Startup Competition Guide


Startup competitions, accelerators, programs this week

SplashX - Invent Health; WorldLabs - Elevating Ideas £50k Competition; Acumos AI Challenge

Innovation series by Kristin Karaoglu
June 28, 2018
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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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SplashX Invent Health: Precision Health

Present at SplashX Invent Health - Precision Health on Sept 27th at HP headquarters.


Precision health is a new frontier of personalized medicine, as well as preventative care, thanks to advances in genomics, big data analytics, electronic health records, and machine learning. Precision Health encompasses precision medicine. If you're a startup (with no more than $10M raised) with a vision of improving these services, we'd like to get to know you.

Benefits: Several startups will be selected to attend and present at SplashX Invent Health - Precision Health on Sept. 27 in front of a highly-curated, mostly invite-only group of healthtech influencers (investors, healthcare executives).    

Categories: Health and Wellness, Precision healthHealthtech  


Elevating Ideas £50k Competition

Our award of £50,000 is designed to give your early-stage entrepreneurial venture an instrumental boost!

Description: WorldLabs’ mission is to help ideas develop and grow by providing the funding, tools and connections needed to thrive. Too many promising entrepreneurial projects fall by the wayside due to lack of resources, help or funding.

This is why we created the Elevating Ideas Competition: to give you the ability to showcase your idea, find valuable collaborators and gather the supporters you need to elevate your project to the next level.

Benefits: Your project will get a publicity boost on WorldLabs and across all other media channels. Finding the necessary connections and establishing meaningful collaborations will be easier than ever before. Establishing your idea on Worldlabs will help your venture grow beyond the duration of this competition. 

Categories: Crowd-sourced innovation


Acumos AI Challenge

The Acumos AI Challenge is Seeking Innovative, Open Source AI Solutions from Developers

Description: The Acumos AI Challenge, sponsored by AT&T and Tech Mahindra, is an open source developer competition for the Acumos AI platform seeking innovative artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. The companies, along with The Linux Foundation, encourage students, developers, and data scientists to submit their ground-breaking AI solutions for a chance to win prize money and industry recognition.

Benefits: Contestants will compete for a share of $100,000 in cash prizes, and the top three teams will travel to the finals in San Francisco in September

Categories: Artificial intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML)


Boston Pitching & Capital Raising Workshop

Pitch to our network of angel investors for a shot at funding and winning prizes 

Description: Startupalooza provides regular open showcases for all kinds of startups. We guarantee you will pitch to 8+ Angel VCs. You get a rating on all aspects of your pitch, an introduction to the Investor community, a shot at funding, invaluable advice and an opportunity to win prize tickets to big Investor events worth thousands.

Benefits: Previous winners like Alyce raised $5.4 million beginning with a $500,000 through us. SeedCX received funding offers from 2 of the judges and $1.25 million toward their first round. Nomi Beauty got $1 million. A new delivery service just raised $400K. Pretty Simple and HigherMe together received over $300,000. So far, 3 of our presenting companies have been funded and 2 are under consideration. EventCombo in NY picked up $350K.

Categories: Angel investing


Blackbox Connect 23

Description: Blackbox is a Silicon Valley-based nonprofit working to elevate entrepreneurs across the globe. By helping talented startup founders emerge as stronger leaders, we empower Blackboxers to redefine what’s possible for themselves, their company, their community, and the world. 

Benefits: Through our flagship two-week residential experience in Silicon Valley, founders from around the world:

  • build relationships with successful entrepreneurs, experienced venture capitalists, and subject matter experts
  • tap into their full potential as leaders and more deeply understand the company cultures they want to create
  • access resources to fuel their global expansion
  • emerge as drivers of growth capable of transforming startup ecosystems into hubs of innovation

Categories: MobileInternet of Things (IoT)SaaSBusiness to Business (B2B)Consumer Internet (B2C)Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG)Machine Learning (ML), Artificial intelligence (AI)MarketplacesFinancial technology (FinTech)HealthtechSocial impactSustainable energy


365^X Accelerator

Six Months Program to Accelerate your Business Performances 

Description: 365^x accelerator is a unique program for Software or IoT Startups to enhance their scalability. With the help of experienced coaches and mentors, entrepreneurs will sharpen their business, product and technology, while getting access to an international customer and distributors network to affirm solid traction towards scalability.

Benefits: Assigned Coach will push you straight to business. Strengthening your strategy and roadmap and structuring your product, technology and organization to work at scale and sustain exponential growth.Frequent market feedback, global customer reach and tight support to reach actual business agreements with customers and partners. Generate sales, close reseller partnerships and reach the required traction to fit the criteria of “Series A Round” investment.

Categories: SoftwareInternet of Things (IoT)


 AMPLIFY Pitch Competition

The winner will receive $20,000 in funding and additional  resources such as one year of office space at RocketSpace campus, and a laptop to grow their startup.
Description: Girls in Tech's sixth annual AMPLIFY Startup Pitch Competition is a must-attend event for entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, and designers to watch the best and brightest female tech entrepreneurs from around the world compete on stage. At AMPLIFY, we explore up and coming trends in innovation and technology, as well as celebrate women entrepreneurs.
Benefits: Winners will receive $20,000 in funding and additional resources such as one year of office space at RocketSpace campus, and a laptop to grow their startup. The event also features inspiring keynote speeches by well-known industry leaders, diplomats and some of the most successful female startup founders and high-tech executives.

The L-Spark Accelerator


Description:  Are you a SaaS entrepreneur with a product in market? Have you established go to market fit with approximately $10-30k MRR? The L-SPARK program will grow revenue, infrastructure, market reach and opportunities through intensive SaaS workshops, one on one guidance from subject matter experts, and interaction with successful SaaS entrepreneurs.

Benefits: Founders have access to:
- A mentor with startup and software experience for 2 days per week
- Introductions to potential channel partners, clients and investors
- Business development and go-to-market strategy support (access to sales and marketing advisors)
- B2B SaaS workshops, practice pitch opportunities and other programming
- Discounted rates for infrastructure and software services
- Assistance with government grants and programs like IRAP, OCE, NSERC, SR&ED
- Virtual CMO and PR support, in addition to media coaching
- Virtual legal, CFO and IT support
- Office space, desks, communication services, fully-equipped meeting rooms

Categories:  SaaSSoftware as a service (SaaS)Enterprise software


$1M seed fund to accelerate core technology startups
Description: SK Telecom Americas is the business development and venture capital arm of SK Telecom, Korea’s largest wireless operator and a global technology leader, and has worked with some of the brightest minds in VC and angel investing – and some of the biggest technology companies in Silicon Valley – to design a novel and new funding model.
Benefits: Selected entrepreneurs can receive up to $1M as a combination of working capital, professional services (e.g. legal and financial), development tools, and dedicated/secured space in our state-of-the-art Accelerator.
Categories: Data, Big Data


Get up to $250K to accelerate your life sciences startup.

Description: RebelBio is accepting applications for our next programme, which runs in Cork City in Ireland, an emerging life sciences and startup-friendly hub. From April through July 2018, enjoy the exciting, entrepreneurial atmosphere around global tech companies, a life sciences and medical excellence cluster featuring some of our graduate startups plus its own airport!

Benefits: On top of our cash investment, during the program, you’ll have access to a fully equipped biosafety level lab, co-working space, dedicated membership and the support of a network of RebelBio alumni, investors, corporates and press partners.

Categories: Biotech Life sciences


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