Startup Competition Guide


Startup competitions with largest cash prize in virtual and augmented reality

They include Women Startup Challenge VR, G-Startup Worldwide and AI and EdSim Challenge

Innovation series by Steven Loeb
November 29, 2017
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If you're a startup seeking opportunities to get funded, educated or connected, startup competitions are a great resource.

Vator has been holding its own competitions, using VatorX, to find and filter for the best startups. We've had some very successful and notable winners in the past that have gone on to raise big funding rounds including Thumbtack, DogVacay, Pokitdok, Grovo, Udemy and Apartment List, to name a few.

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!

As part of our weekly series, we'll look at top competitions with big cash prizes, as well as competitions that have teed up the most promising startups, to finding popular startup competitions you need to know about. 

Here are some of the startup competitions that have the largest cash prize in virtual and augmented reality:


Description: "Women Who Tech is on a mission to fund women-led startups. Through our Women Startup Challenges, which have been held in Washington, D.C. at 1776, New York at Microsoft and Google, and San Francisco at LinkedIn, we have brought together the best early-stage, women-led startups using tech to rapidly scale and innovate. What’s next?"

Prize: Top prize is $50,000, and $15,000 in legal services from Paul Hastings. Second place winners hget $10,000 in legal services and three hours in consulting from 1843 Capital. Third place gets $10,000 in legal services.

Previous winners: Didimo, Spirit AI, Addicaid


Description:"Every industry, from automotive, to medical, to architecture, to art, to gaming, will be changed by virtual reality.

Connect with experts and developers from a wide range of industries doing amazing things in virtual and augmented reality. See recordings of 50+ dedicated VR sessions, including panels led by industry visionaries."

Prize: $30,000 in cash and prizes

Previous winners: Nurulize


Description: "In effort to showcase the high quality content being created by VR filmmakers, Samsung launched Gear Indie for Samsung Milk VR in August of 2015. This distribution channel has been an overwhelming success with new videos being posted weekly.

Now Samsung is rolling-out a series of content creation contests to ignite and reward the independent content creators. The first challenge is called, 'There in 60 Seconds.'"

Prize: $10,000

Previous winners: Double Eye Productions, RYOT


Description: "The Vision Tank is the Embedded Vision Summit’s exciting start-up competition, in which five computer vision start-up companies present their innovations to a panel of investors and industry experts!"

Prize: $5,000 grand prize

Previous winners: LucidVR


Description: "G-Startup Worldwide is a global startup competition held around the world to find high potential, early stage startups, invest in them, support them with a global network and enable them to change the world. The G-Startup Worldwide program invests over $1,000,000 in startups annually."

Prize: Regional Winner: $50,000 investment prize; 1 Year G-Network Membership; 3 Day Mentorship Bootcamp at Google’s headquarters; Complimentary trip to Silicon Valley (up to $1000 flight + 3 nights hotel) to pitch at the Global Final Competition

Grand Prize Winner: Additional $250,000 investment ($300,000 total) Speaking opportunities at GMIC 2018

Previous winners: Donde Fashion, Aros


Description: "In this competition, we invite participants to submit 3d models of buildings from your country and your region.

We’ll create augmented reality applications based on the best models."

Prize: The prize fund is €12,500.

Previous winners: Not specified


Description: "The U.S. Department of Education calls for concepts for immersive simulations that transfer academic, technical, and employability skills. Successful simulations will pair the engagement of commercial games with rigorous educational content to prepare students for the 21st century workforce."

Prize: Total prize pool is $680,000

5 finalists receive $50,000

1 grand prize winner receives $430,000

Previous winners: Osso VR


VUVR Villanova University Virtual Reality Competition

Description: "The Villanova University VR Competition (VUVR) is open to students, staff, and faculty of Villanova University. Its goal is to help the Villanova community explore virtual reality and augmented reality as a medium for compelling interactive experiences that educate."

Prize: First place wins $750, second place wins $500, and third place wins $250. All three teams will have their submissions displayed at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Previous winners: Digital Forensics CSI, Amaze, Odyssey

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