Huawei Spark Ignite 2021 - Global Startup Competition

Fire up your startup and take it to new heights with Huawei!

 

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Are you DARING enough to push past the boundaries of the status quo and stimulate growth into a brighter future? 

Huawei is calling on Startups across the globe to join Huawei Spark 2021 for a chance to enter the Huawei Spark Accelerator program and play a key role in defining the disruptive technologies of tomorrow!

The Top 2 Startups will also be fast-tracked to the SLINGSHOT 2021 - Top 100 global startups as part of the SFF x SWITCH 2021 event.

This year, we have a new track - Mobile Applications - with Huawei AppGallery to discover and nurture innovative mobile apps with high growth potential.

If you have a business entity or clients in the Asia pacific region, and have commercially available services/products in one of the fields below, then Huawei wants to hear from you!

*Startups that are already a part of the Spark cohort, past winners of AppsUP 2020, or startups currently part of Huawei’s partner network are not eligible to compete

Fields of Interest

 

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Transportation

Technologies that enhance and improve traditional transportation

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Financial Services & Insurance

Innovative integration of technology in the financial and insurance sector

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Media & Gaming

New technologies that can disrupt the burgeoning media & gaming industry

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Education

Digital solutions that enhance educational services

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Internet

Technologies that utilize the internet to provide groundbreaking products and services

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Mobile

Innovative mobile solutions that provide smart life services

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Sustainability

Leverage AI/ML, Cloud, & IOT to support energy efficiency, stimulate low carbon consumption, and track/predict carbon emission and facilitate carbon trade

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MICE

SaaS, XR solutions that delivers better MICE (meeting, incentive, conferences, exhibition) experiences pertaining to a post-covid world

Timeline

  • Application

    May - Aug 18

    Register and submit your Startup Pitch Deck!

  • Shortlisting #1

    Aug 19 - Aug 29

    The Top 30 startups will be shortlisted.

  • Interview

    Aug 30 - Sep 19

    An interview with Huawei specialists to take a deep dive into your solution.

  • Shortlisting #2

    Sep 20 - Sep 24

    The Top 15 startups will be shortlisted.

  • Mentoring

    Sep 25 - Oct 15

    The Top 15 will be mentored by Huawei to develop their product concept and improve/practice their pitch.

  • Internal Pitch

    Oct 20

    The Top 15 will pitch virtually to a Huawei jury panel and the top 5 will be shortlisted.

  • Final Event

    Nov 2

    Top 5 finalists to pitch live in front of a Huawei jury panel

Prizes & Incentives

 
 
Submit your proposals for the chance to be rewarded by Huawei:

For the Top 2 Winners:
 
  • USD 125K Cloud Credits
  • Admission to the Huawei Spark Program “Accelerate” Tier
  • Admission to Huawei Spark Fire
  • Admission to Spark Go-China program
  • Fundraising Support
  • Stand to EACH win a S$30,000 Startup SG grant sponored by Enterprise Singapore. T&Cs apply
  • Both winners will be fast-tracked to the Top 100 of SLINGSHOT 2021 powered by Startup SG

For the 3rd to 5th Place:
 
  • USD 80K Cloud Credits
  • Admission to the Huawei Spark Program “Accelerate” Tier
  • Admission to Huawei Spark Fire
  • Admission to Spark Go-China program
  • Fundraising Support

For the 6th to 10th Place:
 
  • USD 40K Cloud Credits
  • Admission to the Huawei Spark Program “Incubate” Tier
  • Fundraising Support

For the 11th to 15th Place:
 
  • USD 20K Cloud Credits
  • Admission to the Huawei Spark Program "Incubate" Tier
  • Fundraising Support

For the 16th to 30th Place:
 
  • USD 5K Cloud Credits

Mobile App Track:
 
  • Top 2 Winners: USD 50K worth of Go-To-Market resources and support
  • 3rd: USD 25K worth of Go-To-Market resources and support
  • 4th & 5th: USD 10K worth of Go-To-Market resources and support
  • The Top 5 will be shortlisted and fast-tracked to AppsUP 2021 expert review stage (2nd phase), having the chance to win from a prize pool of USD200,000.
  • Access to 5-week structured programming academy
  • 1 year's access to Huawei Mobile Innovation - DIGIX Lab's offline space and online resources

Exclusive matching with Venture Capital firms:
 
  • Opportunity to meet with top tier venture capital firms of Spark VC partners
  • 1-on-1 fundraising consultation session (45 minutes) with HKSTP venture. Caveats: pertain to startups who want to expand business into Hong Kong.

Mentorship Opportunities
 
  • One-to-one pre-competition mentorship session with Huawei mentors for Top 15 selected startups
  • Opportunity to be coached by spark Advisory Council, comprising of 20 C-level industry leaders

VIRTUAL FINAL

 
Due to the COVID-19 situation, the final event for Huawei Spark Ignite 2021 will be a hybrid virtual/in-person event.
 
The Top 30 companies will receive great prizes, mentorship opportunities, and even exposure to venture capitalists.
 
The Top 2 winners of the competition will be fast-tracked to compete as a Top 100 Global Startup at SLINGSHOT 2021.