Startup Competition Guide


Startup competitions, accelerators, programs this week

Igniter Conference, Royse Law Healthtech, Queen City Fintech, DOCSF Innovation, Samsung Next Start

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
October 4, 2017
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Here's a list of 10 startup competitions, open enrollments for accelerators/incubators or angel groups all listed on VatorX, the biggest list of startup opportunities.

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Igniter Conference - See The Future' Pitching & Demo

An amazing opportunity to get live feedback, win tonnes of prizes and connect to investors.

Description: Igniter Annual Conference invites you to our biggest Pitching Contest and Startup Showcase at Hahn auditorium at Computer History Museum on Oct 29 (Sunday). Pitch your startup to an esteemed panel of Judges including Ravi Belani, Managing Director, Alchemist Accelerator, VP of Cisco Investments, Oren Klaff, Author of Pitch Anything, and rows of prominent VC's in the valley, and win lots of prizes worth 10's of 1000's of dollars. If you are an early stage startup and want to demo/showcase your product, we also have showcase table to put you in-front of the vibrant startup and investor community.

Benefits: Present your startup investors from Alchemist Accelerator, Cisco Investments and many more.

Categories: Artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, Financial technology (FinTech), Healthtech



Selected companies will get $10,000 worth of outsourcing services and free attorney services
Description: New technologies are being developed that could revolutionize the healthcare industry. Join us for an exciting evening as some of the most promising HealthTech startups compete for over $10,000 worth of prizes.
Benefits: $10,000 worth of outsourcing services from Stratpoint, a premier provider of digital enterprise software solutions. 2 free hours with an attorney from Royse Law Firm.
Categories: HealthtechHealth and Wellness



Betaworks - Visioncamp

Each camp company receives pre-seed funding of $200k.

Description: Visioncamp is the latest installment in betaworks' camp program--a thematically-driven, frontier tech accelerator. This camp, consisting of 11 weeks in-residence at betaworks starting in January 2018, will focus on augmented reality, computer vision, and 'camera-first' applications/services. Everything that becomes possible when the camera knows what it's seeing. Online applications for visioncamp are now open, and we expect to welcome six to ten companies to join us at betaworks in January.


  • Eleven weeks in residence at betaworks in New York City with optional office space for 1-2 cofounders.
  • Hands-on guidance from the betaworks team in areas such as product, platform integration, data science, branding, and fundraising.
  • Sessions on various aspects of building your company from user acquisition to computer vision toolkits by the people who are building those platforms and tools.
  • Access to our early adopter network, openbeta.
  • Speakers from the top platforms supporting visual computing.
  • Work with mentors from VC funds actively investing in the category.
  • Promotional credits from vendors such as AWS, Digital Ocean, Twilio, Azure, SVB, etc.

Categories: Computer visionAugmented Reality (AR), MobileApplications


2018 TMCx Digital Health Accelerator Application

TMCx team’s goal is to quickly and effectively connect entrepreneurs to stakeholders.

Description: Located in the TMC Innovation Institute, the TMCx accelerator program provides startup companies with shared workspace, a curriculum tailored to the needs of health care entrepreneurs and the guidance of over 120 advisors from the front lines of the industry.

Benefits: Participants work with the TMCx team to refine strategies and build relationships across the Texas Medical Center. Companies network with key thought leaders and mentors during the Advisor Pitch Event, the TMC Expert Forum and other scheduled sessions. The four-month program culminates with TMCx Demo Day, an exclusive presentation to hundreds of investors, corporate partners, hospital stakeholders, media and other guests.

Categories:  Healthtech , Healthcare, Health and Wellness


Queen City Fintech

Accepted companies receive an upfront capital infusion of at least $20,000.

Description: Queen City Fintech is a 12-week accelerator program designed to mature financial technology startups through intense mentorship from leading banking executives, business development professionals, and venture capitalists and attorneys, among others in Charlotte's robust business community.

Benefits: Accepted companies also receive an upfront capital infusion of at least $20,000 per company with the potential for follow on funding for the top performers in the program.

Categories: Financial technology (FinTech)

2018 Innovation Of Things Awards

Connecting Startups With Industry & Investment To Empower The Next Disruptors In Tech

Description: THE PITCHOFF Startups will pitch on the Launchpad stage, judged by a panel of investors & leaders for each vertical. The best of each vertical is automatically entered into the final pitchoff for the Innovation of Things Award on the afternoon of May 17th. The winning startup will be rewarded with fantastic exposure through post event marketing activities and mentions on social media, press releases, and emails.


  • Network with thought leaders, other innovative startups, leading solution providers, and top media and investment communities 
  • Meet with investors who have indicated a prior interest in your business through special introductions 
  • Apply to boost your exposure in our pitchoff competition for a chance to take home the coveted ‘Innovation of Things Award’ 
  • Showcase your product and/or services and highlight potential opportunities for collaboration
  • Learn from experienced entrepreneurs, C-level employees, and investors during our Startup Academy

Categories: Internet of Things (IoT)Hardware


H2 Accelerator

If you are selected, H2 Accelerator will invest $100,000 ($50,000 cash) into your startup in return for a minority (10%) equity share.

Description: The H2 Ventures Startup Accelerator program is a leading Australian startup accelerator based in Sydney. The H2 Ventures Accelerator Program runs for 20 weeks with 8-10 teams (typically 2-3 entrepreneurs per team) invited to join the Program in each intake. Successful teams will be drawn from around the world and will be based in Stone & Chalk in Sydney for the duration of the Program.

Benefits: Invest $100,000 ($50,000 cash) into your startup in return for a minority (10%) equity share. House your startup in our central Sydney CBD office space alongside us and our other startups. Assist you to establish a professionally run business that is ready for third party investment. Give you access to our network of business and technology industry leaders. Prepare you for and guide you through the Series A capital raising process to increase your chances of success.

Categories: Fintech Data Artificial intelligence (AI)



IoT And Wearables Pitch Competition

Win prizes, get press, and perfect your pitch! 

Description: Startups are everywhere. But what makes a startup stand out? Learn how to connect with local startup ecosystem, how to finance your startup and attract diverse employees. Join Techstars to learn how novel products and technologies came into being, why they have a shot at making it, and how they are progressing?

Categories: Internet of Things (IoT), Hardware, Wearables


DOCSF Innovation Awards

Win $5000 and be crowned the Zimmer Biomet Innovation Award winner.

Description: 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.

Benefits: One selected company will receive the Zimmer Biomet Innovation Award of $5000.00. In addition to presenting at the conference, all finalists will meet for 20 minutes with a multinational industry sponsor (Stryker, Depuy/J&J, Medtronic and Zimmer/Biomet), receive a certificate, and be featured on the DOCSF website and social media feeds.

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



Samsung NEXT Start

Samsung is seeking to invest between $100k and $1 million and be the first institutional funding in.

Description: Samsung seeks to 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. They're looking for 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.

Benefits: Access to Samsung executives, channel relationships, funding and co-location space.

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


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