Startup Showdown Partners

Startup Showdown gives early-stage tech startups the opportunity to take their company to the next level by building lasting connection in the innovation ecosystem and gaining valuable insight from mentors and investor judges.

Together with our participating partners, we’re excited to continue to build upon the momentum of the tech ecosystem and accelerate the next frontier of innovation.

This is possible thanks to our partners who are deeply integrated with regional tech hubs – from regional communities and media powerhouses, to startup resources and university programs.

Atlanta Influences Everything

Atlanta Influences Everything is a creative consultancy, focused on combining civic, corporate and cultural understanding to harness the influence of Atlanta culture to do good and connect communities.

Atlanta Tech Village

Atlanta Tech Village is a community of innovation powered by the 4th largest tech space in the U.S. and deep connections to Atlanta’s business and investment community.


The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute provides experiential learning to students passionate about bringing entrepreneurial skills to an organization by providing educational leverage to execute on their ideas, build their businesses and seize the opportunities when presented.


CREATE-X is a Georgia Tech initiative to instill entrepreneurial confidence in students and empower them to launch successful startups.

Metro Atlanta Chamber

The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) is a 160-year-old organization that today represents businesses, colleges and universities, and nonprofits across the 29-county region that makes up the nation’s ninth largest market.

Morehouse EIN

The Morehouse Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (MIEC) is a global model for higher education and industry collaborations, programs that connect education with student leadership development, and community-focused.

Spelman Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab is a campus-wide resource for creative inquiry, unconventional research, experimental pedagogy, and exploratory play. The lab is a makerspace that engages in the intersections of art, science, technology, and engineering.

The Gathering Spot

The Gathering Spot presents connected cities: curated communities that serve as hubs for collaboration, connections, and experiences in cities where they anticipate building a future club.

Venture Atlanta

Venture Atlanta is one of the nation’s most prestigious venture capital conferences that selects the most promising tech companies in the Southeast to pitch in front of top investment firms from across the nation.

HubSpot for Startups

HubSpot for Startups partners with thousands of global VCs, accelerators, incubators, and entrepreneurial organizations to help you go from early-stage to the next hottest IPO.

Atlanta Magazine

Atlanta Magazine is the city’s premier general interest publication that has served as the authority on the metro area since 1961.


Hypepotamus is the Southeast’s leading innovation new publication that is the go-to source of startup and technology news, interviews, events, job listings and resources.

MongoDB for Startups

MongoDB for Startups is a selective program for early-stage, high-growth startups by providing a wide range of resources, including MongoDB’s best-in-class data platform, personalized technical advice, and access to our robust developer community.


eMerge Americas

eMerge Americas is a venture-backed platform focused on transforming Miami into the tech hub of the Americas. The eMerge signature event, launched in 2014, is a global tech conference held annually at the Miami Beach Convention Center, attracting more than 16,000 attendees from 40 countries and over 3,900 unique participating organizations.

Capital Factory

Capital Factory

Capital Factory is the center of gravity for entrepreneurs in Texas, the number one startup state in the U.S. Thousands of entrepreneurs, programmers and designers gather day and night, in-person and online for meetups, classes and coworking. With boots on the ground in Austin, Dallas and Houston, we meet the best entrepreneurs in Texas and introduce them to their first investors, employees, mentors and customers. According to Pitchbook, Capital Factory has been the most active investor in Texas since 2010.

DivInc Austin

DivInc Austin

DivInc Austin is an accelerator program dedicated to generating social and economic equity through entrepreneurship. Their 12-week tech startup development programs accelerate your business growth. They connect you to a network of industry-specific mentors and investors and provide the critical resources you need to turn your idea into a thriving company. DivInc Austin's accelerator programs vary from Women in Tech, Sports Tech, Web3, Social Justice Tech, and Clean Energy.



LaunchTN is a public-private partnership with a vision to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation. LaunchTN empowers Tennessee’s bustling entrepreneurial ecosystem by facilitating capital formation, market building, and resource connection through their Network Partners and conferences such as 3686.

LA Sports Innovation Council

LA Sports Innovation Council

LA Sports Council is the premier sports trade association in the Los Angeles region. Through year-round innovative programming and strategies, the LA Sports Council brings together and celebrates the greatest sports community in the world. In the epicenter of the sports world, the LA Sports Council believes that uniting the industry on a year-round basis will lead to greater strength and a strong and healthy community for all residents in the region.



NashTech is building the startup community in Nashville by hosting workshops for anyone getting started or figuring out how to scale and making connections that elevate everyone.


Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Founded in 2010, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (the "EC") exists to help make Nashville the best place to start and grow a business by providing critical resources needed for founders.

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