Startup Competition Guide


Startup competitions, accelerators, programs this week

Luminate NY Accelerator, DOCSF Innovation Awards, SplashX Health, Robot Launch and more

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
August 25, 2017
Short URL:

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.

Want to list your startup competition or accelerator? List on VatorX. If you're a startup looking for competitions, bookmark the listing or join Vator to get a weekly update on what's happening around the world or near you.



Luminate NY Accelerator

Selected companies will compete for up to $1 million funding.

Description: The program is seeking visionary entrepreneurs solving challenging problems addressing applications in: Augmented and virtual reality, Autonomous vehicles, Machine vision, Security and surveillance, Bio-photonic devices and other areas. 


Benefits: Each accepted company will receive a $100,000 convertible note and earn the right to compete for additional funding of up to $1 million. Participants also receive lab and office space and connections to a highly accomplished national advisory board, as well as extensive mentoring and coaching.

Categories: Augmented Reality (AR) Virtual Reality (VR) Machine Vision Autonomous Vehicles Security and Surveillance Bio-photonics


Extreme Tech Challenge 2018

Richard Branson is asking you to HURRY UP & APPLY! 

Description: The Extreme Tech Challenge is a competition that empowers entrepreneurs and their companies by providing visibility, resources, and gives competitors the ability to grow exponentially in scale and knowledge at a low to no incremental cost.

Benefits: The XTC pulls it all together into an experience that money cannot buy with showcase events at the world’s largest technology trade show, CES, and also at Sir Richard Branson’s own Necker Island.

Categories: Mobile Internet of Things (IoT) Artificial intelligence (AI)Blockchain Healthcare Health Tracking Tools Health and Wellnesspersonal finance Financial services Digital Wearables Virtual Reality (VR) Fashion Consumer Internet (B2C) Business intelligence


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

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



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 



$25,000 up front investment, up to $75,000 in follow on funding per company

Description: Blue Startups focuses on recruiting capital efficient and scalable technology companies, including web, software, and mobile. In addition, the program is targeting companies in particular sectors including travel technology and gaming technology – with a strong preference for B2B solutions. They recruit from Hawaii, Asia and North America and are particularly interested in companies addressing both East and West markets. 

Benefits: Blue Startups invests up to $100,000 in each company that comes through the program.

  • $25,000 up front investment, space, education, perks, mentorship and business development services for 3-10% equity.
  • Up to $75,000 in follow on funding per company.

Categories: Mobile Web services Software Online Gaming Travel


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)


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


F-LANE Vodafone Institute Accelerator for Female Empowerment

Bring your venture to the next level.

Description: FLANE is a six-week acceleration program for high-potential digital impact ventures focusing on female empowerment. It is put into practise by the Vodafone Institute in cooperation with two amazing partners: the Impact Hub Berlin – offering a thrilling space and workplace in the coolest neighbourhood of the German capital –, and the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie – the leading competence centre in the field of education for societal change.

Benefits: You will benefit from the expertise of a leading competence centre for education for societal change, the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie. After individually assessing where and how they can best help you get to the next stage in your venture‘s life, we set up a curriculum of team sessions, individual coaching and key experiences to make your venture investment ready.

Categories: Digital Women Social discovery




Featured Stories


Other episodes of this series

Accelerators targeting retail technology...


Startup Competition Guide

by Steven Loeb
They include METRO Accelerator for Retail, Techstars Retail and RetailXelerator

Startup competitions seeking retail...


Startup Competition Guide

by Steven Loeb
They include Retail Innovation Pitch Event and Retail Disrupt Startup Competition

Startup competitions seeking gaming companies


Startup Competition Guide

by Steven Loeb
They include IT’S A START Pitch Competition, SiGMA Pitch and Gaming StartUp Challenge

Accelerators targeting addiction solutions


Startup Competition Guide

by Steven Loeb
They include Opioid Safety Accelerator Program and Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program

Accelerators targeting wellness companies


Startup Competition Guide

by Steven Loeb
They include The Technogym Wellness Accelerator and SEG Health and Wellness Accelerator