49% First-time


44 Countries


30,000+ Startups


Gold Sponsors

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works together with communities in education and entrepreneurship to create uncommon solutions and empower people to shape their futures and be successful. The Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Missouri, and uses its $2 billion in assets to collaboratively help people be self-sufficient, productive citizens. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org.

RIDG focuses on accelerating ideas to market by giving your team the essential skills to consistently identify, build and deliver through the million dollar teams framework.  We help companies drive the necessary change to innovate and disrupt their industry while growing their people and their profits.

Silver Sponsors

Intuit’s mission is to Power Prosperity Around the World. Our global products and platforms, including TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint and Turbo, are designed to empower consumers, self-employed and small businesses to improve their financial lives, finding them more money with the least amount of work, while giving them complete confidence in their actions and decisions. Our innovative ecosystem of financial  management solutions serves approximately 50 million customers worldwide,  unleashing the power of many for the prosperity of one.  For more information please visit: https://www.intuit.com

Hockeystick is a global database of innovative companies and the investors and programs that support them. Organizations use Hockeystick to identify high-growth companies, find investors and use data to understand the impact of various types of support on entrepreneurs.  For more information please visit www.hockeystick.co.

Streaming Content Sponsor

TUFF is a developer and advisor focused on creating vibrant physical environments for institutions of education and research.  Through careful consideration of institutional potential, TUFF develops facilities that are more than just buildings. They are communities of education and research that encourage economic growth and accelerate innovation.  To learn more visit www.tuff.org.

Community Champions

Valley Venture Mentors is a nonprofit serving entrepreneurs in Western Massachusetts offering accelerators, mentorship, coworking, and community events to help high growth potential ventures start and succeed.

The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) enables and celebrates Massachusetts to lead the nation in translating basic research to the market.

To discuss partnership & sponsorship opportunities please contact Carie Davis at [email protected]