Startup Competition Guide


Startup competitions, accelerators, programs this week

Samsung NEXT Start, Robot Launch, SplashX Health and more

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
August 8, 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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Survive and Thrive

Survive and Thrive Bootcamp 2017

Win a $4k all-expenses paid, three-day boondoggle/bootcamp on a 300-acre resort with entrepreneurs and investors!
Description: Survive and Thrive is a three-day conference for startups, featuring keynote speakers such as Shark Tank’s original ‘shark’ Kevin Harrington, Atlanta Hawks' owner Jesse Itzler, and Susie Carder from ‘Motivating the Masses'. The event is a mixture of learning, networking and outdoor activities to cultivate relationships. There's nothing like a little outdoor competition while talking about your startup!
Survive and Thrive is looking for startups to compete in an intimate 'Shark Tank' type investor pitch finale at their 3-day event on September 8-10. 


Benefits: The top three (that apply to this competition online) win complimentary VIP tickets (valued at $4k), which includes 3-nights accommodation, food and ALL drinks, transportation to the venue from NYC, a VIP cocktail evening with 50 angel investors and mentors, and the chance to present. 

Categories: Financial technology (FinTech) Information technology Travel Marketing Mobile Advertising


SplashX Health - Value-based care

Join this very exclusive, highly-curated intimate gathering focused on value-based care.

Description: 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 Invent Health on September 14, 2017 in Palo Alto.

Benefits: Present your company to a highly influential group of healthcare executives from hospitals, payers, as well as VCs from Kleiner Perkins, DFJ, Better Ventures, Vator Investment Club and more.

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


2017 Robot Launch

The Robotics Hub, in collaboration with Silicon Valley Robotics has opened up applications for its Robot Launch challenge. They're looking to invest up to $500,000 in robotics, AI and sensor startup.

Description: 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.

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.

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



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 



Vive X Accelerator

ViveX offers investment and mentorship in their accelerator program.

Description: Founded by HTC Vive, Vive X is a global accelerator fund that specializes in the virtual reality sector. Their mission is to help cultivate, foster and grow the global VR ecosystem by supporting startups and providing them with education, investment and mentorship. They operate in San Francisco, Beijing, Taipei, Shenzhen and Tel Aviv, with an AUM of US$100M.

Categories: Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality


2017 Lighthouse Accelerator Application

Receive $20,000 (without giving equity), plus a 13-week accelerat program.

Description: Lighthouse Labs is a nationally ranked, mentor-driven startup acceleration program connecting promising founders with proven mentors, investors, support services, working space and lean startup education to move from idea to viable high growth venture in three months.

Benefits: They offer $20,000 to selected startups without taking equity plus 13 weeks of nationally recognized acceleration.

Criteria: Two or more founders with a scalable, technology driven service or product must either relocate or live in Richmond during the 3 month program.

Women's Startup Lab

Receive funding and a 12-month startup program.

Description: Women’s Startup Lab is a founder accelerator program. WSLab’s collaboratory of women entrepreneurs empowers founders to be strong leaders, create impactful startups and to influence and shape the world though their startups, innovation and community collaboration. WSLab focuses on female founders and their teams

Benefits: A $1 million fund is available from their venture partners who have specifically committed to invest in women led startups over the next twelve months.  

Criteria: Women Entrepreneurs


Future Cities Accelerator

Each venture receives $100,000 in grant funding from Uncharted.

Description: This program is charting the course from urban poverty to urban transformation. In partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, Future Cities Accelerator pulls in business leaders, investors, & technical support so ventures can solve critical challenges our cities face.

Benefits: Uncharted's curriculum has been used by ventures operating in 94 countries around the world. Get access to over 2,000 people in our network, including world-class mentors and curated investors. Rapid prototyping, financial modeling, and fundraising training are just a handful of skills you’ll gain to create a deeper understanding of how to scale your venture

Categories: Smart cities Agriculture



Eonify Accelerator

Join a virtual accelerator focused on AI and Machine Learning.

Description: Eonify is looking to help disruptive startups with innovative technologies, products, solutions and/or approaches in big data, data science, and artificial intelligence by providing them access to funding, mentors, subject matter experts, and data to help startups succeed.

Benefits: Eonify has a large network of wealthy individuals, seed funders, micro VCs, corporate ventures, and venture capital firms looking to provide funding to disruptive DS / AI startups.

Categories: Artificial intelligence (AI) Data Big data Machine learning Deep learning Computer Vision Visual search Cybersecurity Robotics Autonomous Systems Signal Processing



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