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 knowledge. Founders from many different backgrounds are all given an equal chance to showcase their business. Bens Hilaire is an African American founder who built […]

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

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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 the 10th showcase. CEO/Founder Carolyn Pitts and her company Film Connx beat out hundreds of startups to win one of the Cohort grants at our […]

Ellen Hunter Shares Thoughts On The Startup Runway Experience

It's been a great pleasure to meet, connect with, and fund all types of women- and minority-founded startups from across the Southeast. Our most recent Showcase winner, Ellen Hunter of Impactive, is a member of the Atlanta Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) and she recently shared thoughts on her Startup Runway experience and why it was [...]

Fall 2017 Winner Impactive Partners with Atlanta-Based Nonprofit CARE USA

Every year, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) work tirelessly on thousands of aid projects around the world to reduce poverty and save lives for people in humanitarian crises. They are required to report back to their donors – large foundations and philanthropy groups – that want to know where and how their money is being spent. […]

Fall 2017 Finalist Acivilate Secures $3 Million Term Sheet With BIP Capital

Most Startup Runway finalists are just beginning their journey towards a major investment or other opportunities for funding. But for Louise Wasilewski, CEO of Acivilate, this was far from the case. Shortly after participating in our pre-flight pitch round and peer review session, Acivilate received an offer for a $3 million term sheet with Atlanta [...]

There are no Shortcuts to Success — theCut Shares Lessons Learned at Startup Runway

Barbershops have worked the same way for generations — walk in, wait for a barber, get a haircut, and pay in cash. But when Obi Omile, Jr. founded his mobile app theCut, he knew the traditionally cash-based barbershop industry was overdue for a transition to digital accessibility. theCut’s mobile platform allows barbers to schedule appointments, […]

Announcing $10,000 Startup Prize for Top Woman- or Minority- Led Firm This Nov. 2

October 1 is the deadline to apply for grant aimed at top 10% of local Minority & Women-led Startups September 26, 2017– Atlanta — The nonprofit Startup Runway Foundation is proud to announce its third season with a $10,000 grant awarded at the public showcase event this November 2. Startup applications for the $10,000 prize […]

The 4 Key Points of a Successful Pitch

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During the Startup Runway Showcase, we give our participants five minutes for their investor pitch, followed by a brief Q&A session. This may not seem like enough time, but if you craft your pitch around what investors want to know, your message will land in half the time. Often times, you may feel like you […]

Atlanta Hawks and Predictive Ops Discuss Startups on Focus Atlanta

Melissa Proctor, Chief Marketing Officer of the Atlanta Hawks, and Carl P. Evans, Co-Founder of Predictive Ops, sat down with Keisha Lancelin to discuss entrepreneurship and their support of the Startup Runway Foundation. After winning the Spring 2017 Showcase, Carl P. Evans and co-founder Raj Sultanian received this year's first $10k prize. We're proud to shine a [...]