Relocation to the Greater Louisville Area
You must be willing to locate your company headquarters and at least one full-time founder to Jefferson County, Kentucky or Clark or Floyd counties in Indiana for at least one year after selection.
We welcome applications from any location and can provide personalized relocation services through our partners.
The $100,000 is invested through a SAFE (simple agreement for future equity), with a $2.5 M post money valuation cap.
The full terms of the SAFE will be available at a later date.
$100,000 investment to grow your startup.
We launched the Render Competition to make venture-style funding more accessible to early-stage startups.
We want to support the high-potential startups that need initial seed money to build and scale their solutions.
2023 Render Competition Timeline
- Application opens on Monday, April 3rd
- Application closes on Sunday, May 14th at 11:59 pm CT
- Stage 1 Judging is from 5/14 - 5/25
- Stage 2 Applications open on 06/01 and close on 6/11
- Stage 2 Judging is 6/12 - 7/26
- Stage 3 virtual pitch is mid-August
- Stage 3 Judging is in late August
Building a startup is hard. Funding it is oftentimes harder.
The Render Competition invests $100,000 into eight companies each year, encouraging their growth within and beyond our region. We cast a wide net, opening up applications to startups from anywhere, and then our community of judges work to identify the eight, most promising companies. The winners are required to locate within the Greater Louisville region and our team and network of partners will provide tailored support.
What founders are saying
“We are now experiencing firsthand, what founders of other Render portfolio companies have told us all along, they go out of their way to open doors of opportunity and help us grow our business through their network. We knew the Render Competition was an opportunity worth competing for!”
"Unitonomy pursued the Render Competition to gain the support of the region’s first venture fund for early-stage startups. Render’s support supplied a strong signal for our business, provided us with a partner to help build relationships, plus 100-thousand financial reasons!"
“We figured there was all upside in participating regardless of our outcome and were very fortunate to have made it through to our selection as a winner in 2022 cohort. It was one of the best and most impactful decisions we made in our startup’s history. "