Here are the best startup pitch competitions you should consider joining in 2018. For each startup pitch competition we explained a few details:

  • The name
  • Why you should participate
  • What you can win
  • How much exposure it will generate you, based on their
  • amount of website views per month
  • Location
  • Application URL

Since some startup pitch competitions offer more value to each type of startup, we decided to order the list alphabetically.

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Here are the best startup pitch competitions of 2018

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#1 Arch Grants Startup Competition

Name Arch Grants Startup Competition
Why participate? Arch Grants is looking for innovative technologies, products, or services, wrapped within scalable for-profit business models with the potential to make national or international impact.
What can you win?
$50,000.
Exposure?
4,200 website visitors per month
Location
Washington
Apply http://www.archgrants.org/

#2 BETAPITCH

Name BETAPITCH
Why participate? BETAPITCH is a global startup competition initiated by betahaus. This startup competition takes place globally and has it’s finals in Berlin.
What can you win? A flight to Silicon Valley + Cash (how much has not been revealed yet)
Exposure?
900 website visitors per month
Location Vienna, Berlin, JönKöping, Hamburg, Tirana, Sofia, Lisbon, Mostar, Cairo
Apply https://www.betapitch.net/

#3 CodeLaunch Startup Expo

Name CodeLaunch Pitch Day
Why participate? 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. If you have an idea for an app and nothing more, you still are qualified to apply.
What can you win? Benefits for the overall winner of CodeLaunch vary year-to-year. In 2017, the overall winner benefited from over $35K in seed services including a weekend-long Hackathon where Code Authority’s software development team worked towards building their MVP.
Exposure?
2250 website visitors per month
Location Texas
Apply http://www.codelaunch.com/

#4 Elevator Pitch FEST

Name Elevator Pitch FEST
Why participate? StartUP Academy features a structured program of workshops and pitch events, as well as face-time with investors. Events are designed to help startups go from concept to company.
What can you win? The attention from a lot of investors
Exposure?
3,000 website visitors per month
Location New York & San Fran Sisco
Apply https://techcrunch.com/startup-battlefield/

#5 Founder Showcase

Name Founder Showcase
Why participate? Present your startup in front of hundreds of Silicon Valley investors, founders and the press.
What can you win? The attention from a lot of investors
Exposure?
150 website visitors per month
Location Silicon Valley
Apply http://www.foundershowcase.com/crowdpitch/

#6 Get In The Ring

Name Get In The Ring
Why participate? Compete against thousands of startups globally, win awards, get exposure and create fans to scale up your business.
What can you win?
Get to know investors and receive a lot of exposure. Alongside you win a ticket to the finals in Portugal.
Exposure?
5,100 website visitors per month
Location 100+ countries worldwide
Apply https://getinthering.co/competition/

#7 G-Startup Worldwide

Name G-Startup Worldwide
Why participate? 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.
What can you win?
$50,000
Exposure?
12,000 website visitors per month
Location Dubai, Tel Aviv, Beijing, Riyadh, Silicon Valley, Sao Paulo, Jakarta, Bangalore
Apply http://g-startup.com/

#8 Hatch Pitch

Name Hatch Pitch
Why participate?
Thinking of applying but not sure if you’re in the right place? We are looking for tech startups that fit in our broad categories of Connected World, Digital Health, Mobility/Transportation. Give it a shot!
What can you win?
Get in touch with many investors
Exposure?
300 website visitors per month
Location Houston
Apply
https://www.hatchpitch.com/about

#9 Hello Tomorrow Challenge

Name Hello Tomorrow Challenge
Why participate?
As a global not-for-profit created by deep tech entrepreneurs, our mission is to highlight, empower and connect the most promising deep-tech entreprises across the globe to accelerate the transfer of breakthrough technologies into real world solutions.
What can you win?
€100,000
Exposure?
18,000 website visitors per month
Location Paris
Apply
http://www.hello-tomorrow.org/startups

#10 MIT 100k Entrepreneurship Competition

Name MIT 100k Entrepreneurship Competition
Why participate?
For 28 years, the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition has been bringing together students and researchers from across MIT and Greater Boston to launch their talent, ideas, and technology into leading companies.
What can you win?
$10,000
Exposure?
12,000 website visitors per month
Location Boston
Apply
http://www.mit100k.org/

#11 New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition

Name New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition
Why participate?
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
What can you win?
$15,000
Exposure?
700,000 website visitors per month
Location New York
Apply
https://www.nypl.org/help/services/startup

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#12 PitchForce

Name PitchForce
Why participate?
If you are CEO of a software, social, mobile, big data, consumer web, finance/payments, clean tech, biotech or medtech company interested in applying to present at PitchForce, please join!
What can you win?
Get in touch with investors
Exposure?
150 website visitors per month
Location San Fran Sisco
Apply
http://pitch-force.com/

#13 QuickPitch Competition

Name QuickPitch Competition
Why participate? Get in touch with experienced Tech Coast Angels and San Diego Venture Group Investors
What can you win?
$50,000.
Exposure?
6,900 website visitors per month
Location
San Diego
Apply https://quickpitchsd.com/

#14 Startup Battlefield

Name Startup Battlefield
Why participate? Startup Battlefield brings the world’s top early stage startups together on one stage to compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize, and the attention from press on a large scale.
What can you win? $50,000
Exposure?
30 million website visitors per month
Location New York & San Fran Sisco
Apply https://techcrunch.com/startup-battlefield/

#15 Startup Pitch Night

Name Startup Pitch Night
Why participate?
Startup Pitch Night provides the best format for startups to practice and improve their pitch
What can you win?
Different per event
Exposure?
300 website visitors per month
Location
15+ locations all over the world
Apply
http://www.startuppitchnight.com/startuppitchnight/

#16 Startupfest $200K Investment Prize

Name Startupfest $200K Investment Prize
Why participate?
A group of angel investors come together to award an investment prize worth $200k+!
What can you win? $200,000
Exposure?
7000 website visitors per month
Location Montreal
Apply
http://www.startupfestival.com/startups/

#17 SXSW V2V

Name SXSW V2V
Why participate?
SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event will feature 50 Interactive technology companies from 10 different categories.
What can you win?
Get in touch with investors.
Exposure?
350,000 website visitors per month
Location Texas
Apply
https://www.sxsw.com/apply-to-participate/sxsw-accelerator/

#18 TechCrunch Disrupt

Name TechCrunch Disrupt
Why participate?
Startup Battlefield brings the world’s top early stage startups together on one stage to compete for the coveted Disrupt Cup, a $50,000 prize, and the attention of media and investors.
What can you win? $50,000
Exposure?
22 million website visitors per month
Location Berlin, San Fran Sisco,  New York
Apply
https://techcrunch.com/event-info/disrupt-sf-2018/

#19 The Startup Conference

Name The Startup Conference
Why participate?
The competition is open to startups that have raised less than $2M in funding and are less than 4 years old. There is a sweetspot in our heart for self-funded startups, so even if you are one solo entrepreneur in your garage, as long as you came up with something great, do apply!
What can you win?
$120,000
Exposure?
4000 website visitors per month
Location California
Apply

http://thestartupconference.com/startup-competition/

The next edition will take place on may the 17th 2018.

#20 U Pitch Competition

Name U Pitch Competition
Why participate? Are a student entrepreneur and want to take your to the next stage.
What can you win?
$10,000.
Exposure?
6,000 website visitors per month
Location Chicago
Apply http://futurefounders.com/startup/upitch/https://quickpitchsd.com/

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