As part of the startup community, we want to ensure that everyone gets a chance to fulfill their dreams. That’s why we’re holding a startup competition at the 2018 TechCrunch International Innovation Summit in Shenzhen.

We’re inviting startup teams from all over the world to show us what they’ve got. We’re also inviting successful CEOs, founders, and VCs to give competitors advice and guidance on how to get their startups ready to hit the ground running.

TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018 Startup Competition sponsors

Registration: Please visit the Startup Competition website and fill out all required information.

The deadline for registration is October 28th!

After the project selection process, 50 chosen projects will participate in an online battle. The top three winners of each category from the online battle will move on to participate in the offline finals together with the winners of the Greater Bay Hong Kong Startup Competition and the Healthcare Startup Competition.

TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018 Startup Competition timeline

Why should you join the startup competition?

In previous years we had:

  • Participating startups from across 25+ countries and regions
  • 80+ senior investors
  • 30+ top media reporters

Benefits for shortlisted companies:

  • Registered startups

1)Registered startups will get 2 tickets for TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018 (two-day tickets)

2)Registered startups can take part in VC MEETUP

  • Online Top 50

1) Semifinalist startups will get a discounted exhibition booth for TechCrunch Shenzhen

2) Semifinalist startups will get 2 tickets for TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018 (two-day tickets)

  • Top 3 finalist startups from 5 categories

1)Startups getting through to the final competition (16 total) can present their products to the audience, media, and VCs on stage at TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018

2)Get a free exhibition booth for TechCrunch Shenzhen

3)Get an exclusive interview from TechCrunch China and TechNode

4)Receive TechNode’s Financial Advisory Services

5)Get an exclusive pass for VC MEETUP PRO

6)In addition to the above awards, the finalists will receive a generous bonus and Hong Kong Science and Technology Park’s entrepreneurial acceleration service. More details:


  • Project categories: Blockchain, New Retail, Healthcare, Big Data, Sports and Fitness.
  • Startups with Pre-series A.

Startup Competition at TechCrunch International Innovation Summit in previous years

Free entry

Registration for this competition is free as long as you meet the above requirements. This startup competition is open to entrepreneurs worldwide. We’re focused on bringing you exclusive quality cooperation resources. Right in the heart of the “maker city” of Shenzhen, we are reshaping innovation. Come take part in the world’s leading technology innovation event!


TechCrunch China:


Startup Competition:

Zoey Li



Business Cooperation:

Eva Zhang



Financial Advisory:

Will Rao



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