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.


Apply for a Regional Competition

Think you have what it takes? If you meet the startup eligibility requirements, apply to a regional competition for a chance to pitch onstage and win investment prizes. Apply at one of the competition locations below.

Onstage Pitch

Score as a Top 10 Finalist

An evaluation committee made up of top VC’s and Accelerators will choose the top 10 startups that get the opportunity to compete in the regional competition.

Battle in the Regional Competitions

Regional Top 10 Finalists
Opportunity to pitch onstage to VC’s at GMIC
Accepted to Google Developers Launchpad Program
Complimentary demo booth at a local G-startup
Complimentary GMIC passes for your team
Regional 3rd Place Winners
$20,000 investment prize
Regional 2nd Place Winners
$30,000 investment prize
1 Year G-Network Membership
Regional Winners
$50,000 investment prize
1 Year G-Network Membership
3 Day Mentorship Bootcamp at Google’s headquarters
Complimentary trip to Silicon Valley (up to $1000 flight + 3 nights hotel) to pitch at the Global Final Competition
VIP Ticket to GMIC SV
Demo booth at GMIC SV

Regional Competitions

Global Final Competition

Grand Prize Winner
Additional $250,000 investment ($300,000 total)
Speaking opportunities at GMIC 2017
Overall 2nd Place Winner
Additional $120,000 investment ($170,000 total)


2016-2017 Competition

The series starts November 2016 in Bangalore and ends September 2017 in Silicon Valley.

November 16-17, 2016
December 2, 2016
Apply by November 6
March 2017
Apply by February 22
April 2017
Apply by March 28
July 2017
Apply by June 15
August 2017
Apply by July 9
São Paulo
August 2017
Apply by July 24
Silicon Valley
September 2017
Apply by August 27


G-Startup judges are world leading venture capitalists and tech leaders.

Gigi Levy-Weiss

Gigi Levy-Weiss
Founding Partner
NFX Guild

Fu Sheng

Fu Sheng
Cheetah Mobile

Dave McClure

Dave McClure
Managing Director
500 Startups

Tim Chang

Tim Chang
Managing Director
Mayfield Fund

Jenny Lee

Jenny Lee
Managing Partner
GGV Capital

Tim Draper

Tim Draper
Managing Director

James Shen

James Shen
Managing Director
Qualcomm Ventures

Lei Jun

Lei Jun
CEO & Founder

Charles Hudson

Charles Hudson
Venture Partner
SoftTech Ventures

Charles Hudson

Sasha Mirchandani
Managing Director
Kae Capital

View previous judges and mentors


Nothing shows what is possible like our amazing alumni.

Competed 2010 – Raised $157 Million

Won “Most Innovative App” in 2013 – $35 Billion Valuation

Competed Beijing 2010 – Acquired by Apple in 2010

Won Silicon Valley 2014 – Raised $12.8 Million from August Capital

Won Silicon Valley 2015 – Raised $3.25 Million Seed from Lightspeed Venture Partners

Won Bangalore 2015 – Raised $1 Million Seed from NEA


Our partners that make it all possible.

Sequoia Capital
Cheetah Mobile
Google Developers Launchpad
Cutler PR

Media Partners

Your Story
Inc 42
Befast TV
Entrepreneur Magazine
Tech In Asia
Venture Square


Over 500 journalists cover our events each year.

Business Insider
China Daily

Why Apply to G-Startup Worldwide?

Promote Your Startup
Accepted applicants will receive the opportunity to pitch your startup on stage at GMIC, which will draw over 100,000 attendees across 9 global events in 2016.
Raise Money
With $1 million of investment up for grabs and many VC’s and angel investors in the audience, your series A has never been closer. Just ask our Alumni who have raised billions!
Get Advice
Our judges and mentor network are global, top tier investors who will provide candid feedback to you on your pitch and help you define the next steps of your startup.
Global Network
Build Your Global Network
Our G-Network will get you access to the 700 senior mobile leaders in our private, invitation-only community that spans the globe and will help you grow globally.
Get Famous
Over 500 journalists attend our events annually from publications like Forbes, Techcrunch, China Daily, NDTV, etc.
Early Adopters
Acquire Early Adopters
Demo your startup on the GMIC exhibition floor to hundreds of attendees to get feedback and acquire early adopters.



GMIC hosts mobile executives, entrepreneurs, developers, and investors from around the globe and across platforms to build partnerships, to learn from industry thought leaders, to better understand mobile technology trends, and to shed light on how mobile is positively changing the world.


GWC enables technology innovation that positively impacts mankind by building connections and trust among mobile industry leaders and innovators globally.


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