Looking to Expand Your Startup?
You're in the right place! Learn what you'll gain from being involved with Startup of the Year.
Meet Top Investors
You will have the chance to network and develop relationships with our amazing community of investors, corporate innovators, mentors, and industry leaders. Connect with those who can propel your business forward!
Join our alumni of startups, develop life long connections, and meet people who can help drive the success of your business.
The leading startups at Innovate Celebrate will be eligible for many funding opportunities as they may arise.
Startup of the Year has a dense network of sponsors who offer their products and services.
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
Startup of the Year internal team will review applications to ensure all applicants fall within the criteria. Our network of external judges will review and assess the applicant pool, narrowing to the Top 100 startups.
July - August, 2018
We will extend invitations to the Top 100 Startups to move forward to Innovate Celebrate 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!