What to know about the Startup Of The Year Summit and its Top 100 Startups:

Startup Of The Year Summit 2020

  • The Startup Of The Year Summit is a free, virtual event running from November 16-18
  • Programming includes conversations with prominent founders, VC professionals, pitch events, and more
  • You can register for the event here

Top 100 Startups

  • Four Minnesota startups — Fulcrum, Otrafy, RadWave, and Vonzella — are in the running
  • The competition is broken up into four categories: Fintech & Security, Health, Wellness, Medtech & Biotech, Platform Technology, AR/VR, AI & Robotics, Social Impact, Lifestyle & Culture, EdTech, Smart Cities
  • Each of the 100 companies will pitch over the course of the summit, eventually leading to the Top 5 Finalist pitch event on November 18
  • Mary Grove, Managing Partner of Bread & Butter Ventures, is a Top 5 judge for the competition
  • All Top 100 Startup participants are eligible for a $20,000 investment from Established Ventures

Learn more about the four Minnesota companies competing in the Top 100 Startups event (descriptions from Startup Of The Year Summit):


What would manufacturing look like if it was networked like servers are? It would need a platform not built on paper processes, implementation friction, and hyper-niche design. FulcrumHQ is that platform.

Read more about Fulcrum’s $3.1 million seed round.


Otrafy is an AI-powered supplier management software that manages and optimizes supplier quality assurance, helping food manufacturers by providing actionable insights to mitigate vendor associated supply chain risks.


A customizable electromagnetic tracking platform that is accurate, modular, and works in any setting. Supplying key components for the Image-Guided & Robotic Surgery Market.


Vonzella aims to help low-income people who’ve been arrested, but can’t afford to pay bail, through a cost-sharing system, something that’s sort of like, but also is different, from insurance.