• Welcome to Our Startup Community

    Home of the Startup of the Year® program, we are a community for startups to connect with mentors, investors, support organizations, and each other. For over ten years, this community has worked with diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs to help push their companies to the next level.


    Powered by Established®, we are a global community and network, exciting competition and awards program, as well as a resource designed just for you. We're so glad you're here.


    Find out what our Startup of the Year Community is all about and ways to become involved by scrolling below.

  • What Can You Do Here?


    Join our Startup Community

    Grow your business by:

    • Competing in our annual awards program
    • Starring in a dedicated Startup Spotlight
    • Participating in Mentor/Investor Office Hours
    • Connecting via our Slack Community
    • Attending tailored events
    • Gaining access to opportunities from our Global Partners
    • Elevating your brand 


    Join our Investment Community
    Expand your portfolio by:

    • Becoming a Mentor and hosting Office Hours 
    • Serving as a Judge for one or more of our events
    • Increasing your Deal Flow
    • Gaining insight into the best startups on the rise
    • Utilizing event-driven strategies as to expand your portfolio
    • Gaining private access to pre-vetted companies with curated 1:1s at our annual Summit


    Join our Partner Network 

    Build your innovation community by:

    • Creating value as part of an expanding and collaborative entrepreneurial ecosystem
    • Building brand awareness of your startups via our global investor and partner portfolio
    • Introducing your mission and capabilities to new, rising startups
    • Sharing expertise and data to drive results
    • Implementing beneficial co-marketing activities
  • Recent Startup of the Year Podcasts

    Thank you for your support! We've posted over 100 episodes!

    Startup of the Year Podcast - Jen Batchelor of Kin Euphorics

    Jen Batchelor Is Changing the World With Kin Euphorics

    Ep. #0105 (2/16/23) | On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear from Jen Batchelor, the Co-Founder & CEO at Kin Euphorics. For those unfamiliar, Kin is a new category of adult beverage! It is a collection of non-alcoholic, nootropic, botanic, and adaptogenic formulas that offer uplifting effects and social benefits.

    Startup of the Year Podcast - Deepen Parikh

    Deepen Parikh of Courtside Ventures Talks About Their New $100M Fund

    Ep. #0104 (2/1/23) | On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear from Deepen Parikh, who is one of the founding partners at Courtside Ventures. Courtside Ventures is an early-stage VC fund, investing across sports, collectibles, wellness/fitness, and gaming, and they just announced their new $100M Fund.

    Startup of the Year Podcast - BenjiLock and GoodMaps at CES 2023

    Startup of the Year Alum, Robbie Cabral of BenjiLock, and Evelyn Tichenor of GoodMaps Speak Live at CES 2023

    Ep. #0103 (1/11/23) | On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear from Robbie Cabral, who is the CEO and Founder at BenjiLock, which has redefined the personal security experience through fingerprint hybrid technology with the consumer in mind. BenjiLock is a Startup of the Year alumni and they were also featured on Shark Tank.

  • Our Annual Summit & Other Events

    From Las Vegas and San Francisco to Boston, Memphis, and Tampa - we've hosted thousands of startups, investors, and innovators over the years. With more than a decade of producing and presenting events our purpose behind gatherings is steadfast in - building authentic connections and celebrating one another's successes. Of all of our events - spanning across CES, SXSW, Client conferences and activations, virtual competitions, webinars, investor ask-me-anythings, and much more -- our annual Summit is one of the most special - see it for yourself.

    Watch the Startup of the Year Summit Finals recorded live in Tampa, FL this past January.

    >> View past online events here.

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