Startup Competitions

Looking to pitch your business idea at a startup competition? Check out the list of comprehensive startup competitions in Canada, USA, and globally. Are you competing at any of these startup competitions? Let us know!

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Startup Competitions
Startup Competitions Location Deadline Link
FoundersBeta Top 100 Global TBD
Dobson Cup Competition McGill University $200K Montreal January
Startup of the Year USA January
Viva Technology Startup Challenges and Awards Paris January
Heartland Challenge $100K Global Student Competition Global January
Women Innovation Summit Pitch $100K Toronto January
Utah Tech Week Pitch by Convoi Ventures Utah January
Bridging Innovation Pitch Competition Atlanta January
Shark Tank Auditions Las Vegas January
Web Summit Pitch Lisbon January
Proteus Innovation Competition Ontario January
GW New Venture Competition George Washington University Washington January
Ontario Agri-Tech Pitch Competition University of Guelph Guelph January
Tech Chill Fifty Founders Battle $10K EUR Riga, Latvia January
EU Startups Summit Valletta, Malta January
TNW Pitch Battle Competition Amsterdam January
Upstart Concordia University Montreal January
5 Across Pitch Competition for Kentucky Entrepreneurs Kentucky January
Web Summit Rio Pitch Rio de Janeiro January
Thiel Fellowship $100K Global year round
Elevator Pitch Competition Global $240K Hong Kong January 8
WMF Startup Competition Italy TBD
Cozad New Venture Challenge University of Illinois Champaign January 28
Burgess New Venture Challenge, Michigan State University East Lansing January 29
Startup Global Pitch Competition Startup Canada Canada TBD
Schulich Startups York University Toronto TBD
Impact Canada Challenges Canada TBD
Panasci Competition University of Buffalo Buffalo TBD
Hult Prize Global January
FemSTEM Women healthcare entrepreneurs Toronto January 12 – 28
Young Entrepreneur Scholarship UofT $7.5K Toronto January 14
PITCH With a Twist Mississauga January 15
MassChallenge Boston/Global January 18
Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award Canada January 15
Canada's Total Mom Pitch Canada January 19
WISE WeInvest: Venture Capital Incubator for Women USA January 24
Open AI Startup Fund Global January 26
T-Mobile's T Challenge Global/Germany January 26
Hinge's One More Hour: social groups and organizations Gen Z USA January 30
Rice Business Plan Competition Global January 31
Grand Challenges Canada Canada January 31
South Summit Madrid January 31
Visionary Pitch Competition USA January 31
Cadence Cash Thrive Grant USA January 31
Athene Black and Brown Business Summit Pitch Competition USA January 31
Skip $10K Kickoff Grant USA January 31
CAFE Fintech Accelerator For Financial Wellness USA January 31
Dell for Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition USA TBD
Latinas in Tech Startup Competition San Francisco TBD
START Summit Gallen, Switzerland February
Values and Venture Competition Texas Christian University Fort Worth February
Midwest Entrepreneurship Case Competition Indiana February
IDeA Competition University of Windsor Windsor February 2
Crummer Venture Plan $70K Florida February 4
Big Bang! Business Competition University of California Davis February 5
Heartland Challenge $100K Global Student Competition Global February 9
MIT Water, Food & Agriculture Innovation Prize $30K Global February 9
Startup Columbia University Venture Competition New York February 9
EFFERVESCENCE Start-up Pitch Competition $20K Medtech & biotech Montreal February 12
Falcons' Fortunes pitch competition $100K by FACIT Canada February 12
INNOVATEwest Pitch Competition $20K Vancouver February 14
VenturePack Challenge North Carolina State University Raleigh February 18
1871 WMNtech Pitch Competition $30K USA February 18
University of Western Entrepreneurial Summer Internship $10K London Canada TBD
America’s Seed Fund Alexandria TBD
Velocity Pitch Competition Waterloo TBD
New Venture Challenge University of Chicago Chicago TBD
RedHawk Venture Pitch Competition Miami University Miami TBD
CMU Venture Challenge, Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh TBD
Uniting the Prairies (UP) conference Saskatoon TBD
IFundWomen Visa Canada Canada TBD
McMaster Startup Survivor: The Pitch Competition $75K Hamilton TBD
Green Alley Award Berlin TBD
VOA Futures Fund Community Health Incubator USA February 1
Founders First CDC's Chicago Job Creator Grant Chicago February 4
Seed Your Startup London Canada February
Dragons' Den Canada February
New Venture Challenge University of Colorado at Boulder $50K Boulder February 8
Larta Institute’s Venture Fellows program Los Angeles/USA February 15
Pitch Dingman Competition, University of Maryland – College Park College Park, USA February 16
Arch Grants Startup Competition $100K Equity-Free Funding St. Louis February 20
Utah Entrepreneur Challenge Utah February 21
Transit Tech Lab New York/USA February 28
Start in Block Pitch Competition: Paris Blockchain Week $5M Paris February 28
SPIE Startup Challenge at Photonics West San Francisco TBD
Falling Walls pitch competition Global Berlin March
VentureCat Northwestern University Evanston March
Inventures Startup Pitch Competition $10K Calgary March
Startup World Cup Global March
FedEx #BackingSmall Business Contest $100K Canada March
LiONS LAIR Hamilton March
MN Cup, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Minneapolis March 11
Podim Startup Maribor March 15
Galaxy of Stars' Galaxy Grant - women and minority entrepreneurs USA March 31
K-Startup Grand Korea April
Awards for Diversity and Innovation UofT Toronto April
True North Small Business Grant Contest Canada April
Dempsey Competition University of Washington Seattle April 1
Peerless $1 Million - Female founders, Black, & Latine USA April 26
Pitch Slam Austin TBD
Western University Accelerator $12K London Canada TBD
AWE USA Startup Pitch Competition Long Beach California May 8
TechCrunch Battlefield $100K Global San Francisco May
Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Global Paris May
43 North Buffalo May
#UofT PRIDE PITCH Toronto May
Entrepreneurship World Cup Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May
#StandWithOwners Telus Competition Canada June
New Ventures BC $250K Vancouver TBD
Columbia Engineering Entrepreneurship Ignition Grants New York TBD
PITCH Collision Global Toronto May
Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge Deep Tech Global/Paris June
Startupfest Competitions $100K Montreal July 10-12
HardTech Pitch Competition Markham July 26
Saas North Pitch Competitions Ottawa TBD
Simon Fraser University Entrepreneurship Competition Vancouver TBD
Age-well Competition Toronto TBD
TriColour Venture fund Kingston August
Groceryshop Pitch Competition Las Vegas TBD
Columbia Engineering Fast-Pitch Competition $5K New York TBD
Navigate Brock University Pitch Competition $5K St. Catherines September
Schneider Go Green Student Competition Global September
The Odlum Brown Forum Pitch Women Entrepreneurs Vacouver/Toronto September
McCloskey New Venture Competition Notre Dame September
Slush Pitch Competition Global Helsinki September
IDEAS Social Innovation Challenge MIT Boston Sept 19
Starter Company $5K Pitch Competition Burlington/Oakville TBD
DC Startup Week Washington, DC TBD
Black Ambition Prize Competition New York TBD
The Cansbridge Fellowship Canada October
CodingitForward Fellowship USA October 16
AAGEF Ontario Entrepreneur Challenge Toronto October 1
MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition Boston October 19
Desjardins Startup Prize Pitch Competition $100K University of Toronto Toronto October 16
The Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition Global October 23
Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition University of Texas Austin November
Ivey Business Plan Competition $20K Global Nov 1
Enactus Canada Student Entrepreneur National Competition Canada Nov 1
Michigan Business Challenge, University of Michigan Ann Arbor Nov 1
Baylor New Venture Competition Global Nov 5
SXSW PITCH Austin Nov 12
Kaplan Pitch Tank Chicago Nov 25
Canadian Innovation Exchange Canada Nov 29
Kellogg-Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Challenge New York Nov 30
Sauga Pitch Mississauga Dec 1
Draper Competition for Women Entrepreneurs Northampton USA Dec 1
Venture Z Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Dec 1
Jacobs Startup Competition Global Dec 4
Sustainable Innovation Challenge Mississauga Dec 4
Startup Day Tartu, Estonia Dec 17
South Summit Startup competition Brazil Dec 20
UTSC Startup Competition Toronto Dec 22