Over the last five years, the Austin Startup Games have become an annual tradition for local startup companies. Employees battle for gold medals (and pride) in events including beer pong, shuffleboard and foosball.

The event keeps getting bigger and bigger—with attendance growing to 1,400 at the most recent competition on January 23, 2016.

More people equals more stuff, and the need for a place to put it all.

Douglas Ray, director of events for Startup Games.
Douglas Ray, director of events for Startup Games.

Growing Up Fast

“Up until now, the equipment was stored in former President Gillian Wilson’s garage,” said Douglas Ray, director of events at Startup Games.

To help with the Startup Games’ growing equipment needs, SpareFoot secured a free 10’x10’ self-storage unit for the organization from local facility AAA Stassney Storage.

The organization, which enables companies to raise money for their chosen charities, added a second event last year called Level Up for companies with more than 250 employees. It also hopes to launch events outside of Austin

“With two annual events, and now with plans to expand, we’ve increased our equipment needs.” Ray said.


Among the largest items to be stowed away are boxes of shirts, flip cup tables, beer pong tables, darts stands, and a maze use for the Mystery Event during a past game. Other items include signs, ref equipment, and last but not least, much needed bar supplies.

Coming in second place after three consecutive years as reigning champion, SpareFoot is pleased to have raised $14,000 for our chosen charity Kure It, during the most recent games. Kure It is a nonprofit organization raising money for kidney cancer research, as well as cancer research projects focused on other underfunded cancers.

SpareFoot would also like to congratulate the 2016 Startup Games gold-medal winner uShip on their victory.

Alexander Harris