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November 5th, 2020
Comerica Center - Frisco, TX

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Compete to Win Seed Services

What do you get when you combine a seed accelerator competition, tech tradeshow, a startup conference, and a raucous networking event?

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CodeLaunch sponsors and partners put thousands of dollars in professional seed services behind the winners of its national seed accelerator competition. CodeLaunch has become a unique and critical amenity to pre-MVP startups.


At the core of CodeLaunch is an annual seed accelerator competition between individuals and groups who have software technology startup ideas.

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2020 Seed Services

Code Authority
3 Pros, 24 Hours
Hackathon Team
One Finalist
3 Pros, 24 Hours
Hackathon Team
One Finalist
3 Pros, 24 Hours
Hackathon Team
One Finalist
3 Devs, 24 Hours
Advanced Student Team
Student Finalist
Legal Services
All Finalists
Social Media Torch
Social Media
Winner & 1 Other Finalist
Preparing for Funding
All Finalists Present
3 Pros, 24 Hours
Hackathon Team
One Finalist
Last year, CodeLaunch provided over $120,000 in seed services to Finalists
Professional Hackathon Teams Sponsored By
Hackathon Support
Additional Sponsors and Partners

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CodeLaunch provides seed services that are invaluable to early-stage startups. Sponsors and partners help guide winning startup ventures down the path of success while minimizing their financial risk. To learn more about the benefits of CodeLaunch and the experience of last year’s winners, click on the video below.

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 Curation Schedule?

    • Quarterfinalists, Semi-Finalists, and Finalists will be announced via website and social media.
    • Deadline for Applications is July 3rd at 11:59pm CDT.
    • Quarter-Finalists will be announced July 14th.
    • Semi-Finalists will be announced July 22nd.
    • 30 quarter-finalists and a few alternates will be selected as semi-finalists and invited to select pitch slots between August 3rd and August 14th, 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 will be announced August 17th.
    • Pitch Coaching Workshop for finalists will be announced prior to September 8th.
    • CodeLaunch Startup Expo: November 5th.
    • 3-day professional hackathon for winners begins November 1st at 3 p.m. and lasts through November 4th at 3 p.m.
  • Is CodeLaunch right for my Startup?

    • Yes, as long as your startup is dependent on software development expertise to get to the MVP stage, and you are not already at the MVP stage.
  • What is required to apply?

    • All you need is a polished pitch deck in PDF format, and realistic looking mockups or polished UI/UX wireframes, representing what you want to build. CodeLaunch does not take money, or equity, from applicants.
  • How do I apply?

    • The application window for CodeLaunch will close on July 3rd, 2020. Click here to apply.
  • What kinds of ideas can I pitch? Can someone steal my ideas?

    • We welcome all software and app ideas!
    • All applicants execute a mutually binding NDA with Code Authority binding both parties. Nobody has ever had their idea stolen by participating in CodeLaunch in our history.
  • If I have already worked on my idea, can I still apply?

    • Yes, if the software product you are using in the course of business does not constitute a strict definition of “Minimally Viable Product”.
  • How does the selection process work?

    • After the application deadline on July 3rd, Code Authority’s CodeLaunch Selection Committee will initiate a review process to determine quarterfinalists, semi-finalists, and subsequent finalists 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, email


  • How does CodeLaunch work?

    • We open the event with our Pitch Day competition where three 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 to earn thousands of dollars in seed services. Learn more about the previous CodeLaunch winners and awarded seed services on our History Page.
  • What is Pitch Day and how does it work?

    • Three competitors will present their ideas to a panel of judges during a five-minute pitch. After the presentations, the judges panel will engage in a Q&A session with each finalist. Afterwhich, the audience will then have the opportunity to vote for the winner via an SMS poll.
  • 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?

    • After each finalist’s presentation and a brief Q&A session by the judges, the audience will have the opportunity to vote for the overall winner. Each finalist will receive a pro-hackathon in the three days prior to the event but the overall winner will be eligible for more seed services from additional vendors. Finalists will be judged on financial potential, creativity, and concept feasibility.
  • Is there a virtual option at CodeLaunch events?

    • No. We believe our event has the most impact on the startups and the Startup Expo generates the most connections when it’s “in person”. Additionally, the startups sometime have concerns about their concept / idea getting out in the wild at this early stage.


  • What can I expect if I win?

    • Every CodeLaunch finalist has already won, whether the crowd votes for them as their winner or not. The overall winner will be eligible for more seed services from some additional vendors. All finalists receive a pro-hackathon in the three days prior to the event and walk off the stage with that code and working product in hand – well equipped to gain interest and raise funding from angels, VCs, and others. Code Authority will always be interested in an equity for services deal after the event if an amicable arrangement can be met. CodeLaunch finalists are poised for success and ready for the world’s best accelerators!