Compete to Win Seed Funding

Compete to win services which can accelerate startups toward the MVP milestone. Winners will be assigned a Code Authority or Improving product development team in addition to other critical services startup founders need such as leadership coaching, financial, legal, design, and marketing consulting, all from industry professionals.

CodeLaunch sponsors and partners provide more than $50K in seed services to the overall winner. Get the 2018 Benefits Details here.


Judges and Emcee

Michael Rondelli

Associate VP of Innovation

& Commercialization at UNT

2018 CL Judge

Michael Chaffin

Founder of Three Commas

Business Manager, Nelly

2018 CL Judge

Madison McClure

CodeLaunch 2017 Winner

Co-Founder of Cortex

2018 CL Judge


2018 Benefits

Our sponsors are proud to offer the following seed services to the Finalists and Overall Winners of CodeLaunch 2018. The total value of benefits will exceed $50,000 this year!

  • $17.4k
  • 3 Day Design & Build by
  • Hackathon Team
  • Offered to Overall Winners
  • $17.4k
  • 3 Day Design & Build by
  • Hackathon Team
  • Offered to Overall Winners
  • $5,000
  • Product Design
  • Consulting Workshop
  • Offered to Overall Winners
  • $5,000
  • General Counsel
  • Trademark and IP Services
  • Offered to Overall Winners
  • $2,500
  • Business Plan Workshop
  • Offered to All Finalists
  • $2,500
  • Pitch Deck &
  • Delivery Coaching
  • Offered to All Finalists

Interested in sponsoring or sponsorship benefits?

Send inquiries to ideas@codeauthority.com


Seed Accelerator by the Numbers:


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Answers to All of Your CodeLaunch Questions


  • What does CodeLaunch cost startups?

    • CodeLaunch has never cost to apply or compete, nor is equity granted in a contract to win or earn the benefits provided by sponsors and partners.

  • What's the Event Schedule?

    • Quarterfinalists, Semi-Finalists, and Finalists will be announced via website and social media.
    • Deadline for Applications is May 31 at 11:59pm CDT.
    • Quarterfinalists Wednesday, June 6.
    • Semi-Finalists June 12.
    • Semi-Finalists Pitches June 18 – June 29.
    • 30 quarterfinalists and a few alternates will be selected as semi-finalists and invited to select pitch slots between Monday, June 18 and Friday, June 29, at 11am, 2pm, and 4pm each day. Each pitch slot can be in-person at Code Authority or virtual via Skype. Each pitch meeting slot is exactly 30 minutes and the actual pitch must be exactly 5 minutes.
    • Finalists: Monday, July 9.
    • Approximately 5 finalists will be selected and notified on or before Monday, July 9.
    • Drive Influence Pitch Coaching Workshop for Finalists: TBA prior to Friday, July 27.
    • CodeLaunch Startup Expo: Wednesday, August 1.
    • 3 Day Winners Hackathon at Code Authority and at Improving begins Thursday, August 2 at 3pm and lasts through Saturday, August 4 at 3pm.
  • Is CodeLaunch for me?

    • If you have a pre-MVP software or app idea, CodeLaunch is for you!

  • How do I apply?

  • What kinds of ideas can I pitch? Can someone steal my ideas?

    • We welcome all software and app ideas!

    • All applicants are required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

  • If I have already worked on my idea, can I still apply?

    • Yes, if the work does not constitute a Minimum Viable Product (working prototype).

  • How does the selection process work?

    • After the application deadline has been reached on June 1st 2018, Code Authority’s CodeLaunch Committee will initiate a review process to determine quarterfinalists, semi-finalists, and the subsequent five teams to showcase their idea on Pitch Day.

  • CodeLaunch is awesome! How can I get more involved?

    • If you have not applied to participate in the competition, be sure to reserve your attendance! You can also sponsor CodeLaunch if you’d like. For more information, e-mail ideas@codeauthority.com


  • How does CodeLaunch work?

    • We open the event with our Pitch Day competition where five competitors will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. After the winners are selected, the Startup Expo begins. At the Startup Expo, you can network with investors, venture capitalists, and the entrepreneurial community. Winners also have the potential of earning over $50,000 in seed services.

  • What is Pitch Day and how does it work?

    • Five competitors will present their ideas to a panel of judges, during a five-minute pitch. After the presentations, a brief recess will be taken by the judges to determine the winners.

  • What is the Startup Expo and how does it work?

    • The Startup Expo is an event designed to get CodeLaunch attendees in front of investors, business owners, and entrepreneurial community. CodeLaunch sponsors will also have tables demonstrating the newest and hottest emerging technologies.

  • How are winners selected? What criteria are the presenters judged on?

    • A panel of five judges will select categorical and overall winners based on financial potential, creativity, and concept feasibility.


  • What can I expect if I win?

    • Code Authority and Improving's teams of software engineers will each engage in a three-day hackathon on behalf of the two winners' product concepts on August 2-4 at the Code Authority headquarters in Frisco, TX, and the Improving office in Plano, TX. Both teams will be dedicated to creating and building well-architected code whether that be a POC or progress toward an MVP. Winners and finalists will also benefit from services-in-kind provided by select CodeLaunch sponsors, as well as a chance to establish a partnership with Code Authority in the weeks that follow the event.