NEWS: The latest breaking LAUNCH news!

May 9, Detroit: Congratulations to SPLT for winning Techweek Detroit LAUNCH 2016

Detroit-based SPLT, a carpooling app for enterprise, continues its great momentum, beating out Unboundly and Maker OS in a tight Finals pitch round to take the title of Detroit LAUNCH Champion 2016! The finalists had emerged from the field of twenty semi-finalists who exhibited on the day, showcasing the depth and vibrancy of the Detroit startup community.

Special thanks to Presenting Sponsor Rocket Ventures, hosts Techtown Detroit and caterers Grubbable, and the Finals judges Greg Whitlow (Rocket Ventures), Sean Simpson (GMV), and James Chapman (Rock Ventures).

Detroit Launch Winners – SPLT

Techweek Launch Detroit 2016 Winners: Benjamin Seidman (SPLT), Judge Greg Whitlow (Rocket Ventures), and Anna Isachenko (SPLT)

April 5, Detroit: Rocket Ventures announced as official Sponsors of Detroit Launch 2016

Techweek is proud to announce Rocket Ventures are the official Detroit Launch presenting Sponsor. Rocket Ventures is an investment and entrepreneurial services company for high-tech, early-stage companies in Northwest Ohio.

Since 2007, Rocket Ventures has assisted client companies in achieving over $300 million in sales revenue, investments, and other income. Techweek Launch is honored and excited to partner with such an important Midwest investment institution.

Mar 15, Chicago: We are delighted to announce Amazon Launchpad as the official Presenting Sponsor of LAUNCH, Chicago 2016

Techweek is delighted to announced Amazon Launchpad as the official Techweek Chicago Launch Presenting Sponsor for 2016! Started in July 2015, Amazon Launchpad, makes it easy for startups to launch, market, and distribute their products to hundreds of millions of Amazon customers across the globe.

The platform offers a dedicated storefront featuring a variety of innovative new products from emerging brands. For startups, the platform handles inventory management, order fulfillment, customer service, and more, allowing them to focus their efforts on the innovation that results in more cool products.


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CONGRATULATIONS: to our 2015 Launch Winners!

2015 was a exciting growth year for LAUNCH. We saw almost the number of competitors exceed 750 companies, and the quality and competition just keeps rising!

We are proud of our 2015 cohort of contestants, regional winners, as well as our 2015 National Winner, PickMySolar who competed and won in the National Launch Finals in December, 2015.

Congratulations to everyone on a spectacular year – the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit in Techweek has never been higher, and we are proud to be able to support young businesses like these.

2015 Miami – PickMySolar

Max Aram and Chris Blevins win the LAUNCH competition with PickMySolar on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. They went on to win the LAUNCH Nationals in Miami in December – congratulations!

2015 New York – Findmine

Please enjoy an interview with our New York LAUNCH winner, FindMine.


FindMine wins LAUNCH Techweek New York, 2015

2015 Chicago – Apollo Medical Devices

Apollo Medical Devices wins Techweek LAUNCH Chicago 2015

2015 Kansas City – 10 winners

Kansas City, 2015: Techweek and LaunchKC announce the winners of the $500,000 LAUNCH prize money

2015 Detroit – Slope
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Slope wins LAUNCH Techweek Detroit 2015

2014 Winners


Techweek Detroit 2014


Jail Education Solutions
Techweek Chicago 2014


Techweek New York 2014


Techweek Los Angeles 2014


Modernizing Medicine
Techweek Miami 2014 Later Stage


Hair Construction
Techweek Miami 2014 Early Stage

2013 Winners


Techweek Chicago 2013


Techweek New York 2013


Tastemaker Mom
Techweek Los Angeles 2013

2012 Winner


Techweek Chicago 2012

2011 Winner


Techweek Chicago 2011


LAUNCH is Techweek’s startup competition for pre-series A companies.
  • Companies from around the world demo and pitch to judges, attendees and investors who evaluate their ideas and business models
  • From among all entrants, a small number are chosen to reach the LAUNCH city finals
  • One company is selected per city as the LAUNCH Regional Champion
  • The champion is eligible to win potential investment and prizes as well as is entered into the National competition to be crowned the LAUNCH National Champion!
Competitors annually
National Prize
LAUNCH supports our mission to spread and support innovation ecosystems by driving BUSINESS FORMATION
  • Showcases breakthrough technology companies
  • Brings together the companies that offer professional services and advice for entrepreneurial companies
  • Connects startups with investors and professional services companies to stimulate
  • Find and celebrates the best new startups in the ecosystem

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Meet Team LAUNCH

Team LAUNCH is excited for 2016’s competition suite. 2015 was a landmark year for us, with hundreds of quality startups embracing the Techweek opportunity and delivering their best pitches to investors, judges and the Techweek community.

This year we are excited to take LAUNCH to the next level, to build on our success with the on-the-ground physical competition, and to take LAUNCH into the digital domain.  We will be excited to share more of our news with you in the coming weeks – stay tuned!

Contact Tyler to learn how you can become a partner.


Tyler Coppock


Billy Puckett
Partner relationships

ATTEND: 2016 tickets on sale now

Chicago: June 20-26

Toronto: July 25-31

Kansas City: Sept 12-18

NYC: Oct 10-16

Dallas: Oct 31 – Nov 6

LA: Nov 28-Dec 5

COMPETE: Apply for the LAUNCH competition

Why Compete?

Exposure: Meet investors, startup talent, and potential customers

Press: LAUNCH winners and participants have been written about in Forbes, The Economist, Inc, Time, Wall Street Journal and the New York Times among others

Prizes:All competitors typically take home in-kind prizes, including free tickets to the remainder of Techweek events; prizes and prize money varies by market: the Techweek National LAUNCH winner will win prizes including $50k in cash

Mentorship: All competitors will receive feedback from judges. LAUNCH champions can also receive mentorship from members of that region’s Techweek Executive Advisory Board.

JUDGE: Submit your name as an eligible judge for LAUNCH in your city

Why Judge?

Network: Meet investors, startup talent, and potential customers among the thousands of attendees at the Techweek Launch Championship

Mentorship: Help push founders’ thinking about their business in a low-risk environment and maybe even wind up becoming a mentor to the next billion dollar tech startup

Personal brand: Build your personal brand and followership amongst a group of talented tech professionals from your region and from all over the country

Techweek: Receive a free ticket to the remainder of Techweek festivities for serving as a judge

What is involved in judging LAUNCH?

Before: Please register here and watch out for logistics emails. We will also ask you to disclose any conflicts of interests that you may have with the companies that we assign you to evaluate so that we can adjust and ensure an equitable judging process for our startups

Preliminary Rounds: Judges spend 1-3 hours speaking with and anonymously evaluating competitors one-on-one as they exhibit for several hours

Finals Rounds: Judges spend ~2 hours on stage, serving on a panel watching formal pitches and asking questions of startups

Who can serve as a judge?

We seek experienced investors, entrepreneurs, business professionals and professors to serve as judges.

Enter your name to be considered as a LAUNCH judge!

Some recent LAUNCH 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


Cody Simms
Managing Director | Techstars


Rick Smith
Co-founder & Managing Partner | CrossCut Ventures


Alicia Syrett
Founder & CEO | Pantegrion Capital


Chris Thomas
Founder & Partner | Fontinalis

SPONSOR: Discover ways to partner with LAUNCH in your city

Who should partner with LAUNCH?
  • Companies looking to attract extraordinary and entrepreneurial talent
  • Services and product companies targeting early and growth stage companies, e.g.:
    • financial services companies
    • law firms
    • co-working spaces
    • marketing agencies
    • accounting firms
    • cloud service companies
  • Brands looking to make a powerful statement about their support of local innovation ecosystem, such as locally-based technology brands
What solutions does LAUNCH offer our partners?
  • Be seen as supporting local innovation
  • Generate leads from early growth-stage companies
  • Brand Exposure with one of the most visible and press-covered Techweek activations
  • Talent acquisition from entrepreneurs and early stage companies
Interested in learning more about LAUNCH partnership opportunities?

Contact Tyler to learn how you can become a partner: tyler.coppock@techweek.com or fill in this form


Companies looking for a powerful brand amplification and association and visible support of entrepreneurial passion and innovation are excellent partners for LAUNCH.  Many of iconic international brands have found LAUNCH to be a powerful story-telling platform over the past 5 years