History of CodeLaunch: National Startup Pitch Competition

CodeLaunch Past, Present, and Future

Past

Past

CodeLaunch is an annual seed accelerator competition between individuals and groups who have software technology startup ideas. The event was founded by Code Authority, a software development company in Frisco, TX in 2012. Since its inception, CodeLaunch has accelerated numerous startup companies and has curated over 1,000 applications from all across the United States and Worldwide. The purpose of the competition is to accelerate the best startups with mission-critical seed services provided by sponsors. There’s no cost nor surrendered equity to participate in the competition and all ideas are protected under an NDA.

Present

Present

From March 1st to June 30th, the public can submit their software ideas through the CodeLaunch website. Each application includes a mutual non-disclosure agreement to protect the idea and applicant. After the June 30th deadline, a vetting and curation process is performed by the leadership team at Code Authority and finalists are selected to pitch their idea to a panel of judges, investors, and attendees at the annual CodeLaunch Startup Expo. The curation process will include criteria that emphasizes: size of the project, potential for competition, subject matter appeal, and business acumen of the applicants. The competition is open to anyone regardless of location as long as they are able to travel to Frisco, Texas, in the event they’re selected to pitch their idea as a finalist.

Future

Future

In the fall of 2019, Code Authority (and CodeLaunch) merged with Dallas-based and national technology consulting company Improving (find out more here). A key strategic element of this merger was the future of CodeLaunch. Improving strongly aligns itself with Conscious Capitalism, a growing movement in American business. As such, it turns out the CodeLaunch model of altruistically providing startups with critical pre-seed services is also highly aligned with Conscious Capitalism and Improving’s cultural identity and core values. We are thrilled to be planning a national (and potentially continental) tour of CodeLaunch, which will begin in the Spring of 2021 and visit at least 4 Improving markets per year, including DFW. Follow our YouTube channel and social media channels to keep up with forthcoming details about the 2021 CodeLaunch tour!

Timeline

2020 CodeLaunch VIII
Comerica Center

Finalists:
AuthentifyArt (San Marcos, CA)
DreamDesk (Las Vegas, NV)
MotoClerk (St. Petersburg, FL)
Durable Alpha (Dallas, TX)
avoMD (New York City, NY)
Talkien (Moscow, Russia)
CocoTruck (Seoul, South Korea)
Service(s) Won
TBD
Notable:
TBD
Rocket

2019 CodeLaunch VII
Comerica Center

Service(s) Won:
3GStrong– 3-Day Professional Hackathon (Improving)
CharaChorder Code Authority)
MEU Swipe – 3-Day Professional Hackathon (Code Authority)
Notable:
First year with 3 professional hackathon teams and 3 winning finalists.
First year that hackathon products were presented on-stage to audience.

2018 CodeLaunch VI
Dr. Pepper Arena

Service(s) Won:
KidStrong– 3-Day Professional Hackathon (Code Authority)
CountertopSmart– 3-Day Professional Hackathon (Improving)
Notable:
Added additional software development company hackathon for additional winner (Improving)

2017 CodeLaunch V
Dr. Pepper Arena

Service(s) Won:
3-Day Professional Hackathon Accelerated MVP Services
Notable:
Launched Cortex's 3-day professional product hackathon model

2016 CodeLaunch IV
Dr. Pepper Arena

Service(s) Won:
Accelerated MVP Services
Notable:
First year at Comerica Center

2015 CodeLaunch III
3001 Dallas Parkway 8th Floor

Finalists:
trophy Key2Close (Boise, ID)
Skrible (Lewisville, TX)
Pyli (Fort Worth, TX)
SalesFlash
A.A.L. (Jackson, MS)
Service(s) Won:
$75,000 in MVP Development Services
Notable:
1st out-of-state winner (Idaho)

2014 CodeLaunch II
NTEC Conference Center

Finalists:
trophy InspireVive (Houston, TX)
eCharts (Weatherford, TX)
Emigo (Dallas, TX)
GS (Tyler, TX)
Texas Divorce Guide (Dallas, TX)
Service(s) Won:
$85,000 in MVP Development Services
Notable:
First Finalist outside of Dallas-Fort Worth

2013 CodeLaunch I
NTEC Conference Center

Finalists:
RentEval (Dallas, TX)
Varsity Quad
Well Being Challenge (Frisco, TX)
Show Ready Services (Fort Worth, TX)
Fluid Pro
Wingman
Service(s) Won:
$125,000 in MVP Development Services
Notable:
RentEval was acquired by a 3rd party in 2014 and was the first CodeLaunch “exit”.

2011-2012 Pre CodeLaunch

Finalists:
trophy JayMed Technology (Irving, TX)
trophy School Office Pro (Richardson, TX)
Notable:
Code Authority incubated the School Office Pro team at it's Parkwood Dr. location for 2 years. We provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in services, infrastructure, mentoring, product development and sales team support during this time. This support helped School Office Pro raise over $400K during and after this period. SOP still exists and is thriving today thanks to CodeLaunch.

History At A Glance

CodeLaunch Startup Expo by the numbers:

8th

annual CL Seed Accelerator event

$4.60M

in seed funding raised by CL

$749K

in seed services value since inception

22

accelerated CL startups

$7.22M

in revenue generated by CL finalists

$150K

or more in seed services this year

History At A Glance

These Startups Crushed it at CodeLaunch!

Recent CodeLaunch accelerated startups with strong upward trajectories.

Riley Keen - Founder

Riley Keen - Founder

Charachorder
Matthew Lewis - Founder, CEO

Matthew Lewis - Founder, CEO

Common Edits
Maximilian Von Brand - Founder<br />
Stephen Levin - Founder

Maximilian Von Brand - Founder
Stephen Levin - Founder

ParkupFront
John Clark - Founder, CEO<br />
Nicholas Powell - Founder, COO

John Clark - Founder, CEO
Nicholas Powell - Founder, COO

ProsRent
Jamie Peden - Co-Founder<br />
Kelly Starnes - Co-Founder

Jamie Peden - Co-Founder
Kelly Starnes - Co-Founder

3GStrong