Startup Runway Founders Guide

Our founders guide 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.

Calling All Angels

We’re building the national network of angel investors focused on inclusion, starting right here in Atlanta.

Hiring – Executive Director

About the Startup Runway Foundation The Startup Runway Foundation is a 501c3 launched in 2016 to connect startups led by underrepresented founders (women and people of color) to their first…

From depression to happiness, Bens Hilaire Rises to become a Startup Runway winner

Startup Runway is known for connecting underrepresented founders from remarkable startups with investors for a chance to win the $10k prize along with walking away with a great amount of…

Meet Tope Awotona, Founder of Calendly, Startup Runway Keynote

Tope Awotona is one of the most talented founders building software today. He created Calendly from a passion, and invested in life’s savings to that point to launch the system. Learn more about his inspiring story on this video.

10 Venture Capital First Check Writers Share at Startup Runway

Hear from venture capital first check writers who judged, mentored and coached the Startup Runway 9th Showcase Finalists. You’ll learn what triggers them to open their funds for new talent like yours.

How to Mentor at Startup Runway

Mentoring at Startup Runway takes half an afternoon, and tilts the trajectory of an under-represented founder upwards for the life of their business. Here’s how you do it.

How you participate in peer scoring

How do we pick the top 10% of minority led startups in the region?

How Startup Runway works: an overview

Here’s the Startup Runway experience in a nutshell–definitely read this before you pitch!

How to coach a pitch

To make the most of pitch practice, follow a structure–and have a blast.

Download your pitch workbook

One of our founders wrote us about about the difference Startup Runway makes: “Thank you for the insight and opportunity, the information you provided me was EXTREMELY valuable. I will put the pieces together and make this work, doing it as I type this 🙂 Thanks again! I look forward to showing you the results when I pitch again in a couple weeks!”