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Startup Weekend Competition delayed by Ian is now set for April 14-16, 2023!

This April, budding entrepreneurs will be competing at Babcock Ranch to see whose tech startup idea merits investment to get their product to the market.

The 54-hour event will bring together 60 innovators to pitch their ideas, and then form teams to further develop the ideas the competitors themselves determine have the greatest potential.  With guidance from an impressive team of volunteer mentors, and the opportunity to iterate their concepts in Babcock High School’s state-of-the-art Make Tank, the teams will create product prototypes and develop comprehensive business plans under a very tight deadline. 

The start-up challenge culminates with five-minute presentations to the judges who will award $10,000 worth of investments in pre-seed round to help launch the winning idea into a successful business.

All who were pre-registered awaiting confirmation of the new date will receive an email with opportunity to confirm your availability to compete.  If you have not pre-registered, click on the link below to reserve your spot. There’s no cost to participate.




Who’s Eligible?

This competition is open to Innovators of ALL ages who have ideas for launching a new business that leverages technology to deliver products and services in new ways. Examples of businesses based on a tech idea: Discord (Social Media Tech); Tempus (Health-Tech); Stripe (Fin-Tech); AEye (Artificial Intelligence); Duolingo (Ed-Tech).

How Do I Apply?

It’s easy!  Just click on the link below and fill out the form.  There is no cost to compete – and thanks to our generous sponsors, meals will be provided throughout the weekend.

Ways to Get Involved

Mentors – Business leaders, technology developers, and growth hackers (social media marketing specialists) share their expertise throughout the weekend, coaching and cajoling teams to get them to the finish line.

Judges – Venture capitalists and business leaders who are contributing to the prize package awarded at the close of the competition are the ones who get to determine which ideas merit their investment.


Title Sponsor - $50,000

Promotional materials, press releases and event signage will brand TechXpedition as “presented by (title sponsor)”; Speaking role to welcome all participants at the opening dinner and announce the winner at the close of the competition; Table of 8 for the opening and closing events; Prominent logo on event shirts and all other collateral materials.

Bytes Hospitality Sponsor - $15,000

Recognition at the opening and closing events (preferential seating for up to 8 participants); speaking opportunity at Saturday morning breakfast; identified as meal sponsor in all event itineraries and signage; prominent placement of logo on all collateral materials.

TechXpedition Leaders - $10,000

Introduction during opening dinner and awards ceremony; speaking opportunity at a lunch event (your preference); named as sponsors of participant access to the Make Tank in collaterals and event signage; placement of logo on all collateral materials. Preferential seating for four at the opening and closing events.

Collaboration Patrons - $5,000

Recognition during opening and closing events; named as sponsors of spaces for team breakout work sessions at the event site; placement of logo on all collateral materials.

Innovation Boosters - $1,200

Recognition during opening and closing events; two tickets to attend opening, closing and the awards reception/celebration; placement of logo on all collateral materials.

Host Team

TechXpedition is produced by MoAloo Ventures and hosted by Babcock Ranch


About MoAloo Ventures

MoAloo Ventures is a venture capital firm that brings ideas to life. Led by Babcock Ranch resident Priya Ahluwalia, MoAloo incubates startups and helps take them to the next level in exchange for equity. The firm specializes in tech/digital startups – providing expertise in:

  1. Strategy – High-level corporate development strategy (business plans & pitch decks)
  2. Growth – Revenue growth, partnerships, business plan execution
  3. Management Consulting – Operations, Finance, Marketing, HR, Legal & Technology Administration

Technology Administration Contact

Priya Ahluwalia


Phone: 415.802.5001

About Babcock Ranch

Located in Southwest Florida, America’s first solar-powered town is setting a whole new standard for smart, sustainable growth. The triple-bottom line balance between environmental, economic, and social sustainability – paired with an innovation mindset – makes Babcock Ranch an ideal living laboratory for companies with a vision for a smarter, greener, more sustainable future to innovate, collaborate and thrive.

Apply to TechXpedition

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*Please note – There is NO obligation for the winning team to provide any equity in exchange for the cash award.


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