• 7th Annual Startup of the Year Global Competition & Summit

    Powered by Established and Start Co.

    OCTOBER 14 - 16, 2019



    #SOTYSummit19 is a curated experience for founders, corporate innovation leads, and investors to make meaningful relationships with the backdrop of Memphis as our canvas.


    Summit is about who is in the audience. It's about YOU!


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    Monday - Welcome Soiree at the Hu Hotel overlooking the Mighty Mississippi River

    Tuesday - Startup/Investor/Corporate Matchmaking, Lunch at downtown hotspot, SOTY Showcase & Celebration at AutoZone Park

    Wednesday - Private Startup Judging, Mentor Sessions, SOTY Top 5 Finals Live from the Peabody Skydeck

    Investors, Corporate Innovators & Accelerators

    • Meet high quality, diverse startups
    • Network with other industry leaders
    • Mentor & advise up-and-coming companies
    • Interested in connecting with a startup? Email us.

    Founders & Entrepreneurs

    • Build your network
    • Connect with quality investors & potential partners
    • Grow your business

    7th Annual Startup of the Year Global Competition

    • Top 100 rising startups from around the world
    • Startup Showcase and Celebration featuring all semifinalists
    • Top 5 Finalists will pitch live to a high powered panel of judges and the Summit audience
    • 2019 SOTY Winner could receive up to $100K in investments, American Airline Business Extra points, and more! 


    Celebrations of innovation at downtown Memphis hotspots​

    • Rooftop at the new Hu Hotel with unbeatable views of the Mississippi River
    • AutoZone Park - home of the Memphis Redbirds & the Memphis 901 FC
    • The Peabody Memphis Rooftop Skydeck
    • Orion FCU HQ at the historic, renovated Wonder Bread site

    There are only two steps to building the future: Start and Never Stop.

    Start Co. is part venture development group and part accelerator, building innovators and innovations for the city of tomorrow, all with inclusion at the forefront. Start Co. accelerates technology startup companies and their founders. They support the development and implementation of intelligent technology and data for civic efficiency. They position minority entrepreneurs at the center of economic growth.

    Establishing a new program, project, product, or company marks the first day of something with unlimited potential.

    Established is a consultancy focused on helping organizations with their innovation, startup, and communication strategies. Created by the talent responsible for building the Tech.Co brand (acquired by an international publishing company), EST leverages decades of experience to help collaborators best further (or create) their brand and accomplish their goals.

    Powered by Established, the Startup of the Year™ program is a global competition, world-wide community, and resource to elevate startup founders. Since 2006, the Established team has discovered and supported the most promising and innovative startups from around the world via the Investment Community, Daily Dealflow newsletter, SOTY Podcast, activation events, and more.



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