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10th CodeLaunch is Coming Home to DFW

By CA Staff Blogger October 5, 2021

CodeLaunch is celebrating its 10th event helping early-stage tech startups with its unique spin on the seed accelerator model. Aligned with the ideals of conscious capitalism, CodeLaunch supports the startup ecosystem by awarding deserving startups with the invaluable services they need to launch. Since its inception, CodeLaunch has given over $900,000 in services to Finalists and the Overall Winners since 2013.

CodeLaunch DFW 2021 Finalists Announced:

Congratulations to our CodeLaunch DFW 2021 finalists, who will compete in our main event on November 17th!

US Commercial Finalists

Autix Automotive, Jake Hamann, McKinney, TX

Ducie Club, Ron Williams, Lynden, WA

Phix Health, Mark Schultz, Dallas, TX

Vulcan Grills, Fred Leavitt, San Diego, CA

Student Founder Finalist

Chat Plays, Matias Barcelo, Rockwall, TX

Each of these incredible startups will receive a professional product development hackathon from one of our seed sponsors. They will work together for 24 hours prior to our final event to prepare their product for the competition. 

Dallas-based technology company Dialexa will provide a hackathon team for CodeLaunch. 

“Honestly this is a part of our culture. So, it’s a perfect alignment. It’s a beautiful shared community conversation that happens in these Hackathons. It is incredibly competitive, but it’s also cooperative.”

– Kristen Darby, VP of Marketing for Dialexa

Only one startup will win, but every finalist will walk out with valuable investments already made to their startup because of the time their Hackathon sponsor’s team spent working on their product.

“A lot of times when you are a startup, especially at this stage, it’s really difficult,” Barcelo said. “Especially when you’re a student and don’t have a job yet. So, events like CodeLaunch are perfect for people like me.”

– Matias Barcelo, Founder of Chat Plays

As a full-time student in college, Matias Barcelo landed in the finals as the best of the Student Founder category after the 8-week CodeLaunch curation process and being selected by the Allata hackathon team.

What is CodeLaunch?

Produced by Improving, CodeLaunch is a combination of a seed accelerator competition, tech tradeshow, startup conference, and raucous networking event! CodeLaunch sponsors and partners put thousands of dollars in professional seed services behind the winners of its national seed accelerator competition.

CodeLaunch was founded in 2013. Jason W. Taylor, CodeLaunch Founder and President, wanted to help startups who were investible but for their technology holding up closing funding deals. With Code Authority’s (now Improving Frisco) resources, he made it happen.

CodeLaunch has evolved into a traveling seed accelerator and startup expo. The first CodeLaunch event held outside of DFW was CodeLaunch ATL 2021, which took place on August 18th, 2021. Based on the turnout and community interest in Atlanta, the forthcoming CodeLaunch North American World Tour is going to blow the doors off the national startup ecosystem.

What makes CodeLaunch truly unique is the professional hackathon. Local “dev shops” come together to build out as much of each Finalists’ MVP as possible. The Finalists then demo these products live and for the first time in front of the CodeLaunch audience, who then vote for a winner. CodeLaunch DFW 2021 hackathon teams are provided by Dialexa, Leverture, Allata, Improving Dallas, and Code Authority.

CodeLaunch is aligned with the ideals of conscious capitalism, believing that business can be socially responsible and, ultimately, ethically good. One of the ways CodeLaunch exemplifies this philosophy is by making the competition free to apply with no equity surrendered by the applicants. This means startups have nothing to lose and everything to gain by applying. In addition, CodeLaunch gives away surplus exhibitor space to local startups for free, allowing them to network with angels and investors.

Join Us at CodeLaunch DFW 2021!

CodeLaunch is coming home and will take place at the Comerica Center in Frisco, TX on November 17th, 2021. Reserve your spot today!

Media Inquiries:

If you would like to cover the event or learn more about what we do, please email Shelby.Sansone@Improving.com.

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