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Startup of the Year Podcast

Oct 12, 2020

On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, we included a recap of our Startup of the Year online pitch event that we hosted, where we featured Black Founders.
We had an amazing group of companies presenting their pitches. The startups included: CPRWrap, Freeman Capital, SoLo Funds, Thermaband, and Youth Enrichments 
Additionally, the event was presided over by an incredible group of judges that included Shila Nieves Burney the Founding and Managing Partner at Zane Venture Fund; Edward Jean-Louis a Partner at Tale Venture Partners; Aubrie Pagano a General Partner at Corigin Ventures; and Christie Pitts a General Partner at Backstage Capital.
Congratulations to Freeman Capital for winning the Pitch Competition! They are now one of the Top 100 Semifinalists at the 8th Annual Startup of the Year Summit.  Youth Enrichments also had the honor of taking home the People's Choice Award. 
During the episode, we also hear commentary from some of our Established Team members. Rich Maloy from Established Ventures pitches in with the “VC Minute” to provides some advice for planning the amount of capital that a company should set out to raise. We also hear from our VP of Programs, Lori Thiel, with her favorite part about the upcoming Startup of the Year Summit being virtual this year. 
Please join us for our upcoming 8th Annual Startup of the Year Summit which will be held online on November 16-18. The Summit is a curated experience for emerging founders, seasoned entrepreneurs, corporate innovation leads, accelerators, and investors to build relationships that fuel success. Summit is also the culmination of the 2020 Startup of the Year competition, and attendees can expect some of the following:
  • The winner can take home up to $20K in potential investment from Established Ventures.
  • There will also be curated connections for the Top 100 with investors and corporate leads.
  • We also plan to have keynote speakers, such as Tim Draper, Mary Grove, and more.
  • And attendees will have the opportunity to network with expert judges and mentors, such as, Phil Nadel, Lesa Mitchell, Erica Minnihan, and more.
  • All programming across the three days will be complimentary for registered attendees.
  • We're building a flexible schedule so that you can best fit programming into your day while not having to miss out on anything - meaning both our featured speakers and helping with homework.
  • Attendees can also participate during 'Ask Me Anything' Sessions with industry experts.
  • Fireside chats from Mike Evans, the co-founder of GrubHub; Rohit Bhargava, the Founder and Chief Trend Curator at the Non-Obvious Company; Meredith Fineman, the Founder of FinePoint and Author Brag Better; and many more.
  • You can lean more about the Summit and register for the event at
This year’s Summit will also highlight the special .US Veteran Startup of the Year category and there will be a $10K non-dilutive cash prize given to a startup founded by a US Veteran - spouse or dependent. Please get your free .US domain today by going to the following link:
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Startup of the Year helps diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. We are a competition, a global community, and a resource.  
Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year. 
The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is announced, along with an opportunity at a potential investment.
Established is a consultancy focused on helping organizations with innovation, startup, and communication strategies. It is the power behind Startup of the Year.  Created by the talent responsible for building the Tech.Co brand (acquired by an international publishing company), we are leveraging decades of experience to help our collaborators best further (or create) their brand & accomplish their most important goals.  Connect with us on Twitter - @EstablishedUs and Facebook -