We introduce female founders and founders of color to their first investors.

The Startup Runway Foundation (501c3) plugs investors into top startups led by underrepresented founders. We have regular Showcase introduction events and an active Angel network.

At Startup Runway, we turn the funding gap faced by underrepresented founders into an onramp. Our Finalists have had rounds led by firms from Canaan Partners to Microsoft, Techstars, Valor, Floodgate and more.

Vision: more first checks for founders of color and women

These are some of the many investors who have joined us as mentors and judges. How about you? Join the only Angel Network in the country focused on inclusion.

Mentors make the funding gap a runway

Mentors co-pilot our competitive selected startup founders, guiding them to proven resources to support their early scale, like angel capital, legal, biz dev, co-founders, and tech talent. Our Finalists continually say the mentorship experience is the highest value segment of our program.

Sponsoring soaring innovation

Leading companies back inclusion by sponsoring Startup Runway. Sponsors are true partners, providing expertise and connections alongside capital to elevate underrepresented founders. Showcase your inclusion and innovation commitment. Join us.

Get Connected! Startup Runway Calendar

Startup Runway is leading the way as the largest platform introducing underrepresented founders to their first check writers. Get involved with Startup Runway by mentoring a Startup during the Showcase, partnering as a corporate sponsor for an upcoming showcase, or by applying as a founder.

Get Connected! Startup Runway Calendar

August 11th 

Summer Showcase

September 15th 

HerStory: Women Founder Luncheon

October 13th 

Fall Showcase/Networking Social

Listen to Finalists in their own words

The Atlanta Startup Podcast curates an inspiring playlist of Startup Runway Finalists.

6X More Successful Startups

Startup Runway Finalists are 6X more likely to raise a seed round than underrepresented founders who have not gone through our free, fundraising-focused nonprofit program. In the last 3 years, our Finalist have raised over $20 million. Join us for our inspiring next Showcase over underrepresented overachievers.