Startup Competition Guide


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Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
October 25, 2017
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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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Description: The competition starts with a bracket of 24 startup companies. After two online elimination rounds in which the advancing companies are chosen by a selection panel, the top 16 companies will advance to the live-demo portion of the contest, held January 30, 2018 at Galvanize Phoenix.  There they’ll get a chance to grab big cash prizes and even better, network with the regions most active angel and accredited investors.

Benefits: Companies that present at the conference will not only meet people who’ve been in your shoes (which is invaluable in a startup’s journey), you’ll meet mentors and industry influencers who can help mentor your team and accelerate your growth. You’ll also have the opportunity to network and spend quality time connecting with some of our region’s most active angel and venture capital investors, get mentorship from successful entrepreneurs and past contestants, and connect with other competing companies.

Categories: Business Plan, Startups 

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 


Honda Xcelerator

The program offers funding for rapid prototyping, a collaborative workspace, and pairing with Honda mentors.

Description: Honda Xcelerator is a program designed for tech innovators across all funding stages who seek to transform the mobility experience. Honda has created this program to engage innovators in an open and friendly environment. 

Benefits: We provide you with nre funding to help you develop a rapid prototype. You will gain access to our unique collaboration workspace located in the heart of silicon valley. All xcelerator companies are paired with our network of honda mentors. You will have access to xcelerator vehicles and vehicle data to develop, test, and refine your prototype.

Categories: Automotive, Hardware, accelerator, Artificial intelligence (AI), Cyber Security, Virtual Reality (VR), Voice technology


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 


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


Johnson & Johnson Innovation is looking to award up to $100,000 in grants, one year of JLABS residency & mentorship to the individuals or teams.
Description: JLABS is looking for high-potential companies from diverse healthcare sectors, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer and digital health to become a part of JLABS. 

Categories: HealthtechMedical Devices, Pharmaceutical

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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