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…

Calling All Angels

We’re building the national network of angel investors focused on inclusion, starting right here in Atlanta.

From depression to happiness, Bens Hilaire Rises to become a Startup Runway winner

Startup Runway is known for connecting underrepresented founders from remarkable startups with investors for a chance to win the $10k prize along with walking away with a great amount of…

What has FilmConnx been up to since becoming a Startup Runway winner?

With the 11th Startup Runway showcase less than 3 months away, we wanted to take a look at what one of our former winners has been up to since winning…

10th Startup Runway Doubles Down On Underrepresented Founders Mission

In a year of change, Startup Runway brought more grants, more founders of excellence, and more execution on the mission of connecting underrepresented founders to first investors.

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.

Announcing 10th Showcase Judges

Every time we put together a group of VCs for Startup Runway, we qualify the investors we invite. Judging Startup Runway is not just for any investor. Our mission in…

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.

10 Venture Capital First Check Writers Share at Startup Runway

Hear from venture capital first check writers who judged, mentored and coached the Startup Runway 9th Showcase Finalists. You’ll learn what triggers them to open their funds for new talent like yours.

Top Investors Attend Startup Runway. Come Meet Them on Sept 9th.

Crunchbase, and more experts in inclusive innovation are sharing in break-out panels this Startup Runway. Join us!

Startup Runway and HBCUvc Double the Innovation Impact

Crunchbase, and more experts in inclusive innovation are sharing in break-out panels this Startup Runway. Join us!

Sign up! Sessions with Crunchbase,, and Top Black Founders

Crunchbase, and more experts in inclusive innovation are sharing in break-out panels this Startup Runway. Join us!

TIE Atlanta Angels Commits $100K To Underrepresented Founders with Startup Runway

TIE Atlanta Angels partners with Startup Runway to invest $100K into startups led by under-represented groups in 2020.

Bryan Hobbs, Founder and CEO of Pruuvn, Showcase 8 Grant Winner

Pruuvn (, 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 (, 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…

Announcing Showcase 8 (Press Release)

May 15, 2020 The Startup Runway Foundation is thrilled to announce Spring 2020 Showcase Finalists. These founders will pitch May 20 for a total of $20,000 in grants. Founders, investors,...

Startup Runway Atlanta Moves From April 23 to May 20 and a Fully Digital Experience

In response to COVID 19, Startup Runway is giving away its $10K grants to top underrepresented founders in a new digital pitch event that’s better than ever. Join us May 20!

Startup Runway Launches in Chicago!

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,…

7th Startup Runway Showcase Recap

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.