Startup Competition Guide: A Giant List of The Best Business Contests

Startup competitions. The trial-by-fire opportunity that could launch your dream into reality.

You don’t have to win a startup competition to experience the benefits. Each competition that we have carefully researched offers networking and resource opportunities for every participant. But winning sure does come with its perks, too!

In total, the competitions below offer more than $3 million in fuel for your dreams. Ready to grab your piece of the pie?

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ProFinder Small Business Contest

Entry Deadline: 12/31/2016

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: To further our commitment to small businesses, LinkedIn is introducing the ProFinder Small Business Contest. The three submissions with the best stories will be awarded cash prizes totaling $10,000 and be featured on the ProFinder blog.

Judging Criteria: N/A You must be at least eighteen (18) years old and a legal resident of one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

Eligibility: You must be a small business owner or employee at a company with 25 employees or fewer. No more than 3 entries per small business. Each entry must be a unique response.

Awards & Prizes: Up to $5,000 in cash prizes + feature on the ProFinder blog

Sponsors: LinkedIn

Year Started: 2016

Previous Winners: N/A

Contact Person: Michael Nevitt

Email: mnevitt@linkedin.com

Phone: N/A

Cupid's Cup

Entry Deadline: 1/1/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: Kevin A. Plank has partnered with the University of Maryland for the last decade, promoting student entrepreneurship through the Cupid’s Cup. This year, it’s grown into a nationwide competition, with a consortium of more than 20 of the top universities, business schools and entrepreneurship centers from across the country.

Judging Criteria: Applicants must demonstrate they have moved beyond the business plan strategy by showing some form of proven customer traction.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a current student or an alumnus of an accredited college or university. Applicants must be 30 years old or younger. The business must be a legal business entity and the applicant must be equal or majority owner.

Awards & Prizes: $75K+ cash prizes, access to Kevin Plank's professional network, the prestigous Cupid's Cup.

Sponsors: Fidelity, P&G, SAP, Goldman Sachs, Salesforce, Tide, Marriott, Cooley, Bullish

Year Started: 2006

Previous Winners: Scholly, Javazen, Disease Diagnostic Group, Earth Starter

Contact Person: N/A

Email: N/A

Phone: N/A

The Zach Grant from Fundera

Entry Deadline: 1/1/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: Today, Fundera's commitment to helping entrepreneurs and raising awareness of small business issues is stronger than ever. We are proud to introduce Fundera’s Annual Entrepreneurial Grant, The Zach Grant, to help budding entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Judging Criteria: Quality, Originality, Creativity

Eligibility: N/A

Awards & Prizes: $2,500 check

Sponsors: Fundera

Year Started: Unknown

Previous Winners: N/A

Contact Person: N/A

Email: content@fundera.com

Phone: N/A

Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition

Entry Deadline: 1/26/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: A university-wide event, the competition draws entries from recent alumni, faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate applicants from across the university.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: Competition is open to anyone with a Tufts affiliation – students, faculty, staff and recent alumni are eligible to enter.

Awards & Prizes: $100,000 in cash prizes and in-kind services

Sponsors: Articulate Persuasion, The Allied Mind, The Capital Network, Burns Levinson, and many more

Year Started: 2004

Previous Winners: Benevolent Technologies for Health, GearCommons, Myoelectra, Teemplay, and many more

Contact Person: Inge Milde

Email: inge.milde@tufts.edu

Phone: (617) 627-2153

IT'S A START Pitch Competition

Entry Deadline: 1/27/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: IT’S A START is an exciting and interactive pitch competition taking place at Digifest 2017. Pitch your business, convince our expert judges of its value, and impress the crowd in 5 minutes, and you will have the chance to win thousands in cash, incubation space, and mentorship.

Judging Criteria: We’re looking for creative, cutting-edge projects driven by conscientious and dedicated individuals. Do you have an original idea that can improve the way we live, work and play? Have you developed an application or technology that will address everyday problems or social needs? Does your project connect people and networks, ultimately enabling us to live better lives? Categories include mobile apps, wearables, social innovation, gaming, interactive or other digital design initiatives.

Eligibility: Project entries or ideas must be the original work of the applicant(s) and the business must be registered 3 years or less. Applicant(s) who have submitted to IT’S A START pitch competition in the past and have not qualified as a finalist can re-submit a proposal, however, you must be able to demonstrate how the project or idea has changed.

Awards & Prizes: Up to $10,000 in cash plus other prizes

Sponsors: George Brown College, RBC, startGBC, and many more

Year Started: 2012

Previous Winners: Arylla, SPLT, TranQool, and many more

Contact Person: N/A

Email: N/A

Phone: N/A

GAIN AI Startup Challenge

Entry Deadline: 1/31/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: Gigaom will be holding our first annual competition for the AI start-up that delivers the highest ROI to corporate customers. The GAIN competition coincides with the annual conference Gigaom AI held in San Francisco, CA, February 15-16th 2017.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: The competition is open to any AI start-up impacting corporate business functions, from sales and marketing to finance and HR.

Awards & Prizes: Investment opportunity

Sponsors: Gigaom

Year Started: 2017

Previous Winners: N/A

Contact Person: David Hehman

Email: david@gigaom.com

Phone: N/A

Innovation Awards

Entry Deadline: 1/31/2017

Entry Fee: $50-250

Description: The Innovation Awards is the most lucrative business plan competition and capital acceleration opportunity in Florida with cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $100,000. Companies will be competing for $250,000 in cash and other consulting and technical services.

Judging Criteria: Based on many factors such as understanding the market, growth and sustainability planning, the development of competitive advantage, the availability of management and skill sets, the strength of vision, and well-defined goals.

Eligibility: awards.innovationcoast.com

Awards & Prizes: The different cash prize opportunities are: $5,000 for community college or university student; $10,000 for veteran-owned business; at least $20,000 for first place and $15,000 for second place for a business that qualifies for the pre-revenue business category; and $100,000 for first place and $50,000 for second place for a business that qualifies for the post-revenue business category.

Sponsors: The University of West Florida, Innovation Coast, America’s SBDC Florida, and Landrum Human Resources Companies.

Year Started: 2014

Previous Winners: IRIS: Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems, Accountingfly, Robotics Unlimited, Cognitive Big Data Systems, Paracosm

Contact Person: Ione Villegas

Email: ivillegas@uwf.edu

Phone: N/A

TAMID Tank 2017

Entry Deadline: 2/5/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: Hosted by the NY Regional Chapters of the TAMID Group, TAMID Tank 2017 is the second annual event connecting student-run startups from across the country with investment opportunities from high-profile investors.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: Student-run startups

Awards & Prizes: Investment opportunity

Sponsors: TAMID Group, Columbia University, New York University, and many more

Year Started: 2016

Previous Winners: N/A

Contact Person: Shlomo Klahr

Email: shlomo.klahr@tamidgroup.org

Phone: N/A

Rice Business Plan Competition 2017

Entry Deadline: 2/10/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: The competition is designed to give collegiate entrepreneurs a real-world experience to fine tune their business plans and elevator pitches to generate funding to successfully commercialize their product. Judges will evaluate the teams as real-world entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early stage investors and venture capital firms.

Judging Criteria: The judges are asked to rank the presentations based on which company they would most likely invest. 76% of judges surveyed considered investing in a team that presented at the 2013 RBPC or referred a team to a third-party investor.

Eligibility: http://www.rbpc.rice.edu

Awards & Prizes: Chance to receive mentoring from investors and experienced entrepreneurs, Scheduled opportunities to network with potential venture capitalists and other investors for three days, High caliber of judges, all senior level investors, entrepreneurs and industry leaders, Opportunities to receive individual feedback during 3 separate sessions, 2014: $1.5 Million + in prize money was awarded with all teams winning at least one cash award.

Sponsors: Insperity, The Owl, Wells Fargo, NASA, and many more

Year Started: 2001

Previous Winners: EcoLight, BlackLocus, Auditude, and many more

Contact Person: Lea Aden Lueck

Email: rbpc@rice.edu

Phone: (713) 348-3190

Lab to Launch Competiiton

Entry Deadline: 2/14/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: Lab to Launch is an exciting new entrepreneurship competition that seeks to identify and support the District of Columbia’s promising young science and tech innovators. Through Lab to Launch, AAAS will provide training sessions, networking opportunities, and $10,000 in total seed capital prizes.

Judging Criteria: Judging Criteria PDF

Eligibility: Eligibility PDF

Awards & Prizes: $5,000 and up

Sponsors: AAAS

Year Started: Unknown

Previous Winners: N/A

Contact Person: N/A

Email: rcpInnovation@aaas.org

Phone: N/A

Pitch with Purpose

Entry Deadline: 2/15/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: Pitch with Purpose is a global pitch competition held in partnership with Circular Board and the United Nations Foundation, in order to encourage women entrepreneurs to embrace the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit in their businesses. Pitch with Purpose is also the world's only purpose-based pitch competition for women-led businesses in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Judging Criteria: Companies will be judged on scalability, impact on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, innovation of product/service, strength of team and overall presentation.

Eligibility: In order to qualify, companies must have at least one female founder or female CEO, and be in operation for twelve months or more.

Awards & Prizes: Three finalists will pitch live at Circular Summit on March 30 in Houston, Texas. The overall winner will win $15,000, technology offerings from Dell, admission into the Circular Board virtual accelerator, mentorship and more. The two remaining finalists will each be awarded with $2,500.

Sponsors: Dell, Johnson & Johnson, Guggenheim Partners, United Nations Foundation

Year Started: 2016

Previous Winners: Miraculum

Contact Person: N/A

Email: N/A

Phone: N/A

Next Founders

Entry Deadline: 3/1/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: Next Founders is a program that accelerates the growth of Canada’s most promising entrepreneurs by providing mentorship, access to capital, and unparalleled founder development. We want to help scale both the founder and their business.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: https://www.nextcanada.com/next-founders

Awards & Prizes: In-kind products and services

Sponsors: EY, Mastercard, TD, and many more

Year Started: Unknown

Previous Winners: Palette, Eve Medical, and many more

Contact Person: N/A

Email: N/A

Phone: (647) 259-8943

IQ-CHem Contest

Entry Deadline: 3/1/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: World leading companies in the field of gas processing, petrochemicals and chemicals join efforts to promote the innovative development of the industry.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: Science-based startups

Awards & Prizes: Up to $20,000 in cash

Sponsors: Dupont, The Dow Chemical Company, 3M, and many more

Year Started: Unknown

Previous Winners: N/A

Contact Person: N/A

Email: iq-chem@orta-cg.ru

Phone: +7 (495) 937-3131 ext. 307

2017 French American Entrepreneurship Award

Entry Deadline: 3/1/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: The annual business plan competition that recognizes young francophone entrepreneurs launching businesses in the United States.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: In order to be eligible to participate in the FAEA business plan competition: Entrants must enter one of the following two categories: Digital Innovation: New digital solutions / tools that offer enhanced customer value. Art de Vivre: New products or services associated with the traditional French way of living: luxury, home, beauty, food and wine, fashion etc... Entrant can submit more than one business plan. However, they cannot enter the same business plan in both categories. The project must be in an early stage, less than three years in business with a product or service commercially viable and the demonstrated ability to generate revenue. The venture must be operated in and for the US market. The entrant must be the founder-entrepreneur fluent in French and English, thirty-five years old or younger. Each entrant is expected to email to ssarian@transmarkpartners.com, a scanned photo ID, jpeg 300dpi headshot, as well as a short biography or resume. Plan submission indicates full acceptance of the Official Contest Rules

Awards & Prizes: $10,000 cash prize, Office space for six-month in one of the seven "Corporate Suites" business centers in New York City, A business fare round trip ticket New York-Paris on La Compagnie airline, $15,000 in strategy/accounting/legal in-kind services by Club 600 members, One year membership to the FACC-New York, International/national media exposure

Sponsors: French American Chamber of Commerce, Club 600, Deloitte, and many others Poutsch, Tomi Otee, Les Caneles de Celine, and many more

Year Started: 2008

Previous Winners: Poutsch, Tomi Otee, Les Caneles de Celine, and many more

Contact Person: Sophie Sarian

Email: ssarian@transmarkpartners.com

Phone: (914)-337-0082

Poe Man's Challenge SF

Entry Deadline: 3/20/2017

Entry Fee: $28

Description: Join KC Chiefs Dontari Poe, Eagles Jalen Mills, Cowboys La'el Collins to watch Startups “sell” their company in front of a panel of startup influencers and notable investors. Confirmed judges include Marvin Liao (500 Startups), Don Loeb (Techstars), Elizabeth Yin (500 Startups). It's Shark Tank LIVE!

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: Must be a US-based company or a legal US subsidiary

Awards & Prizes: $15,000 investment

Sponsors: Poe Man's Dream, Dontari Poe, Jalen Mills, La'el Collins

Year Started: 2017

Previous Winners: N/A

Contact Person: Jane Bolander

Email: jane@poemansdream.org

Phone: ​(415) 548-1738

Rhode Island Business Plan Competition 2017

Entry Deadline: 4/3/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition aims to create and foster growth companies in Rhode Island that will increase local employment. Established in 2000, the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition -- supported by private businesses, investors, foundations, colleges and universities, public entities, and nonprofit organizations -- today is the leading community-supported business plan competition in the Northeast.

Judging Criteria: http://www.ri-bizplan.com/RulesPrizes/JudgingCriteriaJudges.aspx

Eligibility: http://www.ri-bizplan.com/RulesPrizes/RulesEligibilityPrizes.aspx#48013-eligibility--prizes

Awards & Prizes: $200,000 in cash and in-kind prizes

Sponsors: Bryant University, Everhope Foundation, MedMates, and many more

Year Started: 2000

Previous Winners: Response Technologies, Mighty Well, Neurocurious, and many more

Contact Person: N/A

Email: N/A

Phone: N/A

Techo.Co's Startup of the Year

Entry Deadline: 4/15/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: Tech.Co has been bringing together and showcasing early stage startups since 2006. In doing so, we have had the pleasure of meeting and helping to amplify the stories of some great companies like GrubHub, Groupon, LivingSocial, AddThis, Desk, and even Uber. Our mission is to discover and support the most promising and innovative startups in the world.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: N/A

Awards & Prizes: http://startupofyear.tech.co/apply

Sponsors: American Airlines, IBM, Techstars, and many more

Year Started: 2013

Previous Winners: ShearShare, Blendoor, HIS Energy, and many more

Contact Person: N/A

Email: N/A

Phone: N/A

2017 Business Start-Ups Competition by Marketest

Entry Deadline: 5/12/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: Marketest’s annual Start Up Business Competition gives you the opportunity test your market before launching your business. The two best applications will receive £1000 and £500 of market research respectively.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: N/A

Awards & Prizes: Up to £1,000

Sponsors: Marketest

Year Started: N/A

Previous Winners: Bike Safety CO, itsmymaths.com, and many more

Contact Person: N/A

Email: contact@marketest.co.uk

Phone: ​N/A

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge

Entry Deadline: 6/1/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge - which offers a €500,000 first prize - is now in its 10th year and individuals or businesses who provide products or services that can reduce CO2 emissions are eligible to enter.

Judging Criteria: http://www.greenchallenge.info/index.php/competition/entry-criteria

Eligibility: N/A

Awards & Prizes: €500,000

Sponsors: Postcode Lottery

Year Started: 2007

Previous Winners: bio-bean LTD, Land Life Company, bioMason, and many more

Contact Person: Rachel Ruxton

Email: rachel.ruxton@postcodelottery.co.uk

Phone: N/A

New York StartUP! 2017 Business Plan Competition

Entry Deadline: 6/6/2017

Entry Fee: N/A

Description: The New York Public Library in conjunction with its sponsor, Citi Foundation, is proud to announce the 5th Annual New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition for New York-based startup entrepreneurs with cash prizes totaling over $30,000. Entrants gain practical insights about starting and growing a business, while using the comprehensive small business resources at NYPL’s Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL).

Judging Criteria: The judges will evaluate each Business Plan based on the following: 1) Content of the plan, including the thoroughness and quality of the analysis 2) Effective use of business information and research 3) Clear communication. 4) Effective use and impact of the prize money 5) Probability of successful launch 6) Community Impact and job creation potential 7) Quality and effectiveness of final presentation (in the event the applicant becomes a finalist and is invited to present)

Eligibility: You must live in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island. Your business must be in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island. All businesses must have ideas or business models in the start-up phase and have earned less than $10,000.

Awards & Prizes: Cash prizes of up to $15,000

Sponsors: Citi Foundation & New York Public Library

Year Started: 2010

Previous Winners: Harlem Chocolate Factory, Just Jazzy Cakes, Field & Clover, and many more

Contact Person: Anne Lehmann

Email: annelehmann@nypl.org

Phone: (917) 275-6975

Startupfest $200K Investment Prize

Entry Deadline: 7/14/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: We’ve taken the $100k prize, and doubled it. So the investment prize is now $200,000. The best part? One startup may walk away with all of it, or two may split it. It’s up to you to convince the judges

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: N/A

Awards & Prizes: Up to $200,000 in investment

Sponsors: Service Affaires, Intuit QuickBooks, Fasken Martineau, and many more

Year Started: Unknown

Previous Winners: N/A

Contact Person: N/A

Email: N/A

Phone: N/A

2017 U.Pitch Competition & Showcase

Entry Deadline: Fall 2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: U.Pitch brings together the best students from a cross-section of universities in this ultimate elevator pitch competition.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: Students

Awards & Prizes: Up to $5,000

Sponsors: Future Founders, Capital One, Accenture, and many more

Year Started: 2014

Previous Winners: Seed Slide, Cocavana, HUK TV, and many more

Contact Person: N/A

Email: http://futurefounders.com/contact/

Phone: N/A

The Lead Roster B2B Sales & Marketing Scholarship

Entry Deadline: 12/15/2017

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: The Lead Roster B2B Sales & Marketing Scholarship is a highly competitive award for high school and college students interested in sales & marketing.

Judging Criteria: The Lead Roster scholarship puts the tools for winning in your hands by judging your entry on your ability to market and sell your own ideas!

Eligibility: Studying in the fields of Business, Marketing, Computer Science, Communications, or IT are recommended but not required. Being passionate about communicating your ideas is an absolute must.

Awards & Prizes: $1,000

Sponsors: N/A

Year Started: Unknown

Previous Winners: N/A

Contact Person: Sebastian Timm

Email: sebastiantimm9@gmail.com

Phone: N/A

Hello Tomorrow Challenge

Entry Deadline: TBD

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: A global start-up competition covering all major fields of technology.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: The challenge is open to start-ups and innovative projects which... Are based on an innovative technology, Are under 2 years old, Have raised under €250.000

Awards & Prizes: Up to €100,000 in funding

Sponsors: N/A

Year Started: N/A

Previous Winners: N/A

Contact Person: N/A

Email: contact@hello-tomorrow.org

Phone: N/A

Arch Grants Global Startup Competition

Entry Deadline: TBD

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: Since 2012, Arch Grants has awarded over $4 million in cash grants to 76 startup businesses that were willing to call St. Louis home. With the help of our program and support services, these companies have gone on to create over 300 jobs, generate nearly $28 million in revenue, and attract over $80 million in follow-on capital. Arch Grants Companies are growing at a fantastic pace.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: Preference will be given to companies that are beyond idea stage; bring with them teams of talented, diverse, and value-additive individuals; and demonstrate that the grant money and support services have a meaningful impact on company growth. We seek to attract entrepreneurs who are already located in St. Louis OR are willing to relocate here. Basing your business in St. Louis is a prerequisite for receiving the grant and all of our current entrepreneurs are investing their time in making the St. Louis startup scene even stronger.

Awards & Prizes: $50,000 equity-free, cash grant plus pro-bono services an networking opportunities

Sponsors: Arch Grants

Year Started: 2012

Previous Winners: Appbase, Applied Particle Technology, Arch Innotek, and many more

Contact Person: N/A

Email: N/A

Phone: (314) 272-4857

Axel Springer Plug & Play Accelerator

Entry Deadline: TBD

Entry Fee: N/A

Description: Launched in 2013, the Axel Springer Plug & Play Accelerator is a Berlin-based accelerator looking for digital entrepreneurs. They provide global opportunities from day one, through their international network in Europe and Silicon Valley.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: N/A

Awards & Prizes: Investment opportunities

Sponsors: Accenture, DZ Bank, Ergo, and many more

Year Started: 2013

Previous Winners: Apparently Different, Book A Street Artist, Careship, and many more

Contact Person: N/A

Email: plugandplay@axelspringer.de

Phone: N/A

CodeLaunch Pitch Day

Entry Deadline: TBD

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: CodeLaunch is an annual seed accelerator for people and groups with ideas for “Apps” who are seeking seed funding. The CodeLaunch Pitch Day is the culmination of the competition and a showcasing of the best competitors.

Judging Criteria: We are determining basic viability and whether our technical skillset can accommodate. Evaluating the business acumen and background of the applicant is also part of the process.

Eligibility: If you have an “idea for an app” and nothing more you are qualified to apply.

Awards & Prizes: http://www.codelaunch.com/Benefits/Index

Sponsors: Frisco, Optimus, PWC, and many more

Year Started: 2011

Previous Winners: Clear2Close, RAaAPS, eCharts, and many more

Contact Person: N/A

Email: incubation@codeauthority.com

Phone: N/A

The Pitch 2017

Entry Deadline: TBD

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: Since starting as a pitching competition back in 2008 we’ve evolved into one of the UK’s most exciting small business programmes, geared up to educate, empower and enable entrepreneurs just like you to take your business to the next level.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: N/A

Awards & Prizes: http://www.thepitch.uk/#why

Sponsors: AVG, Constant Contact, Microsoft, and many more

Year Started: 2008

Previous Winners: propertECO, BioBean, AdvancetoGo, and many more

Contact Person: N/A

Email: http://www.thepitch.uk/#footer

Phone: N/A

University Startup World Cup

Entry Deadline: TBD

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: The University Startup World Cup is organized by Venture Cup, a Danish non-profit organization which has 15 year’s of experience hosting startup competitions for university startups. The vision is to create a network among international students in which they can be inspired, benchmark their ideas and turn academic knowledge into viable high-growth businesses.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: http://universityworldcup.com/venturecup/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/EligibilityRequirements.pdf

Awards & Prizes: Unknown

Sponsors: Novo Nordisk, Microsoft, YouNoodle, and many more

Year Started: Unknown

Previous Winners: VesaliusMed, Ecological Disposal Systems, TUBUSONE, and many more

Contact Person: N/A

Email: info@universityworldcup.com

Phone: +45 38 15 33 77

Pitch Distilled

Entry Deadline: Varies

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: Pitch Distilled is a multi-city live pitch competition that brings this spirit to life, pairing aspiring entrepreneurs with a diverse cast of judges tasked with helping them kickstart the next big idea. After all, even a great idea could use a little distilling. And with a $5,000 grand prize on the line, the pressure is on.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: N/A

Awards & Prizes: $5,000 plus promoted across WIRED channels

Sponsors: WIRED, Jack Daniels, and many more

Year Started: 2017

Previous Winners: N/A

Contact Person: Katie McNally

Email: katie_mcnally@wired.com

Phone: N/A

Global Startup Battle

Entry Deadline: Varies

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: GSB was created by the community and serves the community. It's your chance to stand up and show the world what you're all about. Rep your city, rep your region, bring home startup glory, and join a legacy of amazing GSB winners.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: http://www.globalstartupbattle.co/tracks

Awards & Prizes: http://www.globalstartupbattle.co/prizes

Sponsors: YouTube, Mr. Coffee, Branch Metrics, and many more

Year Started: Unknown

Previous Winners: Caleche, Smart Case, Tactile Eyesight, and many more

Contact Person: N/A

Email: gsb@techstars.com

Phone: N/A

Get In The Ring

Entry Deadline: Varies

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: The Get in the Ring Foundation is a global non-profit organization that connects startups to opportunities related to capital, talent and expertise.

Judging Criteria: Based on their pitch we score startups on their team, achievements, business model & market and their financials.

Eligibility: N/A

Awards & Prizes: If you are a high potential startup that can make an impact in your industry, your startups is no older than 8 years, you can pitch fluently in English and you have an innovative and scalable business idea/model, then you’re good to go!

Sponsors: STC, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, and many more

Year Started: 2012

Previous Winners: Braille Smartwatch, Templafy, and many more

Contact Person: N/A

Email: battle@gitr.co

Phone: N/A

Seedstars World Startup Competition

Entry Deadline: Varies

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: The Final Event is a weeklong adventure consisting of a bootcamp, international conference and investor forum. It's an amazing chance to meet with investors, build a global network and grow your business.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: Startups must be no older than 2 years since founding and have received less than $500,000 in funding

Awards & Prizes: http://www.seedstarsworld.com/startup-competition/tracks-and-prizes/

Sponsors: Seedstars, Lastminute.com Group, Inmarsat, and many more

Year Started: Unknown

Previous Winners: N/A

Contact Person: N/A

Email: info@seedstarsworld.com

Phone: N/A

1ST50K Startup Competition

Entry Deadline: Rolling

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: 1ST50K is a startup competition for startup business ideas that offers extensive support from a broad business network, pro-bono development services, and up to $50,000 in cash grants to entrepreneurs to establish or locate their businesses in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Judging Criteria: As our judges and competition committee review applications, they will consider: the innovation of the product, technology or service; product-market fit; the scalability of the business model; the total impact (including sales, social value, impact on users, partners, etc.); and the qualities of the entrepreneur or entrepreneurial team – their level of talent, diversity, and qualities which are value additive to the company.

Eligibility: 1ST50K is looking for innovative technologies, products, or services, driven by scalable business models with regional, national or international impact. We seek to attract entrepreneurs who are already located in Cape Girardeau OR are willing to relocate here. Basing your business in Cape Girardeau is a prerequisite for receiving a grant. Our network of entrepreneurs, partners and business leaders are investing their time and resources in making the Cape Girardeau startup scene even stronger. 1ST50K Startup Competition is an industry-agnostic competition. Our focus is on supporting businesses that are innovative and scalable, regardless of the industry.

Awards & Prizes: Up to $50,000 in cash grants plus business development services, pro bono services, and access to a broad network of successful entrepreneurs

Sponsors: Codefi, Cape Girardeau Area Magnet, The Bank of Missouri, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce

Year Started: 2015

Previous Winners: Nutlock

Contact Person: Caitlin Schlichting

Email: caitlin@truvae.io

Phone: N/A

G-Startup Worldwide

Entry Deadline: Rolling

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: G-Startup Worldwide is a global startup competition held around the world to find the most innovative, early stage startups, invest $1,000,000 in them, support them with a global network and enable them to change the world.

Judging Criteria: Traction, industry, product innovation, and team.

Eligibility: http://g-startup.com/eligibility/

Awards & Prizes: Up to $300,000 investment

Sponsors: Lyft, IBM, Qualcomm, and many more

Year Started: 2009

Previous Winners: App Annie, Polar Rose, Hyperverge, and many more

Contact Person: Kenny Liu

Email: kenny.liu@gwc.net

Phone: N/A

Web Summit ALPHA Programme

Entry Deadline: Rolling

Entry Fee: €1,950

Description: Each week we’re selecting early stage startups from around the world to exhibit as part of ALPHA.

Judging Criteria: N/A

Eligibility: N/A

Awards & Prizes: If you’re selected for ALPHA you get an exhibition stand, 4 tickets, opportunity to access Investor Office Hours, Mentor Hours, Startup University, Startup Workshops, Startup Roundtables and much more for €1,950.

Sponsors: Connected Intelligence Limited

Year Started: Unknown

Previous Winners: N/A

Contact Person: N/A

Email: http://help.websummit.net/customer/portal/emails/new?ticket[labels_new]=Web%20Summit

Phone: N/A

Schoolpreneur.Biz Business Competition

Entry Deadline: N/A

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: Schoolpreneur.Biz is a startup platform for School children, which helps them presented their ideas and businesses to global audience. Schoolpreneur.Biz is promoted by TMA Worldwide LLC, a media & marketing organization with interests in publishing, events, advertising, pr and digital marketing. TMA Worldwide's vision is based on social enterprise to empower individuals and communities.

Awards & Prizes: Students from kindergarten through high school Seed investment

Sponsors: TMA Worldwide

Year Started: 2015

Previous Winners: N/A

Contact Person: Tausif Malik

Email: tausif@tmaww.com

Phone: (773) 536-9786

SEEC Idea Pitch Competition

Entry Deadline: N/A

Entry Fee: No fee

Description: The SEEC Idea Pitch Competition presents students with a great opportunity to pitch their business idea to a panel of judges and a chance to win cash prizes. - See more at: http://www.ut.edu/seectampa/pitch/#sthash.o9pAXKnH.dpuf

Judging Criteria: http://www.ut.edu/seectampa/pitch/

Eligibility: University of Tampa students

Awards & Prizes: Cash prize of up to $2,500

Sponsors: University of Tampa

Year Started: Unknown

Previous Winners: N/A

Contact Person: Amanda Scherer

Email: amanda.scherer@spartans.ut.edu

Phone: (419) 733-2486