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This year, as an ode to the BuiltWorlds mission, we're celebrating 64 early stage startups in architecture, engineering, construction, real estate, and the many other sectors that make up the built environment.

WHY? Before funding and public fanfare, all young companies have humble beginnings. We want to shine a light on the best and brightest early stage startups that are helping to push our industry forward. Read about their work. Be inspired!

 
 

 
 

qualifications
 

startups must be:

  1. Early stage. We're looking for Seed or A-Round companies.

  2. Specific to the built industries. However, products/services can differ. Software, hardware, business services, tools, equipment, materials, and more are all fair game.

 
 

 
 

prizes
 

The final four contestants will each receive:

1 ticket to BuiltWorlds Summit 2017 to pitch your startup.
You'll have 5 minutes to present your company, idea, and business plan to potential investors at our annual BuiltWorlds Summit in Chicago on Thursday May 3rd.

 

The startup with the most votes at the Summit will win:  

A specially filmed video showcasing your startup.
Get noticed by thousands of people across the BuiltWorlds community and beyond.

The video will be released on YouTube as an episode of a BuiltWorlds original show and promoted via BuiltWorlds.com, our newsletter, and social media.

 
 

 

HOW DO I nominate a startup for the bracket?

Is there an early stage startup you want to see on the BuiltWorlds Bracket? Fill out the form below!
*Submission period ends February 28th

 

 
 

MARCH MADNESS VOTING SCHEDULE

Official bracket revealed on Monday March 6th

Week 1: Tuesday March 7th - Friday March 10th

Week 2: Tuesday March 14th - Friday March 17th

Week 3: Tuesday March 21st - Friday March 24th

Week 4: Tuesday March 28th - Friday March 31st

Final 4 announcement: Wednesday April 5th

 

Voting rules

Voting periods are open to the public and last from Tuesday 12:01 a.m. - Friday 11:59 p.m. CST.
At the end of each voting period, the startup with most votes advances to the next round, until we reach our final four contestants.

 
 

 

How do I vote?

Voting has not yet begun.

The official bracket will be revealed on Monday March 6th.

Return to this page to place your vote beginning on March 7th.

 

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