Startup Competition Guide


Startup competitions seeking media companies

They includes PILOT Pitch Prize, Pitch, Pass or Play and Student Startup Madness

Innovation series by Steven Loeb
August 31, 2018
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If you're a startup seeking opportunities to get funded, educated or connected, startup competitions are a great resource.

Vator has been holding its own competitions, using VatorX, to find and filter for the best startups. We've had some very successful and notable winners in the past that have gone on to raise big funding rounds including Thumbtack, DogVacay, Pokitdok, Grovo, Udemy and Apartment List, to name a few.

Anyone can list their program as VatorX is one of the most comprehensive listing guides to startup competitions, challenges, accelerators and programs. Click here to list your program!

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 media companies:



Description: "The PILOT Pitch Prize sought early stage startups with game-changing technologies and solutions to help broadcasters innovate and better serve their communities."


$50,000 SAFE Contract

(Simple Agreement for Future Equity)

  • $50,000 with no interest and no expiration date
  • Valuation cap of $6 million at the time of conversion to equity
  • No discount if the money is converted into equity within six months of winning PILOT Pitch Prize
  • 80 percent discount rate if the money is converted after six months

Previous winners: None yet


Student Startup Madness

Description: "Student Startup Madness is a nationwide tournament-style competition for college student digital media startups, culminating with national finals at South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in March."

Prize: Not specified

Previous winners: Sweetbud, Geopipe, Smart Staffing


Description: "We are looking for the most disruptive and innovative Israeli startups in the online advertising and digital media space. The competition is open to all early-stage Israeli startups."

Prize: $10,000 comprised of $5,000 cash and $5,000 in media budget from Intango. The winning startup also gets a free press release and PR campaign by Uriah Av-Ron from Oasis PR, the ad tech-focused PR firm.

Previous winners: Coolix


 Los Angeles Venture Association

Description: "Silicon Beach Startups! Have adtech, marcom or big data plays? Here’s your chance to pitch to Hollywood and Madison Avenue"

Prize: Not specified

Previous winners: Not specified



Description: "Have an amazing business idea that will hold great influence in the media, entertainment, and technology markets? You’re in luck! NAMIC and Sava360 are hosting a ‘Shark Tank’ Style “Startup Pitch Competition”. Don’t miss the opportunity to pitch your ideas to diverse and progressive media executives, advisors, investors and product managers."

Prize: Not specified

Previous winners: Forte, Merlin Guides, Open Up, LiveLike VR

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