Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge (SVIC)

The Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge (SVIC) is one of two competitions hosted by the SVCE and co-promoted by IDEAS. Their mission is to cultivate entrepreneurs and provide the necessary guidance to enable students to take their innovative business ideas to the next level. Winners of the competition receive cash prizes to advance their innovations, but all participants receive mentorship and networking opportunities from SJSU faculty, industry experts, and entrepreneurs willing to support students in developing their ideas. All ideas remain the intellectual property of the participants. This year’s finalist showcase is scheduled for Wednesday, November 28 in the Student Union Ballroom, San Jose State University (SJSU). Event doors open at 10:00 a.m. for student setup and 1:00 p.m. for the general public. Doors close at 6:00 p.m.

Silicon Valley Business Plan Competition
San Jose State University hosts a campus-wide competition in which all students and alumni can compete for cash prizes.

Zimvest Events
In an attempt to lessen the gender parity problem in Silicon Valley entrepreneurship, Parazim hosts regular Zimvest pitch competitions for female entrepreneurs.

The Startup Conference

The competition is open to startups that have raised less than $2M in funding and are less than 4 years old. There is a sweet spot 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!

San Francisco Elevator Pitch

San Francisco Elevator Pitch is an organization that hosts frequent pitch competitions. Presenters are chosen on a first come first served basis, and only 10 startup entrepreneurs are allowed to pitch at each event. The winner of the SF Elevator Pitch will receive an invitation to PitchForce.

Founder Showcase

The Founder Showcase is Silicon Valley’s leading international startup event, helping seed-stage startups learn, launch, network, and be successful. Top figures in Silicon Valley are invited to discuss pressing topics in startups and venture capital. After they have a pitch competition completely geared towards seed-stage startups.


G-Startup Worldwide is a global startup competition held around the world including in Silicon Valley 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.

Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition

This global platform empowers young entrepreneurs (age 15-35) from around the world to engage in a more peaceful world. Participants are invited to submit their innovative ideas and projects with a societal impact, which champion and implement one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 related targets address the most important social, economic, environmental, health and governance challenges of our time.