The Patron Program

The photo above is a crowd of startups cheering for the Patrons who gave them the opportunity to attend Startupfest! The Patron Program is unique to Startupfest, and something we’re incredibly proud of. This program is your free ticket into the Fest (literally). Created for the bootstrapped, early stage startups, this program allows a startup to attend Startupfest for free. ($50 commitment fee). For every Patron ticket purchased, a startup that could not otherwise afford it gets the chance to attend Startupfest. If you meet the application criteria, you can apply for a “Patroned” pass, for the chance to be selected, OR find a patron to nominate you.

To apply for a “Patroned” ticket, you simply fill out the application form below. Patroned tickets are awarded in the form of a lottery. It is not merit based and the number of startups that are granted with Patroned tickets is directly related to the number of Patron tickets sold. One for one.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Startup must be less than 2 years old – Must have raised less than $250,000 in funding – Can not have received a Patroned ticket more than 2 years in a row.

PLEASE NOTE: Should you receive a Patroned ticket, and already have a ticket to Startupfest, you are not eligible for a refund. Only one person per startup may be awarded a Patroned ticket.


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This Program would not be possible, and Startupfest would not be the same, without the support and generosity of the Patrons. As a Patron, not only do you get that warm and fuzzy feeling for having helped a startup in need, but you also get a little love on our website, social media, and your name (or company name) appears on the badge of every startup you patron. You are also identified on site as a Patron, which encourages a little extra love from our audience (because it seriously wouldn’t be the same without you).

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