After expanding its charitable festivities to Denver in 2016, Startup Games is looking to branch out again in 2017 — this time to Atlanta and at least one other city, said Sara Reeves, executive director for the Games.
Chicago and Kansas City are both on the short list of prospects, but Startup Games and its board haven’t committed to one just yet.
The expansion news comes just a few days before Startup Games happens in Austin. On Saturday, 16 companies will face-off in a competition that is one part Olympics and one part startup office culture fun. The games include ping pong, foosball, beer pong, flip cup, trivia, MarioKart, Pop-A-Shot, darts, shuffleboard, giant Connect 4 and a mystery event.
Reeves declined to spill the beans on the mystery event, but she hinted saying that it won’t require athletic skill and it will have some kind of “Star Wars” connection.
“I think it’s going to be pretty popular this year,” she said.
The competition is fiercely competitive. And, in some cases, it’s even competitive internally as companies hold try-outs and playoffs to ensure they have their company’s best people playing to their strengths.
— Startup Games (@startupgames) January 17, 2017
For Startup Games, each startup pays $6,000 to enter the competition and they choose a charity of their choice, which gets bigger donations if the company wins.
Here’s this year’s lineup:
- Academic Works – Nonprofit: SafePlace
- Aceable – Nonprofit: Breakthrough Austin
- AffiniPay – Nonprofit: Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
- Boundless – Nonprofit: Meals on Wheels
- Capital Factory – Nonprofit: RideAustin
- Headspring – Nonprofit: DO IT FOR THE LOVE FOUNDATION
- LawnStarter – Nonprofit: The National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Modernize – Nonprofit: GirlStart
- OneSpot – Nonprofit: Without Regrets
- OutboundEngine – Nonprofit: SAFE Alliance
- OwnLocal – Nonprofit: Austin Bat Cave
- ShippingEasy – Nonprofit: Caritas of Austin
- SpareFoot – Nonprofit: Kure It
- theCHIVE – Nonprofit: CHIVE Charities
- Trendkite – Nonprofit: JDRF
- uShip – Nonprofit: Communities in Schools