A short list of startup competitions in Silicon Valley.

Startup competitions is a great way to connect your company to Silicon Valley—in addition to prize and prestige potential, they’re a great way to network with other entrepreneurs and potential business partners. Startup competitions are also great pitch practice—you’ll come to know your own company inside and out before you launch into a local or global marketplace. This list also includes hackathons, which happen yearly in Silicon Valley; hackathons are a great way to meet new people and to build your local network—even meet your next partner or team member.

Check out Silicon Valley Forum’s upcoming events – there are always something going on for startups.

Developerweek Hackathon

DeveloperWeek is San Francisco’s largest developer conference & event series with dozens of week-long events including the DeveloperWeek Conference & Expo, 1,000+ attendee hackathon, 1000+ attendee tech hiring expo, and a series of workshops, open houses, drink-ups, and city-wide events across San Francisco!


AngelHack ignites the passion of the world’s most vibrant community of code creators + change makers to invent the new and make change happen, together. Through hackathons, pre-acceleration and education, we help developers become well-rounded holistic hackers where they can build, test and launch their ideas to the world.

AEC Hackathon

The AEC (Architecture, Engineering, Construction) Hackathon was created to give those designing, building, and maintaining our built environment the opportunity to collaborate with cutting edge technologies and its developers and designers. Simply put, ‘nerd-sourcing’ at its finest for improving the industries that affect all that live or work in a house or building. It has quickly become a global community of innovators that include all elements of the built environment.

Techcrunch Disrupt

TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies, and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley, and After Parties.

Launch Scale

LAUNCH Scale is our 2 day conference based in San Francisco, California. This conference is designed for founders (free) to help them scale their businesses. We feature fireside & tactical talks throughout the two days, to help founders gain actionable insights that help scale their operations. In previous years, we’ve had founders, executives, and investors in some of the fastest growing startups: Calm, Twitter, Allbirds, Pinterest, Superhuman, Nextdoor, Fitbod, and more.

Seed Stars World

Seedstars World promotes, connects and invests up to $1.5mn in emerging market startups through its exclusive startup competition in 60 countries.

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