Startup Competition Guide


Startup competitions with largest cash prize in IoT

They include competitions from Amazon, Microsoft and the FTC

Innovation series by Steven Loeb
December 7, 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 IoT:


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Description: "Internet of Things is the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data that is used in various applications.

...In simple words, if your dog is having a GPS tracker embedded in a collar and you can track it while walking together in the forest and it also sends alarms on your cellphone if dog is too far away from you - this is a good example of what is IoT and how it works."

Prize: 1000€ 

Previous winners: None yet



2017 Internet of Things Startup Competition

Description: "The competition, the second of its kind, will be held in four places, namely Hanoi, Da Nang, HCM city and Can Tho City, from April to October, 2017. It is expected to discover and assist outstanding projects."

Prize: The prize pool of the competition is worth 100 million VND (4,400 USD), with half of the amount going to the first prize winner.

Previous winners: Not specified


Description: "It’s easy to build real-time, IoT applications using AWS services. You can use Amazon Kinesis along with AWS IoT to quickly and reliably stream data from devices into AWS for analytics, then instruct those devices what to do next, or trigger other actions. AWS IoT can support billions of devices and trillions of messages, and can process and route those messages to AWS endpoints or to other devices reliably and securely. Amazon Kinesis makes it easy to ingest, process, and analyze sensor data as it arrives as well as ingest data directly from devices or from AWS IoT."


First Place:

• $5,000
• $2,500 AWS Credits 
• 30 min. virtual meeting with GM of Amazon Kinesis 
• Amazon Echo
• AWS blog mention
• Promo video at re:Invent

Second Place:

• $3,000
• $1,000 AWS Credits 
• Amazon Echo
• AWS blog mention

Third Place:

• $2,000
• $500 AWS Credits 
• Amazon Echo
• AWS blog mention

Previous winners: None yet


Description: "Create a Microsoft Azure application that unlocks the true power behind embedded and connected devices: the web services and applications that actually connect those devices.

You could use Azure and the CodeProject API to create a mobile web app to keep track of your CodeProject rep points from your phone, or build a webservice that allows a LED on your Netduino board to blink when you get a new message. What about constructing an IoT-powered robotautomating your home or creating a dashboard that connects to your Fitbit to track your fitness? The sky's the limit - suprise and impress us!


  • 4 prizes of $1,000 and 10 prizes of $200 chosen by random selection in a draws throughout the competition 
  • 100 cash rebates of up to $100 for spending $50 or more on Azure services during the contest period

Previous winners: BabyZen, IOBOT, CloudCooker, Eye of the Drone


Biggest IOT Competition in India

Description: "First of its kind competition for students in the field of Internet of Things"


  • 1st Prize - Rs. 10000
  • 2nd Prize - Rs. 6000
  • 3rd Prize - Rs. 4000

Previous winners: None yet


IoT Spartans Challenge

Description: "Looking for the Best IoT Developers"


Individual participants: €3,000; €1,500; €500

Universities: €5,000

Previous winners: Emanuele Goldoni, Khaled Brahem, Sergio Lopez 


Description: "Capgemini is celebrating its 50th anniversary and we are also celebrating new forms of technology. Through TechChallenge50 – we give young tech enthusiasts the opportunity to explore what technology like IoT can do and how it can be used and developed further to improve the lives of people across the globe. You too can be a part of our unrivalled experience in the utilities industry and help us deliver industry-specific solutions – only if you take the challenge."


WINNER Cash Prize worth Rs. 30, 000

RUNNER UP Cash Prize worth Rs. 20,000

Top Finalists from each skill will form teams at the Finale and compete for the Finale Challenge to win the best team prize of INR 300,000/-

Previous winners: Suraj Rode, Pavan Mude


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Description: "In the first half of 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a prize competition that challenged the public to create a technical solution, or tools, that consumers could use to guard against security vulnerabilities in software found on the Internet of Things (IoT) devices in their homes."

Prize: First Place: $25,000

Honorable Mention: $3,000

Previous winners: IoT Watchdog, PINC


Description: "The IOT/WT Innovation World Cup® is the world leading competition in the areas of Internet of Things and Wearable Technologies."

Prize: 10,000 Euro cash prize for the EBV IOT Hero 2017/18

Previous winners: Senlab, Immotor, Tunnel, Tosibox, SmartyPans, Techsource Europe

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