Startup Showdown

Submit your application now for a chance at winning a

$15,000 grand prize and more!

The Startup Showdown is a must-attend event for investors, unmanned systems entrepreneurs and technology innovators. We are seeking early-stage, disruptive companies who are creating, innovating or enhancing unmanned systems technologies and applications.


Application and Selection Process

Interested companies must complete the Startup Showdown Application by Friday, January 13, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by an expert panel of judges, and all applicants will be notified by Monday, January 23, 2017 if they have been selected to be a semi-finalist.

Sixteen semi-finalists will be invited to attend AUVSI's XPONENTIAL 2017, and will participate in a closed panel session with our venture capitalist judges on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. This closed session is an opportunity for the judges to spend a few minutes with each founder, and to ask initial questions about their product or service and its potential. Each semi-finalist will present for ten minutes and will have five minutes to answer questions from the judges.

Three finalists will emerge from the closed session to compete in the Startup Showdown final round on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

During the Startup Showdown Final Round, finalists will have six minutes each to pitch their business to the panel, and will then have a six-minute live question and answer session with the judges. All XPONENTIAL 2017 attendees and exhibitors will be invited to attend.

Participant Criteria

Participants should meet the following criteria:

  • Early-stage startup approaching Series A funding or between Series A and Series B
  • Product or service offering should aim to enhance unmanned systems technologies and processes in a unique or distinctive way
  • Demonstrate clear growth potential and scalable investment opportunities

Semifinalists Perks

Semifinalists will receive the following:

  • Space in the Startup Pavilion located in the XPO Hall
  • Three (3) XPO Hall Passes
  • Company description featured on the XPONENTIAL Startup Showdown webpage
  • Three (3) invitations to the First Time Attendee Reception Monday, May 8, 2017

Grand Prize

The Startup Showdown winner will receive:

  • $15,000 Cash prize
  • One-on-one consulting time with the judges
  • One (1) complimentary pass to attend AUVSI's Startup Connection

Ready to get started? Submit your application HERE