News from Top Underrepresented Founders / Startup Runway Finalists
14th Startup Runway Showcase Winners Announced
The 14th Startup Runway Showcase was hosted virtually on May 6th, 2022. After sifting through hundreds of applications 10 finalists presented at the showcase and each startup pitched to a group of investors who together represent $264 million in capital. Checkout who won the three 10k non-dilutive grants to invest in their startup and learn more about our 14th cohort!
Softbank, Steelsky, Graph, Valor and Marathon Join Startup Runway
We’re excited to announce an exceptional and experienced panel of check-writing, seed-stage investors for the 12th Startup Runway Showcase. For this highly anticipated event, we invite studious, experienced, and well-respected…
Meet Tope Awotona, Founder of Calendly, Startup Runway Keynote
Tope Awotona is one of the most talented founders building software today. He created Calendly from a passion, and invested in life’s savings to that point to launch the system. Learn more about his inspiring story on this video.
Black Leadership Matters at Startup Runway Yesterday AND Today
Black Leadership Matters now more than ever, with 40% of black-owned businesses threated with closure in the wake of COVID-19. Learn from this leader how he approaches his business, growth, and taking steps to ensure change.
Bryan Hobbs, Founder and CEO of Pruuvn, Showcase 8 Grant Winner
Pruuvn (pruuvn.com), a startup empowering organizations and individuals to established trusted relationships through the sharing of verified credentials, was the Judge’s Choice Winner of a $10k grant from Cox Enterprises…
Ming Yang, Founder and CEO of Orchard, Showcase 8 Grant Winner
Orchard (orchardinfo.com), a startup connecting personable technicians with older adults to alleviate frustrations with technology, was the Community Choice Winner of a $10k grant from the American Family Institute for…
Largest Startup Pitch for Underrepresented Founders Comes to Chicago Thanks to American Family Insurance CHICAGO (3/4/2020) – The Startup Runway Foundation is pleased to announce its first pitch event in Chicago,…
The 7th Startup Runway Showcase on October 8–the kick-off event in October’s startup ecosystem Atlanta experience culminating in Venture Atlanta–was the most competitive yet. 10 Finalists, all underrepresented founders, were selected from 600 applications and six states.