Code Authority President and CodeLaunch Founder, Jason W. Taylor, hosted the inaugural CodeLaunch event in 2013, but the startup competition actually dates back to 2011. Knowing Code Authority had the resources to help startups launch, the “Code Authority App Idea Competition” was created. Though it needed a better name and some fine tuning, the core values have remained the same.
With hard work and determination, the first CodeLaunch took place on September 11, 2013. CodeLaunch I looked much different than present CodeLaunch events. There were no sponsors and only 40 attendees. The idea was to put a unique spin on the software seed accelerator concept. It was all about giving deserving startups the tools they need to get off the ground.
CodeLaunch leveled up in 2015 by adding the startup expo. The tradeshow highlighted sponsors, community partners, and the finalists themselves. It also allowed startups and entrepreneurs to connect with investors through the networking afterparty.
CodeLaunch V introduced professional hackathon teams to help build out the finalists’ products. The hackathon is what sets CodeLaunch apart from other startup accelerators. Finalists leave CodeLaunch with tangible products and MVPs even if they do not place as Overall Winner.
Since its inception, CodeLaunch has accelerated numerous startups and curated thousands of applications from all over the United States and worldwide.