Startup Competition

Startup Competitions are a great way to gain exposure, gain feedback, and win some non-dilutive funding. In this post, we bring you the top global startup competitions. For these startup competitions, you can be anywhere in the world. They are global competitions. Check it out:

Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition (QEC)

Canada is a host to one of the most global startup competitions. Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition (QEC) is one of the most prestigious undergraduate competitions in Canada with over $80,000 in prizes each year.The competition is student-run and judged by company executives, a few notable companies in the past are: Google, CIBC, NEO, and Accenture. The competition is located in the heart of Toronto, Ontario, with attendees visiting from investment firms and large corporations. The competition is international and open to all undergraduate students with an entrepreneurial business. The competition usually runs in January and the deadline for submission deadline is around October. For more details visit here:

Startup of the Year Global Competition

This startup competition is for early-stage startups from around the world that have an ingenious product or service! Startup of the Year (SOTY), powered by Established since 2006, discovers and supports the most promising and innovative startups from around the world. The Top 100 Semifinalists will compete for the “Startup of the Year” title and prizes at our annual fall event. For more details please visit:

Baylor’s New Venture Competition Global

Working on an exciting startup? Check out Baylor’s New Venture Competition! This startup competition is open to all universities around the world, undergraduate and graduate student teams (all majors, all specializations) as well as recent alumni.

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Rice Business Plan Competition Global

42 student startups from across the world come together to compete for $1.5 million in cash and investment prizes 250+ judges including angel, VC and corp. Applications for this one is usually around February. Check out the details here:

Jacobs Startup Competition

This is one of the largest student organized startup competitions. The Jacobs Startup Competition is an international competition for student entrepreneurs from all over the world – organized entirely by students. Every year, students welcome teams from all over the world, give them access to a large network of founders, mentors and experts, and provide a platform to pitch their ideas to judges and investors. Deadline is usually around November. More information here:

She Loves Tech

She Loves Tech competition focuses on women and technology across the globe. Check out the details here:

Microsoft Ventures M12 Female Founder Competition

M12 (Microsoft Ventures) showcases top global female founder startups. The top 2 finalist will win with $2M each in venture funding. Submissions are now open usually in September. The 2 winning startups will each receive a $2,000,000 USD investment, with a total prize pool valued at $4,651,500 USD. For more information on how to apply and get the full application criteria check it out below.

Startup Festival

Montreal hosts the biggest startup event globally. This event takes places in July of each year. Startup Festival has tons of compeitions and prizes for startups. Check out the details here:

Young Entrepreneurs Awards Unilever 
If you’ve got an initiative, product or service already in action that’s tackling a sustainability problem, or you know someone else whose brilliant work deserves recognition, check out this competition:

James Dyson Award
This is an global award for design engineers. Check out the details here:

If you know a global startup competition let us know below.