Why Compete

Unlock your startup’s potential with the Imagine Cup – the global technology competition for visionary student entrepreneurs using AI! Build with AI through exclusive access to technology, receive personalized mentorship, and the chance to win USD100,000 and a mentorship session with Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella!

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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. Receive USD1,000 of Azure and USD2,500 OpenAI credits. Fuel your innovative solutions and turn your ideas into reality with the most advanced tools that will be crucial for your future career in technology and innovation.
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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. Receive tailored guidance to your unique needs as a founder-from accelerating AI within your startup to inspiring you with what is possible. Along the way, connect with a vibrant community of changemakers and drive meaningful positive change through your journey as a founder.
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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! The two runner-up teams will each earn USD50K. Showcase your ability to create real-world impact by demonstrating how technology can drive positive change in industry and society.

Competition Prizes

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Networking with industry pros and advancement in Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub.​
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Opportunity to showcase your innovative startup on the global stage at the Microsoft Build.
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Training and expert guidance – technical and entrepreneurial mentorship including the opportunity for a mentorship session with Microsoft Chairman and CEO, Satya Nadella.
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Cash prizes to propel your startup forward with multiple prizing opportunities, including USD100,000 for the World Championship team and USD50,000 for each of the two runner-up teams.

Additional Resources

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Check out the 2024 Imagine Cup Rules and Regulations for eligibility and judging criteria.

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The Imagine Cup Training Content lays out everything you need to know about creating a successful project for any hackathon or competition. By completing the trainings, you will learn everything from strategies to create a team all the way to the best ways to pitch your product to judges.

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Watch past teams’ project pitches and relive their competition journey.

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Keep up to date with the latest Imagine Cup news and resources.

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Join the Imagine Cup Cloud Skills Challenge to learn essential AI, entrepreneurial and technical skills you’ll need to excel in the 2024 Imagine Cup competition.

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