Established® Announces SoLo Funds Wins Startup of the Year at the 8th Annual Startup of the Year Summit

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Chosen from 100 Early-Stage Startups to Pitch Live to Investors and Brand Leaders, SoLo Funds wins the 2020 Startup of the Year Championship. Jeenie wins .US Veteran Startup of the Year.

"This year was like no other due to the pandemic, social movements, and the election, but it’s the entrepreneurs like the ones we saw this week that give us all hope in the future.” added Frank Gruber, Co-CEO, Established and Managing Partner, Established Ventures

After a year-long, worldwide search for diverse early-stage startups, Established (the company behind Startup of the Year Summit) announced that SoLo Funds was named the Startup of the Year Champion at the first online Startup of the Year Summit on November 18. Additionally, Jeenie was named the .US Veteran Startup of the Year winning $10,000 non-dilutive cash prize.

The Los Angeles, CA startup was represented by co-founder Travis Holoway. SoLo Funds is a mobile lending exchange that allows people seeking small-dollar loans to borrow from other individuals with financial means. It connects lenders and borrowers for the purpose of providing instant affordable access to small-dollar loans. To learn more go to solofunds.com.

"I want to sincerely thank the Established / Startup of the Year team for the opportunity to be acknowledged amongst such an esteemed group of our startup peers,” Travis shared. “The companies featured in this year's Top 100 were all phenomenal and we at Team SoLo are incredibly honored to be selected as 2020's winner!"

Established Co-CEO and Managing Partner, Established Ventures Jen Consalvo stated, “This award and potential investment from Established Ventures honors the SoLo Fund team’s unstoppable vision and relentless pursuit to transform the financial industry and help millions of underserved people.”

Jeenie, based in Washington, DC, was co-founded by Kirsten Brecht Baker and her father, Richard Brecht. Jeenie is a mobile platform that connects you via video and audio calls with a live, HIPAA-trained, medical interpreter, from a mobile device or computer, for on-demand, in-person patient communication and Telehealth consultations. To find out more go to jeenie.com.

“We are very grateful to .US and Established for honoring Jeenie with the .US Veteran Startup of the Year Award. This has been an exciting year for Jeenie, winning the Startup of the Year pitch at South by Southwest and finishing the year with this iconic award from .US.” said Kirsten.

SoLo Funds and Jeenie were recognized as winners during the Startup of the Year Top 5 Finals Competition and Ceremony online on November 18, where each Finalist gave a three minute pitch with six minutes of Q&A from the All-Star Panel of Judges. The other top 5 finalist competitors included Finmark, GLASS, and Hoy Health. Overseeing the proceedings were some of the most respected names in the industry, including: Mary Grove (Bread & Butter Ventures), Karen Kerr (Exposition Ventures), Anna Mason (Rise of the Rest Fund), Dan Mindus (NextGen Venture Partners) and Lo Toney (Plexo Capital).

"This year was like no other due to the pandemic, social movements, and the election, but it’s the entrepreneurs like the ones we saw this week that give us all hope in the future,” added Frank Gruber, Co-CEO, Established and Managing Partner, Established Ventures

More information on Startup of the Year and the 2020 competition can be found on http://www.startupofyear.com.
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About Startup of the Year®
Powered by Established, the Startup of the Year program is a global competition, world-wide community, and resource to elevate startup founders. Since 2006, the Established team has discovered and supported the most promising and innovative startups from around the world 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 https://www.startupofyear.com.

About Established®
Established is a consultancy focused on helping organizations with their innovation, startup and communication strategies. Created by the talent responsible for building the Tech.Co brand (acquired in 2018), Established leverages decades of experience to help collaborators build their brand, engage audiences and accomplish their goals. For more about Established, visit https://established.us.

About .US
.US is the official country code top level domain for the United States of America. Launched in 2002, .US is the domain for anyone with a dream to chase, an idea to share, a cause to champion, or a business to promote. .US domain names can be registered by any individual, business, or organization that is a citizen of, or licensed in, the USA, including federal, state and local governments. In addition, .US may be registered by foreign entities that have a bona fide interest or presence in the United States. To learn more about .US, please visit: https://www.about.us

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