You don't need permission toChange the World.

In Memphis, the only prerequisites for making a difference are a big idea and the willingness to work hard. As a Sky High participant, you'll have access to the tools, mentors, and funding to build a platform for meaningful change in a city ripe for social disruption.

We select up to 6 startups per session,
hosting a rigorous but rewarding program.

By the end of your experience, you’ll emerge with a working business model, a network of social advocates, and the power to change the status quo.


Sky High focuses on the unique needs of social impact tech startups, combining our lean startup methodology with an intense social innovation curriculum. Memphis is ground zero for disruptive startups in the areas of education, poverty, crime, health care and urban innovation.


Sky High participants are often non-profit entities that either have funding or are not currently seeking it. While Start Co. does not invest capital directly, we open the doors to a network of funders including foundations, governments, and high-net-worth individuals. These introductions have led to 75% of Sky High graduates receiving investment post-accelerator.

Services & Resources

As a Start Co. founder, you’ll have access to an unparalleled suite of technical services perks and partners, as well as legal, financial, marketing, and talent-development resources.
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True success relies on guidance. The kind that comes from mentors who have experienced and overcome every triumph and setback you’ll likely encounter. Mentoring is central to everything we do. Our community of industry experts, creative professionals, and seasoned founders is passionate about helping you on your journey toward success.


Start Co. Lab is ground zero for our accelerators, workshops, training sessions, and more. Your startup will receive a dedicated workstation and area to start building your company culture. Accessible 24/7, our modern, open office provides plenty of room for your big ideas to grow. And our location in the core of downtown Memphis offers limitless walkable options for dining, entertainment, offsite work, and housing.

Sky High 2016


May 1 – August 10

Demo Day:

August 10


August 21 – November 16



Deadline: March 1 / Notification: April 1


Feel free to contact us at before you apply.

Eric Mathews

Eric Mathews
Founding Partner

Andre Fowlkes

Andre Fowlkes

Start Co. Partners

  • archer malmo inc
  • Baker Donelson
  • SendGrid
  • Mosaik Solutions
  • American Airlines
  • Marston Group
  • AutoZone