To protect our community, we’ve moved Startup Runway from a physical experience to a digital one, until it can be safely held again physically.

Our new digital date is May 20. This was previously April 23 at The Gathering Spot.

We are the largest pitch event in the country for seed and pre-seed under-represented founders–women and founders of color. Thanks to our program, our Finalists are SIX TIMES more likely to raise a seed round. After touching base with our tremendously supportive sponsors, we are united that these times present a unique opportunity to evolve the Startup Runway platform and do even more to serve our mission. The mission of the Startup Runway Foundation is introducing top, promising startups led by underrepresented founders to their first investor.  Here’s our plan serve during these times–and you’re a huge part of it.

More VCs.

VCs have always chosen to travel to Startup Runway–but with our first virtual Startup Runway Atlanta on May 20, we’re able to tap top venture capital talent anywhere in the country. 

More founders.

Each cohort, we’ve made more invitations to be a Finalist than could be accepted, because our Finalists would have had to bear travel costs from often rural areas for our educational programming and pitch. Not this time! We look forward to seeing applications from across the country. Founders, apply now!

More top mentors.

Our corporate partners provide substantial mentoring to Finalists in our program, which often leads to critical customer relationships. Sometimes, the most senior people couldn’t participate in our Mock Board sessions in person–but now in Zoom, our mentor ranks are opening up to even more senior leaders. Digital mentors, we need you!

Larger audiences.

Startup Runway will be live-streamed. After the program, we’ll have even more content to share with you online, where the pitches, the keynotes and the venture capital panel will live on. Join us! We ask for a $10 donation to the 501c3 to help support our programming, but that is waived if you can’t afford to pay–total honor system. Get your ticket now for invites to digital program and some unique networking opportunities (digital of course!) we are planning for our audience.

Support the inclusive innovation ecosystem.

We’re actively seeking strong brands aligned with our mission of making capital more accessible to inclusive founding teams. Learn more how you can support incredible outcomes as a sponsor right here.

We’re more excited than ever to present our $10,000 grants made possible by the generous support of Cox Enterprises, Presenting Sponsor of Startup Runway Atlanta, American Family Institute, Presenting Sponsor of Startup Runway Chicago, and our supporters including Write2Market, The Gathering Spot, and Goldman Sachs. 

Thanks for all you do to support the inclusive innovation ecosystem. Get your tickets to join us now!