News from Top Underrepresented Founders / Startup Runway Finalists

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

Sign up! Sessions with Crunchbase, HBCU.vc, and Top Black Founders

Crunchbase, HBCU.vc 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 (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…

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. 

How to Mentor at Startup Runway

Mentoring at Startup Runway takes half an afternoon, and tilts the trajectory of an under-represented founder upwards for the life of their business. Here’s how you do it.

Spring 2019 AMFam Prize Winner Civic Dinners Partners with Coca-Cola, Facebook

Civic Dinners, winner of the $10,000 Community Choice grant sponsored by the AmFamInstitute, recently achieved some amazing accomplishments since winning the prize earlier this year. The company recently partnered with...

Techstars Impact Class of 2019 Welcomes Startup Runway Finalist Don’t Get Mad Get Paid

Don’t Get Mad Get Paid has recently been selected to join Techstars Impact class of 2019! As part of the program, Don’t Get Mad Get Paid will work extensively with...

Atlanta Startup Runway Doubles Grants Thanks to Cox Enterprises, American Family Institute

Startup Runway Foundation, the nonprofit behind the largest pitch competition in the United States for under-represented startup founders, doubles its grant-making capacity from $10 to $20k this year thanks to…

Startup Runway 2017 Finalist Acivilate Receives Grant to Deploy App in Gwinnett County

Startup Runway is a 501(c) nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the top 10% of women- and minority-led startups across the Southeast and connecting them with sophisticated investors who understand early-stage…