• 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!

    Gain Insights

    Join our 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

    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.

    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!