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TechCo scours the planet searching for the world’s most innovative early stage companies. After multiple rounds of competition, including events at CES and SXSW, 100 semifinalists will get the chance to compete in our Startup of the Year Competition at the Innovate Celebrate Conference (final location TBD) in Fall 2018.

How the Competition Works:

  1. Submit an application by April 30, 2018.
  2. Startup of the Year Application is the same application for our events at SXSW and CES. If your startup is selected for these events and you win. You will automatically be one of our 100 semifinalist for Startup of the Year. Deadline to submit an application for SXSW is 2/12. 
  3. TechCo’s internal staff and guest judges will review and score startups.
  4. Online audiences will vote for their favorite startups.
  5. Based on all of the scoring and feedback, one hundred semifinalists will be invited to join us for Innovate Celebrate to compete in person. Notifications will go out in July 2018.
  6. At the live event, judges will select five (5) startups to pitch to the final panel of judges for a chance to be named TechCo’s 2018 Startup of the Year.
  7. You may update your application anytime before the application deadline on April 30, 2018. 
Deadline for applications:
about 5 weeks

Monday, April 30, 2018 11:55 AM PDT