• Tech.Co has been bringing together and showcasing early stage startups since 2006. In doing so, we have had the pleasure of meeting and helping to amplify the stories of some great companies like GrubHub, Groupon, LivingSocial, AddThis, Desk, and even Uber. Our mission is to discover and support the most promising and innovative startups in the world.

    Tech.Co’s Startup of the Year


    >> Helps founders gain access to top tech investors, mentors, influencers and TechCo Ventures as well as media exposure to our millions of readers.

    >> Attracts some of the top emerging startups from around the world.

    >>One of the most diverse and inclusive global startup competitions.


    “(Tech.Co is one of the...) The Best Organizations For Entrepreneurs”




    “(Tech.Co is)…uncovering the hottest startups”

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  • This Competition is Different

    Tech.Co believes innovation can happen anywhere. Our program seeks diverse startups from all over the world, especially from areas that are newly emerging in the tech scene.

    TechCo Ventures actively invests in startups who participate in the Startup of the Year competition at Innovate! and Celebrate.

    Our 2016 competition had almost 50% of our startups had women or minority founders.

    We are geographically diverse. 45+ U.S states represented and 10 countries have been represented at our live events.

  • Innovate! and Celebrate

    This special event is held in Silicon Valley in the Fall of each year. The conference provides opportunities for startups to network with established brand leaders, investors and mentors in the tech industry and entrepreneurial ecosystem.


    The Top 100 Startups pitch and demo their companies in front of our esteemed judges, who help narrow the semifinalists to our Top 5 Startup Finalists. The Top 5 participate in one final pitch to top investors, all hoping to take home the title of Tech.Co's Startup of the Year.

  • Past Startup of the Year Winners

    2016 Tech.Co Startup of the Year

    McKinney, TX


    Connects salon and barbershop owners to individual beauty operators to fill unused salon suites and stations on a temporary basis, allowing salon and barbershop owners make money on their excess inventory.


    2015 Tech.Co Startup of the Year

    San Francisco, CA


    A blind recruiting app that facilitates job matching based on merit, not molds.


    2014 Tech Cocktail Startup of the Year

    Hampton, VA


    Eliminating the cost and logistics associated with changing batteries in remotely located sensors.


    2013 Tech Cocktail Startup of the Year

    Boston, MA


    The first ever operating system for employee benefits. Maxwell simplifies benefits, reduces costs, and improves employee health. Maxwell Health has gone on to raise over 69 million dollars in funding.


  • Thank you to our Startup of the Year sponsors!

    A value we offer our participating startups is exciting introductions to top investors, accelerator programs, and business partners. Each year Tech.Co makes new partnerships with awesome entrepreneurial resources.