Best 30 Startup Pitch Competitions in 2021

Julia Ciaciek
Julia Ciaciek
Best 30 Startup Pitch Competitions in 2021

If you're a startup looking to make 2021 YOUR year, then definitely bookmark this list as we'll be updating it regularly with additional information! Enjoy 😉

BIG ANNUAL OPPORTUNITIES

The European Startup Prize for mobility 2021

#europe #sustainablility #mobility #innovation

Application Start: June 2021
Deadline: TBC
Prize: Gold Awards winners will receive a Top Business & Legal mentoring powered by Boston Consulting Group and additional 3 millions APIs credits from TomTom.

The EUSP is an annual acceleration program that supports the 10 best European startups developing sustainable mobility innovations, with the aim of giving them the resources necessary to scale up in Europe.

Get in the ring - Global Startup Competition

#global #cleanenergy #healthtech #impact #workforce #augmentation

Application Start: TBC
Deadline: TBC
Prize: A 1-year business development support with expenses covered; an investment offer up to 500K€.

One of the coolest startup competitions out there, Get in the Ring hosts different challenges across different cities starting in May, leading up to the finals, which take place on a boxing ring – literally.

Global Startup Awards 2021

#global #innovation #technology #web

Application Start: Now
Deadline: April 28, 2021
Prize: Various prizes

Global Startup Awards is the biggest independent startup ecosystem competition with the mission to find, recognize and connect the future-shapers of the digital age from all around the globe. Moreover, Global Startup Awards organizes six regional startup awards.

Central European Startup Awards 2021

#central #eastern #europe #innovation #technology

Application Start: Now
Deadline: April 28, 2021
Prize: Various prizes

Regional startup competition for startups from the following countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Czechia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

South Europe Startup Awards 2021

#south #europe #innovation #technology

Application Start: Now
Deadline: April 28, 2021
Prize: Various prizes

Regional startup competition for startups from the following countries:Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain.

Nordic Startup Awards 2021

#nordics #europe #innovation #technology

Application Start: Now
Deadline: April 28, 2021
Prize: Various prizes

Regional startup competition for startups from the following countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

EuroAsian Startup Awards

#europe #asia #innovation #technology

Application Start: Now
Deadline: April 28, 2021
Prize: Various prizes

Regional startup competition for startups from the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Southern Africa Startup Awards 2021

#southern #africa #innovation #technology

Application Start: Now
Deadline: April 28, 2021
Prize: Various prizes

Regional startup competition for startups from the following countries: Zimbabwe, Angola, Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Botswana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Seychelles and DRC.

Asean Startup Awards 2021

#southeast #asia #innovation #technology

Application Start: 20 November 2020
Deadline: 02 February 2021
Prize: Various prizes

Regional startup competition for startups from the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


EVENT COMPETITIONS

BOOM21 Conference

#innovation #healthtech #education #media #finance #entertainment

Application Start: Now
Deadline: January 29, 2021
Prize: Top BOOM21 disruptors will be revealed on Wild Digital's newsletter, website, media and events across Asia.
Criteria: Must be based in Southeast Asia

BOOM21 stands for Bold, Original, Outstanding Minds – in reference to Wild Digital’s vision to highlight the region’s best and to provide a platform for further dialogue and engagement.

Infoshare Startup Contest 2021

#poland #technology #innovation

Application Start: TBC
Deadline: TBC
Prize: 20K€
Criteria: Seed-stage or early-stage

EU-Startup Summit 2021

#europe #innovation #technology  

Application Start: Now
Deadline: March 15, 2021
Prize: Prize package with a value of roughly 85K€ and featured by EU-Startups and other publications
Criteria: Pre-seed or seed stage

4YFN Impact Awards 2021

#global #positive #impact #digital #technology #SDG

Application Start: January 13, 2021
Deadline: March 17, 2021
Prize: Media coverage and onsite visibility
Criteria: Early-stage, any sector, related with digital technologies and solving one or more UN Sustainable Development Goals.

GLOMO Awards 2021

#global #mobile #technology #innovation

Application Start: Now
Deadline: March 17, 2021
Prize: Media coverage and onsite visibility
Criteria: Open to all eligible mobile industry and supporting industry companies in the broad eco-system

The GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards (GLOMO Awards) recognise and celebrate all contributions made to the evolving and developing mobile industry. Companies and organisations from all over the world are welcome to enter in the wide range of categories covering broad aspects of the mobile industry. These awards encourage and support entries which grow and enhance the mobile eco-system and advance the value of mobile communications with noticeable benefits to the wider industry.

The LVMH Innovation Award 2021

#europe #customer #journey #retail

Application Start: Now
Deadline: March 15, 2021
Prize: Media coverage and onsite visibility (VivaTech 2021)
Criteria: You are able to answer to the challenge : “The Future of Customer Experience is here”, you are a startup from early stage to growth and scale-up and your solution can be operated at a global scale.

LVMH has a profound attachment to innovation since it was founded. While the COVID-19 pandemic truly is a world-changing event, it is also a driver for digitalization and innovation. The Group strongly believes that this crisis can be turned into a stimulating environment fostering change and that the LVMH Innovation Award remains a great opportunity for startups to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit in an unpredicted economic context for them.

Fifty Founders Battle

#baltic #europe #technology #innovation

Application Start: Now
Deadline: April 1, 2021
Prize: 10K€ (Cash prize) + other valuable prizes
Criteria: All early stage startups related to FinTech, B2B, AI&ML, Sustainability, Hardware, IoT, and Robotics. No country restrictions.

Fifty Founders Battle is TechChill's annual pitch competition. This year the main focus is on FinTech, B2B, AI&ML, Sustainability, Hardware, IoT and Robotics fields.

Network Sustainability Award 2021

#europe #technology #sustainability #energy #network

Application Start: Now
Deadline: April 5, 2021
Prize: 1st Prize: 25K€, 2nd Prize: 15K€, 3rd Prize: 10K€ (cash prizes)
Criteria: Solutions need to be on TRL (technology readiness level) 6-7 and electricity needs to be the main form of energy.

hubraum, the tech incubator of Deutsche Telekom, is looking for solutions for renewable energy production & storage and network management.

So whether you’re part of a startup, a company, or you’re simply an individual launching your own developed solution focused on network sustainability, submit your application for your chance to win the award, along with some cash prizes (the top three winners will take home 50K between them) and the opportunity to develop a proof of concept or prototype with Deutsche Telekom and its partners.

South Summit Competition 2021

#global #innovation #technology  

Application Start: Now
Deadline: April 27, 2021
Prize: $1,000,000 in Silicon Valley funding
Criteria: Any stage, industry and country

South Summit Competition brings together the most innovative startups regardless their industry, development stage and country. The competition is an excellent showcase to provide more visibility to your project, get new clients, funding, or achieve strategic partnerships. The most promising ideas and teams will be found in this edition’s pitching session.

Web Summit PITCH 2021

#global #technology #deeptech #innovation

Application Start: TBC
Deadline: TBC
Prize: exposure to a worldwide influential audience
Criteria: PITCH is open to all startup program attendees that have received less than €3 million in funding to date and that have not discernibly changed their business model in the last three years.

PITCH is Web Summit’s startup competition, pitting the world’s leading startups head-to-head in a series of online pitching battles.

TechCrunch Startup Battlefield 2021

#global #technology #innovation #disruption

Application Start: Now
Deadline: May 13, 2021
Prize: $100K (no-equity cash prize)
Criteria: Early-stage startups

Startup Battlefield brings the world’s top early stage startups together on one stage to compete for equity free prize money, and the attention of media and investors world wide. The judges include TechCrunch editors as well as top VCs and entrepreneurs, and past winners include names like Vurb, Dropbox, Mint, Yammer and many more. Participation is entirely free and open.

Hello Tomorrow Challenge 2021

#global #DeepTech #science #challenge

Application Start: Now
Deadline: June 21, 2021
Prize: 100K€ Grand Prize for the best early-stage deep tech project & 10K€ Prize for each industry track winner
Criteria: Early-stage startups

Opportunity to pitch or showcase in front of a curated audience of renowned industry leaders & investors. Get spotted by international media, with interview opportunities.

Collision PITCH 2021

#global #technology #deeptech #innovation

Application Start: Now (Application for Startup Program)
Deadline: TBC
Prize: Visibility and Audience
Criteria: Early-stage startups

PITCH is the startup competition at Collision that brings together the world’s leading startups for an online pitching battle.

sTARTUp Day Pitching 2021

#technology #innovation

Application Start: Now
Deadline: May 31, 2021
Prize: Various prizes
Criteria: Early-stage to scale-up startups

The applications for sTARTUp Pitching Powered by EstBAN have been extended due to the festival being postponed to August 25–27, 2021. More information TBA soon.

Latitude59 Pitching Competition

#digital #technology

Application Start: Now
Deadline: July 27, 2021
Prize: 200K€ (Investment)
Criteria: Early-stage startups


EIT Digital Challenge 2021

#europe #digital #technology #health #city #finance #industry

Application Start: Now
Deadline: May 10, 2021
Prize: 100K€ (Cash prize)
Criteria: Fast-growing European technology startup that offers digital tech applied to industry, cities, wellbeing, infrastructure and finance

Startup Village 2021

#russia #technology #DeepTech

Application Start: TBC
Deadline: TBC
Prize: 33K€ (Cash prize) + Prizes for the second and third place
Criteria: Technological Innovation, Competitive advantage, Quality of the Business model

Oslo Innovation Week 100 Pitches 2021

#europe #innovation #sustainability #SDG

Application Start: TBC
Deadline: TBC
Prize: Visibility and Audience
Criteria: Your startup is tackling one (or more) of the UN SDG

OIW 100 Pitches connects investors, VC’s, corporates and partners with startups working towards the UN 17 sustainable development goals.

IdeaLab! Pitch Battle 2021

#europe #innovation #technology #students

Application Start: End of march
Deadline: TBC
Prize: Various prizes
Criteria: Pre-Seed to Series A

IdeaLab! is Europe’s premier student-led startup conference designed to connect young founders with top-tier investors and startup-interested students with forward-thinking companies.

Startups can purchase a ticket to pitch in front of the investors. After, the 8 most promising startups will be picked and have the chance to win the pitchbattle.

Cybershark Startup Competition 2021

#europe #AI #DeepTech

Application Start: TBC
Deadline: TBC
Prize: $5k Oracle Cloud credits (includes 70% discount from day 1) and Startup stand at the InspiredMinds! summit of your choice (virtual or physical)
Criteria: Early stage startup in AI

Startup Avalanche 2021

#innovation #DeepTech #technology

Application Start: TBC
Deadline: TBC
Prize: 75K€ Investment
Criteria: Early-stage startups

Powered by Techsylvania in partnership with Risky Business, Startup Avalanche is a launching platform connecting ambitious early-stage startups with experienced international VCs and investors.

Startup Avalanche is not just another pitching competition. The credo is “show, don’t (just) tell”. Whether it’s AI, SaaS, IoT, Medtech/E-health, Agritech, Ecotech, Security, VR, Legal tech, Logistics or an emerging vertical, the rules are simple: it has to prove traction, scalability, value.



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