Startup competitions seeking adtech companies

Steven Loeb · September 6, 2018 · Short URL:

They include Intango AdTech Startup Competition and SevenVentures Pitch Day and

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 adtech companies:


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



Description: "Nestlé’s purpose is enhancing quality life and contributing to a healthier future. The company has partnered with ad:tech London to look for innovative tech startups who can help deliver this, using HENRi@Nestlé - an open innovation platform offering funded pilots. We want the most innovative tech start-ups who can boost Nestlé’s ability to enhance lives and contribute to a healthier future."

Prize: $50,000 pilot

Previous winners: Good-Loop


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: "An #AWNewYork opportunity for entrepreneurs that opens up a world of possibilities. From major VC s to brands, get your business out in front of decision makers on stage at Nasdaq Marketsite. Pitch for funding, sponsorship, or even mentorship. Don't miss the chance to win the inaugural AW StartUp Pitch Competition!"

Prize: Not specified

Previous winners: OneSpot


Description: "The SevenVentures Pitch Day is our signature event. According to Forbes magazine it ranks as one of the major start-up competitions worldwide. On the 8th SevenVentures Pitch Day we are searching for B2C growth companies with a unique digital or physical product looking to become a world-leading brand. "


  • €3 million worth of TV advertising
  • €200,000 worth of online marketing
  • €30,000 towards a professional TV spot
  • A mentoring program from Procter & Gamble

Previous winners: Hafervoll

 National Student Advertising Competition

Description: "The National Student Advertising Competition is the premier college advertising competition that provides more than 2,000 college students the real-world experience of creating a strategic advertising/marketing/media campaign for a corporate client. Students develop a marketing plan and then pitch their work to advertising professionals at the district, semi-final and national levels."

Prize: Not specified

Previous winners: Johnson & Wales University, Syracuse University

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