Imagine Cup

Dream it. Build it. Live it.

Unlock your startup's potential with Imagine Cup - the global technology startup competition for visionary student entrepreneurs harnessing the power of Microsoft AI. Build with AI through exclusive access to technology, receive expert mentorship, and the chance to win USD100,000 and a mentorship session with Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella. It's your moment to accelerate your startup and showcase your visionary ideas on the global stage!

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Why Compete

Imagine Cup is more than a competition; it’s a transformative journey that will help founders turn their ideas into reality. Join to receive cutting-edge technology, technical and entrepreneurial mentorship, and the opportunity for global recognition and prizes that will propel your startup forward.

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Access to AI Technology

Gain access to cutting-edge AI technology, Azure and OpenAI credits, and expert guidance to help you accelerate your startup’s AI journey, giving you a distinct advantage in crafting AI-driven solutions.

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Mentorship and Guidance

Imagine Cup offers more than just technical guidance; it provides a comprehensive entrepreneurial ecosystem. With personalized one-to-one guidance from both technical and business mentors, you’ll gain the tools to refine your strategies and navigate challenges on the path to startup success.

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Prizes and Recognition on the Global Stage

Seize the opportunity win up to USD100k, gain global recognition and an exclusive mentoring session with Microsoft Chairman and CEO, Satya Nadella!


Next Steps

  1. 01
    Qualifying: Build the Future with AI
    Oct 16 - Jan 24
  2. 02
    Minimal Viable Product (MVP) Submissions
    Jan 26 - Feb 9
  3. 03
    Semi Finals: Accelerate your growth
    Feb 23 - April 12
  4. 04
    World Championship: Showcase your business on a global stage
    May 2024
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Get Inspired

Learn about past competitors’ journeys through the competition and find resources to get started.