The Startup Runway Foundation is a nonprofit organization.

Our mission is introducing top under-represented founders to their first investor.

Watch pitches from our two most recent $10,000 grant winners.


Meet Recent Finalists

Each Startup Runway Finalist is competitively selected from 100s of applications. Our criteria are that at time of selection, the Startup is highly investable, has raised less than $150K, has not attended a national accelerator, and is led by an under-represented founder.


Klippit allows influencers to turn their selfies into savings. For marketers, we help them create influencer marking campaigns that can be measured, and scaled.

Chike Nwoke


Orchard is a managed marketplace that connects personable young people with senior citizens to provide in-home tech tutorials and assistance. We are solving the problem of senior citizens not having easy access to someone that is technical and empathetic to help them with tech problems at home.

Ming Yang

Small Bites Adventure Club

Small Bites Adventure Club creates turn-key tools to help children discover, love and eat fruits and vegetables. Hands-on kits feature everything that children need to create delicious and easy recipes, and introduce them to them to local farmers and good food.

Erin Croom

Qardian Labs

Qardian Labs is a medical software company providing fast and accurate artificial intelligence-based cardiac risk assessment to improve screenings. We provide software to identify people at risk of sudden cardiac arrest and maximize workflow efficiency by allowing doctors to make better screenings in less time.

Sofia Tomov


Pruuvn empowers organizations and individuals to establish trusted relationships through the sharing of verified credentials. Our Background Tracking System (BTS) assist employers in reducing the cost to find, retain, and onboard task-based workers by empowering workers to verify, store, and share their work profiles.”

Bryan Hobbs


FRSH is a style based air freshener brand utilizing iconic song titles about driving with game-changing subscription and wholesale models.

Trey Brown


WPClover is a Managed WordPress Hosting platform that offers Web Design, Development, and Maintenance to small to medium businesses in one affordable monthly fee to allow them access to developers on-demand with fast and reliable cloud hosting for WordPress websites.

Sheffie Robinson


ePerkz is the leading provider of severance and furlough automation solutions for HR, finance, and legal in the U.S. and Canada. As a disruptive legal innovator, ePerkz uses patent pending technology to make legal services related to RIFs and furloughs more affordable to businesses of all sizes.

Sarah Rodehorst


Candi is a social network that allows Fans to virtually meet & greet their favorite Celebrities and Influencers.

Keithan Hedrick


Kynsho provides practical outerwear for the modern commuter with style that protects.

George Crichlow

Meet A Few Of Our Venture Capital Judges & Mentors

Active venture capitalists who write early stage checks give detailed feedback to each Finalist. They also vote on who wins the Cox Enterprises Judge’s Choice $10,000 Grant for “most investable” startup. Are you a VC operating out of a fund that can write the first check? Do your dealflow pipeline a favor.

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