ABOUT SVIEF Start-up Contest

As one of the largest innovation and technology forums held in the U.S. and China, SVIEF has successfully made an influence in both the Silicon Valley and the mainland China in the past 6 years.
To accelerate technological innovations and establish deeper cooperation between China and the U.S., SVIEF will hold SVIEF-Star startup competitions every quarter. The winner of our startup competition will have opportunities to receive cross-border investment and get a wide range of exposure from U.S. and Chinese media. Our vision is that through the startup competition and future collaboration, we can support early-stage with SVIEF resources and together we can make the world a better place.


As a sub-brand of the Silicon Valley Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum, SVIEF-Star Start-up Competition is the annual start-up competition for Chinese and American start-up projects. Each year, SVIEF will hold start-up competitions quarterly with the largest one in late September in Silicon Valley. The SVIEF committee has cumulated over 1000 applications, with 200 receiving media exposure. 100 of the submitted projects have entered roadshow section for investment and fundraising evaluation. Finally, only 10 of them can enter the finale and become one of the “SVIEF-STARs.” According to our incomplete statistics, our winners and nearly 150 projects from previous competitions have settled in the technology centers of different cities in China with financial support from the SVIEF committee, Chinese local government and top 500 companies’ investment.

During SVIEF China Tour in Beijing, three projects from previous competitions got showcased and interviewed by mainstream Chinese media CCTV. 10 projects had an exclusive opportunity to have close conversation with Silicon Valley guru.


CCTV reported on SVIEF-Star proejcts


Conversation with Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple Inc.

The 7th SVIEF-STAR now opens for nation-wide applications until mid-September 1th. The committee which consists of high-level VC founders will select 30 projects. The finale will be held at the end of September during the SVIEF annual two-day conference.

The competition aims to provide market insights and resources for a global high-tech innovation industry, while connecting entrepreneurs with investors and organizations from China and the U.S., and to nourish their innovative ideas with professional media exposure. The competition wishes to cultivate super innovation projects through training, roadshows, face-to-face conversations with investors and multi-media promotions.

SVIEF also sets up a fund for better incentive to these innovation projects. The SVIEF Capital officially launched during the most recent conference of 2017 SVIEF (Beijing), comprising of 100 million dollars. Participants as the 7th SVIEF-STAR will have a chance of being invested by the SVIEF Capital.


Final at 2016 SVIEF-STAR


Launching Ceremony of SVIEF Capital

Key Dates to Mark

The competition strictly follows the principles of fairness, equity, openness and competitive merit. It mainly takes into consideration from the aspects of technology and products, business model and implementation plan, industry and market, team and so on.

1.  Application submission: August

SVIEF-STAR now opens for nation-wide applications. The committee will look into applicants’ qualification for the first round.

Apply now: http://www.svief.org/apply

All proposals are due by midnight, August 31 (PST)

2. Preliminary stage: September 1 - September 12

Eligible submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges invited by the committee. 30 projects will be selected to enter the semi-final with multi-media promotions at the same time.

3. Semi-final: September 13

Selected projects will be grouped according to specific industries and present in front of famous investors, incubator directors and senior industry professionals. 15 of them will be selected into the final round. Our media partners will increase the promotion as well.

4. Finale: September 29

Finale is scheduled on the afternoon of September 29 from 1:30 — 5:00 at Santa Clara convention center. Finalists will have live roadshows, Q&A sessions with judges from famous VC, incubators and professional organizations. Judges will score each project on the scale of 100 for the first, second, and third places. All top 15 projects can enjoy multi-media promotion and on-site talent recruitment. This will be a premier opportunity for start-ups to seek for talents  and college graduates from the Bay Area.


Top 30 finalists will be awarded with:

  • Receive one start-up booth at the 2017 SVIEF
  • Receive five tickets to the 2017 SVIEF
  • Have face-to-face conversations with VC investors
  • Receive 1-year VIP of SVIEF Club (per team)

Each of 15 finalists will be awarded with:

  • Receive one start-up booth at the 2017 SVIEF
  • Receive ten tickets to the 2017 SVIEF
  • Have face-to-face conversations with VC investors
  • Receive 1-year VIP of SVIEF Club (per team)
  • Attend SVIEF on-site recruitment session to find the best team members
  • Get in-depth media coverage
  • Have the opportunity to participate in SVIEF events in five major Chinese cities in 2018, visit the technology parks, and seek preferential government to achieve market and industry expansion.

Competition Rules

  1. No purchase or payment necessary.
  2. By entering the competition, one agrees to the general rules of the competition. The Committee reserve the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be related with plagiarism, mis-appropriation or other illegal behavior. If the entry involves a copyright dispute, the participant shall bear all the responsibility.
  3. The following Submission components may be displayed to the public: name, description, images, video URL, website URL, team members, the Submission category and platform, and roadshows. Other Submission materials may be viewed by the Administrator and Judges for screening and evaluation. Participants represent and warrant that the Committee and its third partners are free to use participants’ Submission in the manner described above, as provided or as modified by Committee, without obtaining permission or license from any third party and without any compensation to Participants.
  4. The Committee reserve the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Competition, or any part of it, in the event of a technical failure, fraud, or any other factor or event that was not anticipated or is not within their control.
  5.  Any qualified individual are entering the Competition on its free will. 
  6. Terms and conditions are subject to change at any time by the Committee.
  7. The Committee reserve the right for final interpretation of the rules.

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2017. 9. 29   |  13:30 - 17:0