Startup Competition Guide


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Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
November 2, 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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2018 AngelPad Cohort

"Your Success is Our Success"

Description: AngelPad is a seed-stage accelerator program based in NYC and San Francisco. Since 2010 we have launched more than 130 companies. Every 6 months we select about 15 teams from a huge pool of applicants (usually around 2000) to work with us. AngelPad is ranked the Top U.S Accelerator by MIT's Seed Ranking Project 3 Years Running.  

Benefits: Starting a company costs money and we don’t want you to worry while you are at AngelPad. We provide funding for each company that enters AngelPad. Not a lot, but enough to get through the first year. By then you likely have probably “proper” funding.


[Re]Verse Pitch Competition

An Event Series in Austin, Texas for Social Entrepreneurs Where We Pitch To You

Description: Entrepreneurs are used to pitching their business idea to investors, partners, and anyone they might share an elevator ride with. In this competition, the tables will turn. The [Re]Verse Pitch Competition is a social innovation program to help turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, non-profits, and institutions as waste into the foundation of new social enterprises.

Benefits: Competitors work with mentors & advisors to develop repurposing business ideas and compete for Innovation Prizes to help start this new venture.

Categories: EntrepreneurEnvironmentalFashionClean technology 


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 

Student Startup Madness 2018

Description: Student Startup Madness is an exciting nationwide tournament for college student digital media startups, culminating with the “Entrepreneurial Eight” national finals at South By Southwest in Austin, TX on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Benefits: The national finals then take place at SXSW Interactive — with the “Entrepreneurial Eight” pitching to a panel of celebrity entrepreneurs and investors.


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



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


Citrix Startup Accelerator

Description: We deliver impactful programs that help startups and internal innovation teams validate their business models, get on the right growth track and get funding. We have experience working with over 70 startup teams from Silicon Valley, The Research Triangle, Santa Barbara and Bangalore over the last two years. See one entrepreneur’s testimony on how he and his team “almost wasted a few years of our lives building a product that nobody would end up buying” and how he eventually launched a successful startup.

Benefits: Our signature 12-week Innovators Program embraces the core principles of Design Thinking, Lean Startup and Startup Leadership.  This enables early-stage startups to rapidly test and validate their ideas in the market with real customers.  Our program offers funding from our partners, which include top corporations, venture funds and government organizations.

Categories: StartupBusiness plansAccelerator





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