Startup Arlington Opens Soon

Startup Arlington is an award-winning initiative created to promote Arlington as a technology and startup friendly community on a national level.

For a few months, Arlington, VA hosts one startup technology company that wants to build and expand its vision in our backyard. From lodging to workspace to transportation, Arlington invites entrepreneurs to live their dream with support from Arlington, VA and its 2019 business partners.


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Excited to Apply? Here's What to Expect

Step 1: Application Period

The application consists of basic personal and company information, assessment of company growth/financial traction and the submission of a business plan and pitch deck.   

Step 2: Filter Applications and Engage Judges

Our team will filter the applications based on an internal scoring rubric. Judges from within the community will provide feedback and a score. 

Step 3: Finalists Are Chosen 

Our team will notify finalists and each one will be asked to prepare a 1-minute video to tell us why your company would be a good fit for Arlington. 

Step 4: Public Voting Opens

Open period for the public to vote for the company that they think should be the winner of Startup Arlington! 

Step 5: Winner Announcement

We will notify the winner and send out a press release. 

Winner Lives in Arlington: January – May 2019

Our team will work closely with the winning company to make sure they get the most out of their experience in Arlington - connecting them with the right partners and providing opportunities for you to network with peers, potential clients and investors. 


Eligibility Criteria    

Before you apply, confirm that you meet a few basic criteria:

  • You must be the CEO and/or Founder of an existing tech company.  
  • You must be at least 21 years old at the time you complete your application. 
  • Your startup cannot be in the Washington, D.C. Metro region currently. Specific exclusions apply. 
  • The winner must live in Arlington County throughout the competition period.

2019 Startup Arlington Partners 

Thanks to our partners this year, the Startup Arlington winner gets an unforgettable experience to grow their business in the Washington D.C. region. Here’s a breakdown of the prize package and the companies working with you to help grow your business during your stay in Arlington.  

Arlington Transportation PartnersChasing DragonsMarriott Residence InnMAVA
Rosslyn Business Improvement DistrictSpaces | UVA Darden School of Business (Rosslyn Campus) 

    For more information about Startup Arlington, please contact Natalie Monkou. We also encourage you to read the FAQs, learn more about last year's winner and check out our previous partners.


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