure your application is submitted successfully, please review the Startup of the Year program process, and take note of important deadlines.

    November 15, 2017 - April 30, 2018

    Startup applications will be accepted. There will be no deadline extensions. Deadline is 11:55 PM (PST) April 30, 2018.

    June 1 - July 15, 2018

    TechCo internal team will review applications to ensure all applicants fall within the criteria. TechCo’s network of external judges will review and assess the applicant pool, narrowing to the Top 100 startups.

    Mid-July 2018

    TechCo will extend invitations to the Top 100 Startups on moving forward to Innovate Celebrate 2018. Live polling begins on TechCo for the Top 100. Make sure to share with your network!

    Fall 2018

    Innovate Celebrate and the Startup of the Year Celebration will take place this fall. Startups, conference attendees, judges, mentors, investors, and tech leaders will congregate for the big event. Judges will narrow down the Top 100 to the Top 5 Finalists who will present live on stage. Then, the 6th Annual Startup of the Year Winner will be announced!