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Startup of the Year Press Release


100 early-stage companies will head to the innovation epicenter of Tampa, FL, to participate in Established’s annual Startup of the Year Summit

Tampa, Fl Maya AI announced today that they were selected as one of the Top 100 startups to compete and participate in the 9th Annual Startup of the Year Summit from January 25 – 27, 2022, in the innovation hub of Tampa, FL. The three-day event is powered by Established Host Partner, Embarc Collective, and presented by title Sponsor, ReliaQuest.

Startup of the Year is a community, a resource, and a competition curated specifically to elevate founders and their teams. This year – for the first time in-person since 2019 (2020 Summit was virtual) – rising startups, investors, corporate innovators, and entrepreneurial ecosystem builders will gather together in the same city to celebrate innovation and recognize the achievements of early-stage companies from across all verticals and around the world.

The startups that participate in this event, such as Maya AI, have the opportunity to grow their business, expand their connections, and elevate their brand from a global stage. They join the ranks of well-known companies that have been a part of the Startup of the Year community over the past decade, such as Aperiomics, BenjiLock, Groupon, GrubHub, Maxwell Health, re:3D, ShearShare, and Uber.

This year, the Top 100 will compete for up to $50K in potential investment, the championship title, the People’s Choice Award presented by ReliaQuest, and other prizes. Speakers include Jeff Vinik, Chairman and Governor, Tampa Bay Lightning; Erica Duignan Minnihan, Co-founder and General Partner, Reign Ventures, McKeever (Mac) Conwell, II, Founding, and Managing Partner, RareBreed Ventures; Jenn Lim, Co-founder, and CEO, Delivering Happiness; Blake Hall, Founder, and CEO,, and many more.

“Having hosted startup gatherings for over a decade, all over the country, Established has seen the increased need to create experiences that work harder for the attendees, creating opportunities to build relationships with growth and positive outcomes in mind. This is what Summit is about,“ added Jen Consalvo, Co-CEO of Established. “We’re excited to have Tampa as of this year’s backdrop.”

Before 2020’s virtual event, Startup of the Year brought startups and investors to Downtown Las Vegas, San Jose, San Francisco, Boston, and Memphis.

Get on the list for updates on live streaming and the People’s Choice Awards (sponsored by ReliaQuest):

Interested in the Startup of the Year community?

For more information, contact Sat Ramphal, CEO of Maya AI

About Startup of the Year®

Powered by Established, the Startup of the Year program is a global competition, worldwide community, and resource to elevate startup founders. Since 2006, the Established team has discovered and supported the most promising and innovative startups worldwide via this annual competition, its Investment Community, Daily Dealflow™ newsletter, Startup of the Year Podcast, Activation Events, and more. For more about the Startup of the Year program, visit

About Established®

Established is a consultancy focused on helping organizations with their innovation, Startup, and communication strategies. They were created by the talent responsible for building the Tech. Co-brand (acquired in 2018), Established leverages decades of experience to help collaborators develop their brand, engage audiences, and accomplish their goals. For more about Established, visit

About Maya AI

Maya is an AI business assistant for growth by helping to manage up to 50% of admin work. She predicts what startups need to be doing next in their business for growth, why it needs to accomplish and communicates the task to the relevant vendor to complete. Maya guides founders from ideation to launch and then in growth mode. She learns, thinks, speaks, and works on your business. A typical founder can spend up to 70% of their day drowned in admin tasks, trying to figure out what to do and how to get it done.

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