We received 25 applications from Huntsville, Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham and Mobile and selected 16 semifinalists who participated in a VIP-only semifinal session in the morning and a Startup Village open to Standard and VIP ticket holders.

At the Startup Village, the semifinalists hosted individual tables showcasing their startups to the public during breaks between panels. 

At 5:30PM the Startup Village closed and we announced the 7 lucky finalists.

Meet the 2016 Will This Fly? Semifinalists

 
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Seven lucky finalists will pitched their startup to the full audience and the judge panel. This year we had another outstanding group of judges participating in the event. Judges are experienced entrepreneurs, investors and key staff from regional startup accelerators. Our current batch includes representation from PROJECTXYZBoostphaseAlabama Launchpad (a program of EDPA), the Innovation Depot's Velocity AcceleratorGIGTANK, and the Tonic Regional Fund.

Judges

 

Stephen Fleming
Boostphase

Devon Laney
Innovation Depot

Lisa Williams
Chimaera

Kim Lewis
PROJECTXYZ

Alex Lavidge
GIGTANK

Audience Award

 
While the judges retired to deliberate, the audience voted for their favorite Startup.

While the judges retired to deliberate, the audience voted for their favorite Startup.

 

$20K+ In Prizes

 

1st Place

Prize Presented by
$4,000 Cash Rocket Hatch
Invitation to the Startup of the Year competition finals at the Celebrate Conference in September
5K American Airline Business Extra points to travel to the conference
Tech.co
12 months of Coworking Huntsville West

2nd Place

Prize Presented by
$2,000 Cash Rocket Hatch
Invitation to the Startup of the Year competition finals at the Celebrate Conference in September
5K American Airline Business Extra points to travel to the conference
Tech.co
4 months of Coworking Huntsville West

Popular Vote

Prize Presented by
$1,000 Cash Rocket Hatch
2 months of Coworking Huntsville West

Additional Benefits for all Semifinalists

  • Mentorship prior to the event
  • Raising Early Startup Funding class by InCrowd Capital
  • Video Clinic by Camisary
  • Local exposure at semifinals and Startup Village
  • Connections to regional investors, accelerators and entrepreneurs