Startup Competition Guide


Your startup competition guide - what's ending soon

The deadlines for these VatorX competitions are coming soon!

Innovation series by Steven Loeb
April 28, 2017
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Startup competitions are a great resource, not only for those looking for startups, but for startups themselves.

Vator has been holding its own competitions, using VatorX, a repository of hundreds of startup competitions and challenges around the world to find and filter for the best startups.

Anyone can list their program as VatorX is one of the most comprehensive listing guides to startup competitions, challenges, accelerators and programs. Click here to list your program!

Our list is being updated constantly with new competitions, as deadlines pass. Here are some of the ones that are going to expire soon, so enter while you still can!

DeadlineApril 30

Location: New York

Categories: Startup, Business plans, Competitions

Criteria: Startups must be launching to the public for the first time and have little to no prior press exposure.

Startup Battlefield brings the world’s top early stage startups together on one stage to compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize, and the attention of media and investors. The judges include TechCrunch editors as well as top VCs and entrepreneurs, and past winners include names like Dropbox, Mint, Yammer and many more. Participation is entirely free and open.

Deadline: May 04

Location: Virginia

Categories: Accelerator

Accelerator, an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program, is the catalyst that enables first-stage entrepreneurs to catapult your business to the next level. Our mission is to empower you with the tools you need to grow your business to more than US$1 million in sales and provide you with the skills to make yourself a better entrepreneur and leader. Along with structured educational content focused on the​ core areas of first-stage businesses, the Accelerator Program affords you the unique experience of learning from and connecting with the world’s most influential entrepreneurs.​​​

Deadline: May 09 

Location: Boston

Categories: dinance, fintech, financial markets, financial services, bitcoin

Criteria: Ideal candidates for membership are small, pre-seed to seed-stage startup teams of 1-4 people focusing on FinTech.

The DCU FinTech Innovation Center is a dedicated resource providing seed-stage FinTech startups with everything they need for success: mentorship, workspace, a professional network, and community. Member companies are generally in the product/market fit stage of development and benefit by the assistance, partnerships and FinTech ecosystem the Center offers. With an extensive network into the community, DCU can provide member companies with direct support and expertise.


Deadline - May 01, 2017

Location -  Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis

Categories -  accelerator, startup, software, information technology, Web services, Software as a Service, E-commerce, hardware

gener8tor is a nationally ranked accelerator that invests in high-growth startups. Twice a year we invest up to $140K in each of five startups who receive a concierge experience during our 12-week program. gener8tor supports the growth of these startups through our network of experienced mentors, technologists, corporate partners, angel investors and venture capitalists.

Deadline - April 30

Location - Tel Aviv

Categories - cloud computing, data

Each startup is unique, and this program is tailor-made to get them up and running in a short period of time. Program elements include:

  • Free credits on Oracle Cloud
  • World-class mentoring and advising
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Coworking space
  • Access to Oracle customers and partners
  • Access to investors

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