Startup competitions seeking minority founders

Steven Loeb · September 21, 2017 · Short URL:

They include PUSHTech2020, Atlanta Startup Battle and Pitch313

If you're a startup seeking opportunities to get funded, educated or connected, startup competitions are a great resource.

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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 are focused on minority founders:


PUSHTech2020 Think Tank Competition

Description: "PUSHTech2020 Think Tank is a fast-paced business pitch competition. Six entrepreneurs will pitch an original business idea to a panel of business experts and an audience of entrepreneurs, small business owners, potential investors, students, business and community leaders"

Prize: $5,000

Previous winners: UrbanGeekz


Atlanta Startup Battle

Description: "Atlanta Startup Battle is the freshest and most unique pitch competition in Atlanta. With 100+ ideas and 2 days of competition, the top participants develop their ideas with seasoned mentors and present to investor judges, real VCs from Atlanta and Silicon Valley, all in an effort to help Atlanta build, scale, and fund the next generation of outstanding tech companies."


  • $100,000 investment
  • 1-year Incubation space at TechSquare Labs
  • Access to TechSquare Mentors
  • Access to VC investors for next stage of funding

Previous winners: FraudScope, Hypepotamus, Cinchapi



Description: "Pitch313 is a competition exclusively for Black & Latinx founders in Metro Detroit."

Prize: To be announced at a later date.

Previous winners: None yet


Startup Showcase & Pitch Contest

Description: "Startups will pitch to judges and investors and showcase their solutions at Tech Inclusion. Tech Inclusion is the leading diversity and inclusion conference, career fair and startup showcase"

Prize: Cash awards, coaching, accelerator interviews, and more

Previous winners: None specified


LatinoTech Startup Pitch Night

Description: "Our mission is to promote diversity within the NY tech community by supporting the next wave of Latin@ technology leaders."

Prize: One month of co-working at Workville, custom notecards from Bond

Previous winners: Harvest Yield



The Latino Perfect Pitch Competition

Description: “The Latino Perfect Pitch” is a small business competition for entrepreneurs, digital influencers and bloggers seeking an opportunity to take their business to the next level. The competition was open to entrepreneurs who have been in business no more than five years and three finalists were selected to pitch their business to a panel of expert judges for a grand prize at Hispanicize 2017.

Prize: $5,000

Previous winners: Mundo Lanugo



NAMIC “Startup Pitch" Competition

Description: "The communications industry is evolving at an exhilarating rate. The 31st Annual NAMIC Conference provides the space to explore diversity and inclusion in the new business landscape. Multiculturalism takes center stage in the era of globalization, business innovation and shifting workforce dynamics. Our theme — Diversity at the Speed of Change — captures our rapidly revolutionizing industry. Always fresh and insightful, the Annual NAMIC Conference is where diversity advocates at every level prepare for the industry’s future."

Prize: Not specified

Previous winners: Merlin Guides, Open Up

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