Startup Competition Guide


Startup competitions, accelerators, programs this week

Samsung NEXT Start, Robot Launch, SplashX Health and more

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
July 20, 2017
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Here's a list of 10 startup competitions, open enrollments for accelerators/inubators or angel groups all listed on VatorX, the biggest list of startup opportunities.

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Samsung NEXT Start

"We empower founders and early-stage software startups with funding, deep domain expertise, co-located work spaces, and unparalleled resources to build products, launch startups and grow companies ready for scale."

Investment amount: Samsung NEXT Start is seeking to invest between $100k and $1 million in pre-seed and seed-stage startups. Products that gain traction have potential to receive additional rounds of funding and ultimately spin-out or be acquired by Samsung.

Categories: Deep learning Machine learning Augmented Reality Internet of Things (IoT) Virtual Reality Artificial intelligence (AI) Analytics Software as a service

Program benefits:

  • We provide pre-seed and seed startups with investment, co-located workspace, deep domain expertise, a strong mentor and alumni network, access to Samsung leadership and resources, and the connections to help you raise your next round.
  •  Our Entrepreneur-in-Residence program is a build-focused, 6 to 18-month engagement where EIRs have access to talent, insights and resources, as well as fixed funding to rapidly create their own product.

Portfolio companies: Entrypoint, 2Sens, 8i, baobab studios

2017 Robot Launch

The Robotics Hub, in collaboration with Silicon Valley Robotics has opened up applications for its Robot Launch challenge.

In previous Robot Launch competitions we’ve had hundreds of entries from more than 20 countries around the world. Our finalists have also reached the finals of major startup competitions like Tech Crunch Disrupt, and gone on to raise millions of dollars of funding making strong industry partnerships, such as working with Siemens Frontier Program.

Categories: Robotics Artificial intelligence (AI) Simulation Sensor Autonomous  Automotive

Investment amount:

The Robotics Hub, in collaboration with Silicon Valley Robotics, is looking to invest up to $500,000 in robotics, AI and sensor startup.

Program benefits:

Robot Launch is supported by Silicon Valley Robotics to help more robotics startups present their technology and business models to prominent investors. Silicon Valley Robotics ( is the not-for-profit industry group supporting innovation and commercialization in robotics technologies. The Robotics Hub ( is the first investor in advanced robotics and AI startups, helping to get from 'zero to one' with their network of robotics and market experts.


SplashX Health - Value-based care

The US has been moving away from fee-based services to value-based care models.
As investors, we're seeking to do what we feel is a moral and economic imperative: Nurture and find innovations advancing these types of services.

If you're a startup (with under $3-$4M raised) incorporating value-based care or enabling a new model of value-based care that's gaining some traction, submit here for the chance to present your story and findings at SplashX Health: Value-based care on September 14, 2017 in Palo Alto.

Categories: Healthtech Health Tracking Tools Health and Wellness Healthcare marketplace Healthcare


DOCSF Innovation Awards

DOCSF is seeking 8 innovative technology companies in the health care space.
Each company will present case studies of their products or platforms at the 2018 Digital Orthopedics Conference to 200 curated health care leaders. The Digital Orthopedics Conference is in San Francisco, CA on January 7th, 2018, just before the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference.

Categories: Healthtech Robotics Artificial intelligence (AI) Mixed Reality (MR) Augmented Reality (AR) Makeup Language (ML) 3D Printing

DOCSF will highlight the use of AI/ML, Robotics/ Robots/ Automation, VR/AR/MR and 3D printing technologies and how they can be applied in health care. Winner presentations will be available on the conference website. DOCSF will be live streamed.

You are asked to submit a 250-word summary of your case study. You may submit more than one case study (though only one case study will be accepted per company). The case studies will be evaluated by a panel of judges. 16 finalists will be selected for an online presentation. Of these, 8 finalists will be asked to present at DOCSF18.



Description: The Healthbox Chicago Studio supports entrepreneurial innovation within healthcare. The goal of the five day program is to advance emerging digital health startups and foster relationships between founders and industry leaders. The program is free of charge to selected companies with no required equity exchange.

The 2017 Studio runs October 9-13 at the Healthbox office in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago.

Categories: Healthcare Healthtech

Portfolio companies: 3Derm, Axial Healthcare, Cubii, Healthcare Blocks, Hindsait, Ludi, NurseGrid

Minimum investment of $1 million with a target of $3-5 million invested over the life of a portfolio company.

Company Stage: Majority of investments will fall within Series A – C, but the fund is stage agnostic.


Boomtown Accelerator Application Fall 2017

Boomtown strives to be the world’s most innovative and effective start up accelerator. We own this by having kick ass curriculum, super genius mentors, and a leadership staff that is insanely passionate about what they do. All of this centered within Boulder, CO, a freakishly awesome place that the New York Times called the new Madison Ave. Teams will leave after the 12 weeks with their mind blown, butt kicked, ego shattered, and the feeling that they can accomplish anything.

Program Benefits: A major focus at Boomtown is on developing and adapting a program that is best suited for the startup- therefore, our curriculum is customized to the needs of the individual startup, supporting and educating entrepreneurs where they need it the most.



Singularity Smart City Accelerator

Program Details

  • Mind-expanding content and workshops inspired by Ray Kurzweil, Peter Diamandis, and Salim Ismail, covering such topics as future forecasting, rapid prototyping, business fundamentals, and funding
  • Tailored sessions designed to help you integrate what you’ve learned and a chance to engage with key experts hand-selected in advance based on your specific needs (think of this as a board meeting on steroids!)
  • Ridiculous amounts of time with key individuals you don’t yet have on speed dial: Fortune 500 executives, leaders from our Google-sponsored Global Solutions Program, alumni from our international network, and accomplished attendees of the X-Prize (we’ll open the doors, and we’ll also help prepare you for the meetings!)
  • Unparalleled access to our investor network of the who’s who of Silicon Valley
  • Up to $100,000 in seed funding, provided by NCT Ventures, to give you runway throughout the program.
  • Co-working space
  • Long-term support via our Startup Network to keep you integrated into and engaged with our network

 Categories: Smart cities

Rockstart Artificial Intelligence Accelerator

Description: Applications for Europe’s first AI accelerator by Rockstart will stay open until July 30, 2017, with the program itself kicking off in early October. The ten AI startups chosen for the program will spend six months in s’Hertogenbosch, working along with mentors and partners, including the locally-based Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS).

Categories: Artificial intelligence (AI) 

Portfolio companies: Sendfix, SolarCreed, Onewatt, Solar Pipo, Bamomas, Fritts, Solar Captus 

Future Cities Accelerator

From a pool of hundreds of impressive applicants, over a four-stage selection process including in-person site visits, we chose 10 incredible, game-changing ventures serving poor or vulnerable populations in U.S. cities. “The Future Cities Accelerator Program is far and away the best accelerator in terms of getting us connected to the right people and resources that we need to bring our solution to scale.” — Michelle Brown, Co-Founder & CEO, CommonLit

Portfolio companies:
Coalition For Queens, Commonlit, Everyoneon, Learn Fresh, Propel, Spoiler Alert

1776 Challenge Cup

Description: A global competition for the world’s most promising startups tackling complex, regulated challenges to share their vision on a global stage, engage with industry leaders, and win grand prizes. 1776 Challenge Cup in partnership with Revolution is much more than a competition — it’s a movement of startups bringing world-changing ideas to life and solving meaningful problems on a global stage.

Portfolio companies: MUrgency, Twiga, HandUp


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