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Startup of the Year Podcast raises the bar for startups around the world by providing further insight on the emerging companies featured in our Daily Dealflow newsletter, and by highlighting newsworthy stories and global trends affecting the startup ecosystem.

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Startup of the Year Podcast raises the bar for startups around the world by providing further insight on the emerging companies featured in our Daily Dealflow newsletter, and by highlighting newsworthy stories and global trends affecting the startup ecosystem.

    #0035 - Talking About Starting Up With David Aronson of Peanut Butter

    #0035 - Talking About Starting Up With David Aronson of Peanut Butter

    On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we catch up with David Aronson, the Founder & CEO of Peanut Butter, a company that helps employers offer student loan assistance as a benefit. David has over 20 years of business experience and has founded 6 ventures as an entrepreneur. He previously served as Senior Director of Business Development for Sears Holdings, and Director of Corporate Development for Gevity HR, beginning his career at the Aronson family's Tasty Bakery.
     
    We also hear segments from some of our Established Team members. Our VP of Programs, Lori Thiel, provides some thoughts about our 2020 events. Also, our Director of Strategic Operations and managing member of Established Ventures, John Guidos, gives his “Pitch Deck Pointers.”
     
    As mentioned in the episode, please get your free .US domain today by going to the following link: soty.link/dotusplus. Also, please join us for our upcoming 8th Annual Startup of the Year Summit which will be held online in November. You can lean more about the Summit and register for the event at the following link: https://www.startupofyear.com/startup-of-the-year-summit
     
    Thank you for listening, and as always, please check out the Established website and subscribe to the newsletter at: www.est.us
     
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    Startup of the Year helps diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. We are a competition, a global community, and a resource.  
     
    Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year. 
     
    The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is announced, along with an opportunity at potential investment.
     
    Established is a consultancy focused on helping organizations with innovation, startup, and communication strategies. It is the power behind Startup of the Year.  Created by the talent responsible for building the Tech.Co brand (acquired by an international publishing company), we are leveraging decades of experience to help our collaborators best further (or create) their brand & accomplish their most important goals.  Connect with us on Twitter - @EstablishedUs and Facebook - facebook.com/established.us/.

    • 31 min
    #0034 - Cooper Harris of Klickly

    #0034 - Cooper Harris of Klickly

    On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we catch up with Cooper Harris, the founder, and CEO of Klickly, an A.I. impulse-payments platform. Cooper invented a payment layer that leverages machine-learning to make purchasing directly within digital UIs possible. This significant innovation creates a huge efficiency in the market – the platform's machine-learning identifies payment situations and uses sophisticated cross-origin calls to facilitate the transaction. 

    As such, she has been invited to share her insights at international summits including the United Nations, CES, Cannes Lions, SXSW, ShopTalk, Sundance, Los Angeles TechWeek, London Technology Conference, and Jason Calacanis’ LAUNCH Scale.  Ms. Harris speaks on topics including FinTech / Retail Tech / MarTech, fostering women in STEM, and disrupting the status quo using technology/innovation.

    We also hear some segments from some of our Established Team members. Our VP of Engagement at Established, Rich Maloy, provides some advice with the VC Minute and our VP of Programs, Lori Thiel, provides a tip for startups looking to get found. Also, our Co-CEO, Jen Consalvo, provides insight about starting a company, and our Director of Partnerships, Jacqui Dietrich, provides an update about our Partner Programs and specifically discusses the following:

    Hello Alice Pitching Investors Virtually Guide: https://helloalice.com
    Techstars 2021 Application: https://www.techstars.com/
    SEED SPOT Impact Accelerator: https://seedspot.org/
    AFWERX SBIR Program: http://afwerxlearning.com/
    Become an Established Startup or Investment Community Partner at: https://est.us/cp

    As mentioned in the episode, please join us for our upcoming 8th Annual Startup of the Year Summit which will be held online in November. You can learn more about the Summit and register for the event at the following link: https://www.startupofyear.com/startup-of-the-year-summit

    Thank you for listening, and as always, please check out the Established website and subscribe to the newsletter at www.est.us

    Checkout Startup of the Year at www.startupofyear.com/

    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year Daily Deal Flow: www.startupofyear.com/daily-dealflow

    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year podcast: http://startupoftheyear.libsyn.com/

    Subscribe to the Established YouTube Channel: https://soty.link/ESTYouTube

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    Startup of the Year helps diverse, emerging startups, founding teams, and entrepreneurs push their company to the next level. We are a competition, a global community, and a resource.  

    Startup of the Year is also a year-long program that searches the country for a geographically diverse set of startups from all backgrounds and pulls them together to compete for the title of Startup of the Year. 

    The program includes a number of in-person and virtual events, including our annual South By Southwest startup pitch event and competition. All of which culminate at our annual Startup of the Year Summit, where the Startup of the Year winner is announced, along with an opportunity at a potential investment.

    Established is a consultancy focused on helping organizations with innovation, startup, and communication strategies. It is the power behind Startup of the Year.  Created by the talent responsible for building the Tech.Co brand (acquired by an international publishing company), we are leveraging decades of experience to help our collaborators best further (or create) their brand & accomplish their most important goals.  Connect with us on Twitter - @EstablishedUs and Facebook - facebook.com/established.us/.

    • 48 min
    #0033 - Honoring U.S. Veteran Founders

    #0033 - Honoring U.S. Veteran Founders

    On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast we are featuring our virtual event that we hosted, Honoring U.S. Veteran Founders.
     
    We had a great group of veteran-led companies presenting their pitches. The STARTUPS included: Govlia (Fort Lauderdale, FL); Milk Money Kitchens (New York, NY); Target Arm (Ridgefield, CT); TCare (St. Louis, MO); and TruGenomix (Rockville, MD). 
     
    Additionally, the event was presided over by an incredible group of amazing judges that included Burunda Prince (Chief Innovation Officer of B6);  Jason Rathje (Partner - AF Ventures, AFWERX); Derren Burrell (President and Founder, Veteran Ventures Capital); and Kim Folsom
    (Co-Founder and CEO, Founders First Capital Partners, and Founder, LIFT Development Enterprises).
     
    Congrats to TruGenomix for winning the Pitch Competition! They are now one of the Top 100 Semifinalists at the 8th Annual Startup of the Year Summit.  Also, we are very excited for TCARE, which took home the People's Choice Award. 
     
    We also hear some new segments from some of our Established Team members. Our VP, Engagement at Established, Rich Maloy, provides some advice with the VC Minute. Our CTO, Joe Corbett discussed some pointers with the Two Minute Tech Tips and our Director of Partnerships, Jacqui Dietrich provides and update about our Partner Programs and specifically discusses the following:
     
    Bunker Labs Virtual Town Halls https://www.facebook.com/thebunkerlabs/ Hello Alice Black-Owned Business Resource Center https://helloalice.com/homepage Business coaches at http://wiseher.com Embarc Collective Florida Survey https://bit.ly/2BBdHSR Founders Beta Talent Matchup foundersbeta.com Backstage Capital at Startup of the Year Pitch Event https://sotyblackfounders.eventbrite.com NFX How VCs Judge Your Startup (on zoom) https://bit.ly/2FgsunB  
    Please nominate a Community Partner supporting or investing in startups! Feel free to email Jacqui at:  jacqui@est.us 
     
    As mentioned in the episode, please join us for our upcoming event we are hosting on September 3rd, as we celebrate five Black-led companies. During the event, each startup will pitch to a panel of expert judges for a $1,000 cash prize and an automatic Top 100 Semifinalist Spot at our 8th Annual Startup of the Year Summit which will be held online on November 9th - 10th  You can register for the event at the following link: https://startupoftheyearblackfoundersevent.eventbrite.com/
     
    Thank you for listening, and as always, please check out the Established website and subscribe to the newsletter at: www.est.us
     
    Checkout Startup of the Year at: www.startupofyear.com/
     
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year Daily Deal Flow: www.startupofyear.com/daily-dealflow
     
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year podcast: http://startupoftheyear.libsyn.com/
     
    Subscribe to the Established YouTube Channel: https://soty.link/ESTYouTube

    • 39 min
    #0032 - Celebrating Female Founders

    #0032 - Celebrating Female Founders

    On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast we are featuring our virtual event that we hosted, Celebrating Female Founders.

    We had a great group of female-led companies presenting their pitches. The STARTUPS included: Cherry Blossom Intimates (Washington, D.C.); MITO Material Solutions (Indianapolis, IN); Pocketnest (Ann Arbor, MI); PredictivCare (Bethesda, MD); and ReThink Words (Chicago, IL)

    Additionally, the event was presided over by an incredible group of esteemed judges that included Jean Case (National Geographic, Case Impact Network); Eric Bahn (Hustle Fund); Cheryl Campos (Republic); Jesse Draper (Halogen VC); and Phil Nadel (Forefront Venture Partners)

    Congratulations to the winner of the pitch event, MITO Material Solution. Also, a huge shout out to our People's Choice Award winner, Cherry Blossom Intimates. 

    As always, please check out the Established website and subscribe to the newsletter at: www.est.us
     
    Checkout Startup of the Year at: www.startupofyear.com/
     
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year Daily Deal Flow: www.startupofyear.com/daily-dealflow
     
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year podcast: http://startupoftheyear.libsyn.com/

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    #0031 - Navigating 2020 with the Founders of ShearShare, Courtney Caldwell and Dr. Tye Caldwell

    #0031 - Navigating 2020 with the Founders of ShearShare, Courtney Caldwell and Dr. Tye Caldwell

    On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear from Courtney Caldwell and Dr. Tye Caldwell, the co-founders of ShearShare, which is the first on-demand salon and barbershop space rental app, which is also of the Startup of the Year Alumni company and Established Ventures portfolio company.
     
    During the episode, we hear some interesting insights from two Black startup entrepreneurs as they navigate the COVID-19 landscape and provide their thoughts about the Black Lives Matter movement. 

    Courtney Caldwell was named a 2019 Inc Female Founder 100 and she was the 33rd Black Female to Raise $1m. Tye Caldwell is recognized as a tech visionary and industry pioneer, whose mission is to help beauty and barbering professionals around the world maximize their earnings potential.
     
    Make sure to also tune-in to our online virtual event that we have coming up on Thursday, July 23 from 1 - 2:30 PM EDT. The event is the Startup of the Year Pitch Competition: Honoring U.S. Veteran Founders and is Presented by Established & Sponsored by .US.  RSVP to join us online!

    The event is also one of the virtual events that lead up to the 8th Annual Startup of the Year Competition & Summit which will be inline this year and take place on November 9th and 10th. The Summit will help startups elevate their brand and grow networks. The Top 100 Semi Finalists will compete for up to $20K in potential investments from Established Ventures, the championship title, and more!  Startups should apply today at startupofyear.com/application

    As always, please check out the Established website and subscribe to the newsletter at: www.est.us
     
    Checkout Startup of the Year at: www.startupofyear.com/
     
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year Daily Deal Flow: www.startupofyear.com/daily-dealflow
     
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year podcast: http://startupoftheyear.libsyn.com/

    Subscribe to the Established YouTube Channel: https://soty.link/ESTYouTube

    • 40 min
    #0030 - Investment Trends and Strategies with Investor Josef Merrill

    #0030 - Investment Trends and Strategies with Investor Josef Merrill

    On this episode of the Startup of the Year podcast, Frank Gruber talks with investor Josef Merrill about investment trends and strategies and his work at Sputnik ATX, an Austin based accelerator that funds makers and founders and helps people reach their full potential by creating an ecosystem to attract hard-working nerds, connect them with investors, and train them for success.

    Sputnik ATX's accelerator application deadline is June 30th, so make sure to apply now at: http://gust.com/programs/sputnik-atx-6-summer-2020

    Frank also talks about the Startup of the Year online virtual event that is coming up in June.  The event is: “Startups & Government - Compatible at Last,” presented by Established, where our panel will be discussing the misconception that working with the government will kill your startup.  Find out more about the event and RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startups-government-compatible-at-last-presented-by-established-tickets-108121789182

    As always, please check out the Established website and subscribe to the newsletter at: www.est.us
     
    Checkout Startup of the Year at: www.startupofyear.com/
     
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year Daily Deal Flow: www.startupofyear.com/daily-dealflow
     
    Subscribe to the Startup of the Year podcast: http://startupoftheyear.libsyn.com/

    Subscribe to the Established YouTube Channel: https://soty.link/ESTYouTube

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