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Startup Competitions

There are a wide array of startup competitions at various stages of development, from ideation to scaling. As we expand this list we plan to categorize them for easier navigation so check back regularly (and join the mailing list for updates). The most recent information will always be on the forum.

Startup Competitions  - Win Funding

Depending on the stage of startup development targeted by each competition, some may require you to give an equity stake in return for funding while others are pure prize money. Explore each carefully before committing your time and energy!

EIC Climate-KIC's startup competition: ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green business ideas competition. 

The startup pitch contest for companies that move the world forward!

in 2014 Landbell Group has established Europe’s first startup prize for the Circular Economy. The Green Alley Award offers a unique chance to network and the most-promising startup takes home a prize money of 25.000 €.

Are you an ocean blue-tech lover and innovator with great ideas? Join Ocean Community Challenge, our global and open innovation initiative.

Showcase your projects, gain exposure to investors, and network with other like-minded individuals.

European Supply Chain Start-up Contest organized by Supply Chain Media.

Conquer the Bits & Pretzels Founders Festival and compete for the Golden Pretzel Pitch Award.

EU-Startups Pitch Competition – Prize Package worth €385k.

Europe's largest startup competition for clean mobility related businesses.

Promote your startup's solution among one or many of the Challenge's topics: 
Smart Cities & Mobility, Energy & Climate Tech, Data & AI, Retail, FinTech, and many more...

TechChill is on a quest to allocate 350 000 EUR syndicate investment opportunity to the best and most empowering startup, plus 10K no-strings-attached for the best pitch.

Through Slush 100, we're aiming to find every year the most promising startups in Europe and North America.

A technology and engineering challenge for sustainability disruptors who have a desire to make a meaningful contribution to a positive future.

Jointly organized by Rockstart, Shell, Unknown Group and YES!Delft, the New Energy Challenge offers a platform for cutting-edge innovators to develop emerging technologies that promote sustainability and shape the future of the energy sector at scale. 

The largest startup competition in emerging markets. The winners will be accelerated to the Seedstars International Fund and have the chance to secure up to $500K in funding.

Show your innovative solution to businesses, governments, and NGOs, and boost your startup with a pilot contract or investment.

Our relationships with prominent VCs have allowed us to offer prizes of up to £150,000 in investment for winning startups of our contests!

Rising Stars is Tech Nation’s pitch competition for early-stage tech startups.

Win £25,000 startup funding to kick-start your business.

The Pitch startup competition is designed to help founders raise seed investment by helping them to develop compelling pitch decks and presentations.

TechCrunch’s Startup Battlefield 200 is the world’s preeminent startup competition. Startup Battlefield 200 showcases the top 200 startups from around the globe, across multiple industries at TechCrunch Disrupt events.

The National Startup Awards were founded to recognize and celebrate Ireland’s most innovative and promising startups.

Irish competition. Participants, who are in with a chance to win a share of a €300,000 cash prize fund, can secure expert feedback on their business plans and pitches, improve their investor readiness and gain exposure to investors, all while boosting their firm’s profile.

In 2023 KPMG ran this competition to find and support the most innovative eco startups in Australia and the South Pacific. Check back in for future updates.

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