Embark on a remarkable journey by participating in the prestigious HICOOL Global Entrepreneurship Competition in Beijing, a city ranked 3rd globally in startup ecosystems.

HICOOL Global Entrepreneurship Competition
HICOOL Global Entrepreneurship Competition

This competition is a golden opportunity for early and growth-stage technology startups, offering a chance to compete for a share of over $11 million in prize money.

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Imagine standing among the best in a city that houses 93 unicorns. The HICOOL Global Entrepreneurship Competition is more than a contest; it’s a launchpad for your innovative startup. With a prize pool exceeding USD 11 million and categories covering AI, healthcare, new tech, and more, this is where your ideas meet opportunity.

Key Highlights:

🚀 Prize Pool: Compete for a substantial share of over USD 11 million.

🌐 Global Reach: Open to ambitious technology startups in the early or growth stage worldwide.

Comprehensive Categories:

1️⃣ AI/VR/FinTech

2️⃣ Medicine and Healthcare

3️⃣ New Generation of Information Technology

4️⃣ High-end Equipment

5️⃣ New Energy/New Materials/Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection

6️⃣ Cultural Creativity

7️⃣ AgriTech/FoodTech

🗓 Competition Agenda (Proposed): Suitable startups will receive support during the application period to enhance applications and provide additional information.

Program type

Startup Competition


  • Series A


  • Series B



  • AI
  • Technology
  • VR
  • FinTech
  • Precision
  • Medicine
  • Healthcare
  • Information Technology
  • SaaS
  • Intelligent Equipment
  • Energy Conservation
  • New Energy
  • New Material
  • Biotech
  • EnvironmentalProtection
  • Culture Creativity
  • AgriTech
  • Foodtech



Program benefits

Massive Prize Pool: Over USD 11 million

💰 7 x First Prize: 300,000 USD (2 Million RMB]

💰 21 x Second Prize: 150,000 USD [1 Million RMB]

💰 42 x Third Prize: 75,000 USD [500,000 RMB]

💰 70 x Additional Winning Prize: 30,000 USD [200,000 RMB]

Additional Benefits at HICOOL 2024

Participating startups in the preliminary round of the HICOOL Global Entrepreneurship Competition gain access to a host of valuable benefits:

🤝 Investor Matchmaking: Connect with 1st tier investors such as GGV, Skysaga, Sequoia, and more.

🌐 PoC Introductions: Forge partnerships with Fortune 500 companies and leading corporates from both international and Chinese sides.

🚀 Pitch Training: Receive support from the HICOOL team to fine-tune your pitches for the Chinese audience.

👥 Mentorship: Access guidance from experienced mentors.

📣 Media Exposure: Showcase your startup to a wider audience.

🌐 Visa Support: Facilitate your visa process.

🏢 Company Setup Support: Assistance in setting up your company.

💰 Loan Support: Available if needed.

🌿 Green-Card Support: Subject to meeting requirements.

Why Apply Through Founders Lair?

  • Awarded Startup Scout of the Year in 2020, 2021, and 2022.
  • Helped 250+ startups reach semi-finals or win prestigious prizes.
  • Continuous support throughout the competition journey.

How to Apply

If you are a global and ambitious startup eager to join one of the world’s most prestigious entrepreneurship competitions, apply today through Founders Lair. Use this opportunity to position yourself as a leading technology startup, gain access to top-tier investors and corporates, and compete for exciting cash prizes.

Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2024