• 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, IBM business services credits, 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 page.

    • 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.
  • 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! 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 on stage. Then, the 6th Annual Startup of the Year Winner will be announced!