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Startup of the Year Podcast

Sep 22, 2020

On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear some startup wisdom from the Founder and CEO of Blendoor, Stephanie Lampkin. Blendoor is inclusive recruiting and people analytics software that mitigates unconscious bias. Candidates are sourced from hundreds of strategic partners and universities and presented to recruiters without the candidate’s name, photo, or dates. Blendoor was also the winner of the Startup of the Year pitch competition in 2015.
We also hear some segments from some of our Established Team members. Our VP of Engagement, Rich Maloy, provides some advice with the “VC Minute” and our Director of Strategic Operations and managing member of Established Ventures, John Guidos, gives his “Pitch Deck Pointers.”  Lastly, our Co-CEO Frank Gruber provides his thoughts about how to stay positive in the current state of the world. 
As mentioned in the episode, 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 Top 100 Startups will compete for the 2020 Startup of the Year championship title.
  • Up to $20K in potential investment from Established Ventures for one of the semifinalists.
  • $10K non-diluted cash prize for a U.S. Veteran-led company from sponsor .US
  • Curated connections for the Top 100 with investors and corporate leads.
  • Keynote speakers, such as Tim Draper, Mary Grove, and more.
  • "Ask Me Anything" sessions with VCs, Corporate Leaders, and Seasoned Entrepreneurs.
  • Opportunity to network with expert judges and mentors, such as Phil Nadel, Lesa Mitchell, Erica Minnihan, and more.
  • You can learn more about the Summit and register for the event at 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.
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