Established Is Hosting FOUR Startup of the Year Fast-track Online Pitch Competitions

Startup of the Year
May 7 · 3 min read

Startup of the Year (powered by Established) is proud to help diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. During these challenging times, we are continuing to provide value to our startups and community, furthering growth and developing connections.

That is why, throughout the remainder of the year, we will be holding virtual pitch competitions in advance of the 2020 Startup of the Year competition at our 8th Annual Startup of the Year Summit, taking place virtually in the late fall.

Each of the online pitch competitions below provides a fast-track opportunity for the selected startups, with the winner from each event attaining a Top 100 Semifinalist spot at Summit, in addition to special mentor hours, prizes, and consideration for investment by Established Ventures:

  1. Established Celebrates Female Founders | Thursday, May 28
    *Deadline — ended. RSVP here to join us online.
Five female founders from across all verticals will pitch and engage in Q&A from expert judges.

The May event allows us to recognize several female founder applicants and provide them with a way to elevate their pitch, gain exposure through our online community, and engage with industry experts.

Our esteemed panel of judges include: Jesse Draper of Halogen VC; Cheryl Campos from Republic; Eric Bahn of Hustle Fund; Phil Nadel of Forefront Venture Partners.

2. Established Honors U.S. Veteran Founders | Thursday, July 23
Deadline to apply — June 25
*If you’ve already applied, you do not need to apply again.

U.S. Veteran Founders or Spouse/Dependent Founders of U.S. Veterans will compete for a fast-track to Summit.

Earlier this year, Established announced our partnership with .US to honor the valuable efforts of U.S. Veterans and the Spouses/Dependents of U.S. Veterans through the .US Veteran Startup of the Year, a dedicated category within the overall 2020 competition with a $10K non-dilutive cash prize. The July 23 online pitch event will further support this effort. Five eligible startups will compete for a fast-track spot as a Summit Semifinalist.

Are you eligible for our .US Veteran Startup of the Year category? Check here.

3. SOTY Live Pitch Event | Thursday, September 3
Focus: to be announced
Deadline to apply — August 6
We encourage you to go ahead and apply early.
If you’ve already applied, you do not need to apply again.

4. SOTY Live Pitch Event | Thursday, October 1
Focus: to be announced
Deadline to apply — September 4
We encourage you to go ahead and apply early.
If you’ve already applied, you do not need to apply again.

5. 8th Annual Startup of the Year Summit
Details to come. Sign up on the contact form to stay in the loop.
If you don’t fall within any of the above smaller pitch categories, still apply! There will be 100 Semifinalists competing at Summit.


Learn about the Virtual Pitch events, and register here.

Startups, learn more about the fast-track opportunities, eligibility, and apply here. If you’ve already applied, you do not need to apply again.

Interested in joining us as a mentor or judge? Email VP, Programs Lori@est.us

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