The startup LAUNCH competition is Techweek’s core event. For many attendees, It’s why they come to Techweek: to find out which new companies will be shaping the future, to meet the founders, and to learn how investors are looking to put their money to work right now.

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Hall of Champions

Techweek Chicago 2011

Techweek Chicago 2012

Techweek Chicago 2013

Techweek New York 2013

Tastemaker Mom
Techweek Los Angeles 2013

Hair Construction
Techweek Miami 2014 Early Stage

Modernizing Medicine
Techweek Miami 2014 Later Stage

Techweek Detroit 2014

Jail Education Solutions
Techweek Chicago 2014

Techweek New York 2014

Past Judges

Greg Bettinelli
Partner | Upfront Ventures

Brian Cohen
Chairman | New York Angels

Reeve Collins
Co-founder & CEO | Realcoin

Jason Finger
Co-founder | SeamlessWeb

John Frankel
Partner | ff Ventures

Hadley Harris
Founding General Partner | Eniac Ventures

Troy Henikoff
Managing Director | Techstars

J.B. Pritzker
Managing Partner | Pritzker Group

Rick Smith
Co-founder & Managing Partner | CrossCut Ventures

Alicia Syrett
Founder & CEO | Pantegrion Capital

Why Compete?

1. Exposure: Meet investors, talent, and potential customers among the thousands of attendees at Techweek LAUNCH.

2. Press: Tier 1 journalists cover the Techweek LAUNCH competition, looking to break the story about the next billion dollar contender.

3. The prize: Win $50K in cash and prizes awarded to the LAUNCH champion in each city.

4. Test your mettle: Stress test your pitch in front of hundreds of seasoned investors looking for holes in your business.

5. Free admission: LAUNCH competitors attend Techweek free of charge. Summit passes earn you entry to top speaker presentations, all Techweek festival events, and exclusive after parties.

Get started by signing up to compete in LAUNCH below

Application Deadlines
Detroit 2015

Apr. 2nd, 2015

Chicago 2015

May 28th, 2015

Kansas City 2015

Aug. 20th, 2015

New York 2015

Sept. 17th, 2015

Los Angeles 2015

Oct. 15th, 2015

Miami 2015

Nov. 12th, 2015