Startup competitions, accelerators, programs this week

Kristin Karaoglu · October 19, 2017 · Short URL:

Female Founders In Tech, TheNextWomen Pitch, Igniter Conference, Freedom From Cancer Startup Challenge

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.

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Female Founders In Tech Competition

Win a chance to access to $25,000 worth of Microsoft Azure cloud computing credit

Description: Quesnay's Female Founders in Tech Competition is looking for US-based technology startups with a female leader and a product relevant to fintech/insurtech. There is a distinct lack of representation and startup funding among women - the competition will provide a way to fund, support and mentor female founders in fintech/insurtech, where the gap is particularly stark. Six finalists will have access to business development guidance from industry leaders, Microsoft Azure cloud credit, and social media promotion.

Benefits: Mentoring / business development guidance from industry experts. Dedicated blog post and social media promotion. Access to $25,000 worth of Microsoft Azure cloud computing credit.

Categories: Financial technology (FinTech)

Freedom From Cancer Startup Challenge

Win $2K cash prizes and potential to pitch for up to 1.2 million in startup seed funding

Description: The Center for Advancing Innovation and MedImmune have partnered to launch the Freedom from Cancer Startup Challenge (FCSC). The FCSC will feature risk mitigated, and commercially viable inventions from leading research organizations. The goal of the challenge is to accelerate and increase the volume of commercialized cancer inventions by launching new startups. Funding is provided by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

Benefits: In addition to the licensing opportunity, 100 FCSC winners will receive invaluable networking, marketing assistance, enrollment in CAI's recognized accelerator program, mentorship from experts, and exclusive webinars from top industry professionals. FCSC winners will get access to these valuable resources and more beyond the challenge. 


Categories: Life sciencesCancer 

Igniter Conference - See The Future' Pitching & Demo

An amazing opportunity to get live feedback, win tonnes of prizes and connect to investors.

Description: Igniter Annual Conference invites you to our biggest Pitching Contest and Startup Showcase at Hahn auditorium at Computer History Museum on Oct 29 (Sunday). Pitch your startup to an esteemed panel of Judges including Ravi Belani, Managing Director, Alchemist Accelerator, VP of Cisco Investments, Oren Klaff, Author of Pitch Anything, and rows of prominent VC's in the valley, and win lots of prizes worth 10's of 1000's of dollars. If you are an early stage startup and want to demo/showcase your product, we also have showcase table to put you in-front of the vibrant startup and investor community.

Benefits: Present your startup investors from Alchemist Accelerator, Cisco Investments and many more.

Categories: Artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, Financial technology (FinTech), Healthtech



Selected companies will get $10,000 worth of outsourcing services and free attorney services
Description: New technologies are being developed that could revolutionize the healthcare industry. Join us for an exciting evening as some of the most promising HealthTech startups compete for over $10,000 worth of prizes.
Benefits: $10,000 worth of outsourcing services from Stratpoint, a premier provider of digital enterprise software solutions. 2 free hours with an attorney from Royse Law Firm.



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 



TheNextWomen Pitch Competition

Startups from all over the world can now apply for TheNextWomen Pitch Competition.
Win €50K+ worth of prizes.

Description: With TheNextWomen Pitch Competition women invest in women. Our Pitch Competition is designed for early-stage startups to gain exposure and valuable feedback. Over 100+ female startup founders apply, pitch, and train to become this year’s number 1. The last three winners Printr, Vastari, & Plugify raised between €750K and €500K funding within 9 months after winning the competition.

Benefits: TheNextWomen provides female entrepreneurs and investors acces to knowledge, capital & network. With TheNextWomen membership and TheNextWomen Crowd Fund we connect female founders and investors to enlarge their influence and impact, all within a unique European ecosystem

Categories: Women Startup


Betaworks - Visioncamp

Each camp company receives pre-seed funding of $200k.

Description: Visioncamp is the latest installment in betaworks' camp program--a thematically-driven, frontier tech accelerator. This camp, consisting of 11 weeks in-residence at betaworks starting in January 2018, will focus on augmented reality, computer vision, and 'camera-first' applications/services. Everything that becomes possible when the camera knows what it's seeing. Online applications for visioncamp are now open, and we expect to welcome six to ten companies to join us at betaworks in January.


  • Eleven weeks in residence at betaworks in New York City with optional office space for 1-2 cofounders.
  • Hands-on guidance from the betaworks team in areas such as product, platform integration, data science, branding, and fundraising.
  • Sessions on various aspects of building your company from user acquisition to computer vision toolkits by the people who are building those platforms and tools.
  • Access to our early adopter network, openbeta.
  • Speakers from the top platforms supporting visual computing.
  • Work with mentors from VC funds actively investing in the category.
  • Promotional credits from vendors such as AWS, Digital Ocean, Twilio, Azure, SVB, etc.

Categories: Computer visionAugmented Reality (AR), MobileApplications


2018 TMCx Digital Health Accelerator Application

TMCx team’s goal is to quickly and effectively connect entrepreneurs to stakeholders.

Description: Located in the TMC Innovation Institute, the TMCx accelerator program provides startup companies with shared workspace, a curriculum tailored to the needs of health care entrepreneurs and the guidance of over 120 advisors from the front lines of the industry.

Benefits: Participants work with the TMCx team to refine strategies and build relationships across the Texas Medical Center. Companies network with key thought leaders and mentors during the Advisor Pitch Event, the TMC Expert Forum and other scheduled sessions. The four-month program culminates with TMCx Demo Day, an exclusive presentation to hundreds of investors, corporate partners, hospital stakeholders, media and other guests.

Categories:  Healthtech , Healthcare, Health and Wellness


Queen City Fintech

Accepted companies receive an upfront capital infusion of at least $20,000.

Description: Queen City Fintech is a 12-week accelerator program designed to mature financial technology startups through intense mentorship from leading banking executives, business development professionals, and venture capitalists and attorneys, among others in Charlotte's robust business community.

Benefits: Accepted companies also receive an upfront capital infusion of at least $20,000 per company with the potential for follow on funding for the top performers in the program.

Categories: Financial technology (FinTech)

2018 Innovation Of Things Awards

Connecting Startups With Industry & Investment To Empower The Next Disruptors In Tech

Description: THE PITCHOFF Startups will pitch on the Launchpad stage, judged by a panel of investors & leaders for each vertical. The best of each vertical is automatically entered into the final pitchoff for the Innovation of Things Award on the afternoon of May 17th. The winning startup will be rewarded with fantastic exposure through post event marketing activities and mentions on social media, press releases, and emails.


  • Network with thought leaders, other innovative startups, leading solution providers, and top media and investment communities 
  • Meet with investors who have indicated a prior interest in your business through special introductions 
  • Apply to boost your exposure in our pitchoff competition for a chance to take home the coveted ‘Innovation of Things Award’ 
  • Showcase your product and/or services and highlight potential opportunities for collaboration
  • Learn from experienced entrepreneurs, C-level employees, and investors during our Startup Academy

Categories: Internet of Things (IoT)Hardware


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)




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Kristin Karaoglu

Woman of many skills: Database System Engineer; SplashX event producer; Author of Startup Teams

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