ABOUT THE STARTUP SHOWCASE


Our Startup Ecosystem programs 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.



CALLING ALL STARTUPS!


Change Catalyst, producer of the Tech Inclusion Conference, is bringing the conversation around diversity and inclusion across the US this year. A growing number of tech companies are releasing diversity numbers and working to address on-going shortfalls in adding more women, people of color (POC), veterans, seniors and persons with visible and hidden disabilities to their ranks.

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

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



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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.


2016 Startup Showcase WINNERS

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PREVIOUS JUDGES


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

 
 

PREVIOUS MENTORS


Don Loeb

Techstars

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

FemResources

Laura Kennedy

TechStars


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