• Judges, Mentors, Investor Leaders

    Startup of the Year® has partnered up with amazing investors, serial entrepreneurs, mentors, and industry leaders over the years in order to provide our global community the best experience possible. Meet some of our experts below!

    Founder and Managing Partner, Backstage Capital; CEO and Co-Founder, Backstage Studio

    Jean Case

    Chairman, National Geographic and CEO, Case Impact Network

    Co Founder and CEO, The Grommet

    Lo Toney

    Partner, GV

    Kerry Rupp

    General Partner, True Wealth Ventures

    Lesa Mitchell

    Managing Director, Techstars

    Nabil A. Borhanu

    President and Managing Partner, Graphene Ventures

    Cheryl Foil

    CTO, New Venture

    Burunda Prince

    Innovation Leader, BB6

    Justin Fishkin

    CFO and Chief Strategy Officer, ByFusion

    Investor, Revolution's Rise of the Rest Seed Fund

    Gabriella Draney Zielke

    Cofounder and CEO, Tech Wildcatters

    Eric Hsia

    Venture Partner and Advisor, Translink Capital

    Lisa Lambert

    Managing Partner, Westly Group

    Joe Merrill

    General Partner, SputnikATX

    Jeff Clavier

    Founder & Managing Partner, SoftTech VC

    Kelli Martin

    Program Manager, Small Business Grant Contest, FedEx

    Sarah Kunst

    Managing Director, Cleo Capital

    Jesse Draper

    Founding Partner, Halogen Ventures

    Tristan Pollock

    EIR and Venture Partner, 500 Startups

    Sarah Moret

    Associate, CrossCut Ventures

    Chris Schultz

    CEO, Launch Pad

    Cheryl Campos

    Director of Growth & Partnerships, Republic

    Managing Partner, Wolox

    Mark Rowland

    CEO and Co-Founder, ROCeteer

    Cayla Chambers

    Partner, InvestHER Ventures

    Grant Allen

    Managing Director, AAB Technology Ventures

    Partner, OpenView

    Brian Gorbett

    Global Head of Developer Advocacy, Intuit

    Bambi Francisco

    Founder and CEO, Vator

    Jason Putorti

    Executive Director, Resistbot

    Natasa Djukanovic

    CMO, Domain.ME

    Jeff O’Hara

    Founder, Edmodo

    Annie Pace Scranton

    Founder, Pace Public Relations

    Will Young

    General Partner, VTF Capital

    Gary Shapiro

    President and CEO, Consumer Technology Association

    Ximena Hartsock

    Founder, Chief Operating Officer, and President, Phone2Action

    Gary Benitt

    General Partner, Social Leverage

    Indra Sandal, PhD

    Director of Innovation, Department of Veterans Affairs

    Jeremy Tanner

    Community Development, SendGrid

    CFO, Analytical Space

    Amy Jo Kim, Ph.D.

    Co-Founder, Shufflebrain

    Anastasia Tarpeh-Ellis

    Managing Director, Backstage Los Angeles, Backstage Capital

    Eric Bahn

    Co-Founder and General Partner, Hustlefund

    Haley Fradkin

    Senior Investment Associate, Plum Alley Investments

    Pramod Dabir

    CEO and Co-founder, West Agile Labs

    Frank J. Parrotto

    Chief Operating Officer, Matrix Advisors, LLC

    Mara Lewis

    CoFounder, ID8 Innovation

    Phil Nadel

    Managing Director, Forefront Venture Partners

    Adam Griffin

    Director, Galvanize

    Justin Kulla

    CEO and Founder, Business Blocks

    Jon Spinney

    Cofounder and CEO, Malartu Funds

    Monique Villa

    Investor, Mucker Capital

    Tyler Suiters

    Vice President Communication, Consumer Technology Association

    Sean Ammirati

    Partner, Birchmere Ventures

    George Moncrief

    Tech Scout, AFWERX

    Kristina Montague

    Managing Partner, The JumpFund

    George Stepancich

    Founder, CEO and Chairman, Invisionate, LLC

    Cutler Knupp

    Director of Strategy and Technology Investment, Haskell

    Susan Cooney

    Head of Marketing and Partnerships, Change Catalyst

    Philip D. Bennett

    Author and Entrepreneur

    Robert Heiblim

    Principal, BlueSalve Consulting

    Kirby Harris

    Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Base Ventures

    Wayne Chen

    Chief Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton

    Rafiq Ahmed

    Managing Director, Dipalo Ventures

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