How to Apply Today

The mission of Startup Runway is introducing top under-represented founders to professional investors. Finalists are chosen from hundreds of applicants. T

We competitively select startups led by under-represented founders for an investor readiness program. You qualify if you have:

(#1) a technical product or solution such as software or a tech-ennabled service;

(#2) and first sales or trials;

(#3) and you have not yet been through a national accelerator such as 500 Startups, Techstars or YC

#(4) and you have not yet raised more than $250,000.

How to Apply

All Startup Runway applications must be completed and submitted through F6S. The Startup Runway Application on F6S makes it easy for you to tell us your story in a unique and organized way. The platform also allows you to connect with other founders and investors, and access countless other resources that help your business grow. You can complete your application in one sitting, or save your progress and submit later. Here’s how to apply:

 

1. Create a free F6S profile

2. Add your team members

3. Fill out a brief questionnaire

4. You’re done!

 

All applications, and the information within, is completely confidential and will only be seen by select members of the Startup Runway leadership team. You will not be asked to divulge any proprietary information or sensitive secrets.

What's Next

Once your application has been submitted, here’s what happens next:

 

1. Our leadership team will review your information.

2. If accepted, you will receive an email with further information and an invitation to pitch at the next Pitch event. Applications are open year round!

 

If your application is not accepted, we encourage you to apply again during the next cycle.

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