Farewell to ProtoHack

May marks the 3 year anniversary of ProtoHack and the start of a new chapter in my life. When we first launched, ProtoHack existed as a way to show non-technical entrepreneurs that their ideas mattered and that it wasn’t only techies who were capable of starting the next coolest tech. Today, we have expanded on that mission, reaching more attendees and having a presence in more cities than my wildest dreams.

Since that first event in May of 2014 with some world renown speakers and judges I never would have believed we would expand into cities like Dubai, Milan, São Paulo, Chandigarh, Istanbul, as well as 15+ cities here in the U.S. & Canada. We’ve hosted over 60 events with over 2,000 attendees all over the world. We’ve grown as a company, we’ve worked with some fantastic visionaries, and I couldn’t be more thankful to those who have played a crucial role in taking ProtoHack to where it is today.

With all of that being said I am proud to pass the torch to a company called grow|in who is acquiring the ProtoHack brand. Their dedication to our mission makes me feel like the company was the right fit to take ProtoHack to the next level.

This journey has been amazing and without the city directors, our regional directors, the staff at headquarters, our judges, mentors, speakers, and all of our attendees I would not have had the pleasure of running this company and seeing our phenomenal growth in the last few years.

There was never an event that I went to that I didn’t feel tremendous excitement for when the attendees lit up with excitement in taking their idea and what they built at ProtoHack to the next stages. This moment is bittersweet, but with Annee at the helm, ProtoHack will grow to be bigger and better than ever before.

— blake

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