A Unique experience for investors

At Startup Mountain summit, investors spend their time connecting with startups, not sorting through the crowd.

We make that happen for you in two ways: through our Investor Pitch Book, and our investor-centered Pitch Night event.

Investor Pitch Book

Before the event, we source the most important information from fundraising Startups (i.e. Problem, industry, solution, team, etc.).

Then, we compile it into a searchable spreadsheet and our printed Investor Pitch Book. All information is categorized so Investors can find the perfect matches.

Pitch Night

At Pitch Night, we invite 5 of the most interesting startups to pitch their company in 5 minutes or less. We also invite a few new investment funds to pitch. Then we break out into a booth style showcase event.

Investor VIP Perks

Investors receive special perks at Startup Mountain:

  • private area for 1:1 connections with potential startups
  • exclusive lounge area for investors and venture funds
  • dedicated volunteers to provide you with drinks, snacks, and access to the staff you need during the event

It’s our mission to provide unique experiences for attendees and Investors are key partners to provide a unique moments for the startups in attendance. We’re happy to help in any way that we can.


Meet the Organizers

FoundersForge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit in Northeast Tennessee that believes in the underdog entrepreneurs of the Appalachian Highlands and in helping them on their startup journeys.

A diverse group of entrepreneurs came together to launch FoundersForge and we continue to be an independent entrepreneur led organization. Our focus is on providing startup community events, 1-on-1 coaching, and other impactful programming to our region’s entrepreneurs and beyond.

We’re excited to be connecting the Southeastern entrepreneurs to each other and in the beautiful mountains of Northeast Tennessee.  Learn More About FoundersForge



ETSU Martin Center
Johnson City, Tennessee


November 2-4, 2023

Sponsors & Partners

Directly engage with the southeastern startup ecosystem

The Startup Mountain Summit is a unique experience that attracts startups from across the Southeastern United States and beyond. Investors, mentors, and other attendees create an atmosphere of innovation. Your company and brand can directly engage with this often untapped demographic to grow your existing business.