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



Technologies that enhance and improve traditional transportation

Financial Services & Insurance

Innovative integration of technology in the financial and insurance sector

Media & Gaming

New technologies that can disrupt the burgeoning media & gaming industry


Digital solutions that enhance educational services


Technologies that utilize the internet to provide groundbreaking products and services


Innovative mobile solutions that provide smart life services


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


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


  • 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


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.