Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the pitch portion of the preflight round?

You will be given 5 minutes to give your pitch during the preflight pitch round, and the same amount of time if advanced to the Showcase.

How long is the Q&A section?

There is 5 minutes following your pitch allocated to answering questions posed by people in the room.

Who attends the preflight pitch round?

The preflight rounds are closed events. The founders pitching will be in attendance along with members of the Startup Runway leadership and production team. Startup Runway sponsors are also invited to attend the preflight rounds.

How many people move on to the final round?

The number of people selected for the final round depends on the quality of the startups during the preflight rounds- that is to say there may more than 10 asked to pitch during the showcase.

How many pitch rounds are there before the showcase?

There are two preflight pitch rounds. IMPORTANT- you only need to pitch during one.

Scoring Criteria

During the preflight round, each pitch is peer scored. Each pitch will be judged for diversity, team, hyper growth, and product validation: on a scale of 1-5.
The Startup Runway team uses the scoring data and their own insights to determine who makes it to the showcase.

What are my means of presentation?

You will be able to use your computer. We suggest limiting the number of slides that make up your deck- 5 minutes goes by quicker than you would think. Also, keep in mind the number of people that will be in the room- text & tables may not be readable so you may consider leaving those out all together.

Can I bring a guest?

Yes you can bring one guest- space is limited in the preflight pitch room. If you would like to bring another guest let us know and we will check to see if we will have room.

Accommodations near the Gathering Spot?

There are countless hotels options- The Gathering Spot is in the heart of the Georgia Tech campus minutes from downtown and midtown Atlanta. Here are a few choice places we recommend…..

Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
Hampton Inn Atlanta-Georgia Tech-Downtown
Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel
Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown

If you come to present during one of the preflight rounds we assume that you are willing and able to pitch during the showcase on May 2nd.

Check out our founders guide which helps you navigate the entire Startup Runway process–from learning about what investors are looking for to pitching for cash prizes at our showcase events.

Additional resources

Startup Runway Pitch Workbook
How to coach a pitch