About our Startup Programs

Our Startup Showcase and Fellows Program help underrepresented founders and teams in EdTech, FinTech, PeopleTech, HealthTech and Frontier Tech to build world changing businesses. We support entrepreneurs through education, mentorship, networking and funding opportunities. We also provide deal flow opportunities for investors looking to invest in underrepresented entrepreneurs.


 Join us at Startup Showcases in Seattle, Atlanta, New York and San Francisco!

Startups who apply and are accepted will automatically be enrolled in our Change Catalyst Startup Fellows Program (see below for more information). In addition, you’ll receive cash prizes, access to high profile mentors and investors, and in-kind prizes from tech companies, tech hubs and startup advocates.

Tech Inclusion Startup Showcase is calling for amazing and diverse startups and entrepreneurs who are building new products and services in the following categories:

  • EdTech
  • FinTech
  • PeopleTech
  • HealthTech
  • Frontier Tech (AI, VR, AR, robotics, etc)

Criteria: (startups must meet at least 3 of the 4 requirements below)

  1. Product/solution must have at least reached beta, and less than 3 yrs old
  2. Founders/founding team must be diverse and pitch must be given by an underrepresented founder (e.g. African American, Latinx, Native American, woman, LGBTQIA, veteran, founder over 40, founder with a disability)
  3. Startup has received less than $2M in funding
  4. Product/technology addresses diversity, inclusion or exemplifies social entrepreneurship

2018 Startup Showcases

Pitch your startup directly to investors and gain a year of funding, investment and mentoring support.


ApplicationS CURRENTLY Closed

Change Catalyst Fellows Program

The Change Catalyst Fellows Program provides education, mentorship and funding opportunities for startups who participate in our Tech Inclusion Startup Showcases.

The top three winners of our Startup Showcases receive cash prizes, technology, coworking offers and other perks from tech companies. All companies who pitch at our Startup Showcase become members of the Change Catalyst Startup Fellows Program.

Fellows Program Benefits
As part of the Change Catalyst Fellows Program, startups receive:

  • Membership in Change Catalyst Startup Community
  • 2 free tickets to each Tech Inclusion Event (Forum or Conference)
  • Startup deals and perks from Change Catalyst and our partners
  • Access to entrepreneurship courses and events
  • Speaking opportunities at Tech Inclusion Events
  • First Access to mentor and investor office hours at Tech Inclusion Events
  • Investor introductions and funding opportunities
  • Media/Press opportunities to profile your company

To remain in the program each year, fellows are required to keep us up-to-date on your successes through quick annual status reports.

2017 Startup Showcase WINNERS


Blue Canoe Learning
Invio, Inc.
Next Billion.org


2016 Startup Showcase WINNERS


Get Links
Sow website
Branching Minds


Lift Ed


Monique Woodard

Venture Partner at 500 Startups

Ryan Hoover

Founder of Product Hunt

Claire Lee

Head of Early Stage Banking at Silicon Valley Bank

John Lyman

Partner at GV

Elizabeth Reynolds

Senior Principal at Accenture

Trevor Thomas-Uribe

General Partner at Cross Culture Ventures

Joe Vasquez

Founding Director at Runway Accelerator

Matthew Tomaszewicz

Director – Technology at Capital One

Natalia Oberti Noguera

Founder & CEO at Pipeline Angels

Richard Kerby

VP at Venrock

Lorine Pendleton, Esq.

Member at Pipeline Angels

Kanyi Maqubela

General Partner at Collaborative Fund

Lisa S. Chai

Senior VP, Research at Palisade Capital Management

Tereza Nemessanyi

Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Microsoft



Don Loeb


Arlan Hamilton

Backstage Capital

Nima Elyassi-Rad

O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures

Rei Wang

Dorm Room FundFirst Round

Aimen Barma

Vantage Point Analysis

Brittney Riley

Village Capital

Roberta Guise


Laura Kennedy






Capitol One