Take part in the Global Startup Awards happening worldwide from USA to Australia! Get public recognition for your early-stage startup and find investors and advisors.


Burning Heroes San Francisco is the first Burning Heroes Award in the USA, which is part of a worldwide network of startup awards.

Our mission is to help first-time founders overcome the barrier of mistrust about their lack of business experience by showing that it is possible to build a successful global business the first time!

Apply now to get the chance to be noticed by top advisers and investors and to join our Burning Heroes community!

for whom

For whom

The award is for people transitioning from corporate, academic, or non-tech entrepreneurial backgrounds to founding their first IT startup that is growing successfully and has great potential.


Founders of an IT startup in the early stages of development (Pre-seed, Seed, Round A). Having paying customers will be an advantage for you.


We welcome startups from any industry and accept applications from startups both with and without external investments, underscoring our commitment to supporting diverse entrepreneurial paths.



—Product Vision

Strong Product

—Tech Uniqueness & Maturity
—Usability & Design
—Product Adoption

Market Mastery

—Business Model
—Market Attractiveness
—Sales & Marketing


until  APR 26, 2024

Apply for the competition as a startup founder. Include your pitch deck, don't forget to tell us about  yourthe financial traction

APR 27—30, 2024

We carefully study and evaluate your pitch decks and select the best startups. Top 9 startups will get invitations to the Live Pitch.

may 3, 2024

Live Pitch sessions in front of the Burning Heroes jury. The announcement of the TOP 3 startups in the following categories: Product Design, Innovations, and Market Fit.

If you weren’t selected for the top 3, don’t worry. You will still get valuable feedback on how to improve your project and pitch

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What  you  get

Media featuring

Top-accelerators' feedback

Free personal advising session with experts from the jury

Personal pricing and promo codes from our partners

Warm access to VCs

Membership in our closed community

Co-Director, Plug and Play

Ventures Associate, Plug and Play

Chief of Staff, Khosla Ventures

Partner, Palo Alto C, ex. AngelsDeck

Founder & CEO, Mento VC

Partner, United Target Capital

Founder, Women Tech Meetup

Founder & CEO, GoGlobal

Founder & CEO, SandHill Fund, B2smB VC

STEM Innovation Management Analyst & Founder

CBDO, ex. Accelerator Director, Skipp AI

Senior Product Manager, Google

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Can any startup participate, regardless of the type of activity?

We welcome startups from all industries to participate in this award.

Which countries are allowed to participate in the startup contest?

This is an international competition, so we accept startups from all over the world. You can apply to participate regardless of your country of residence, but we are looking for ideas that have the potential to scale globally.

Do I have to pay to participate in this contest?

No, participation in our contest is free! We do not take any additional financial contributions from our competitors.

What will the participation in this contest give me?

Each participant in the contest will receive the ability to be seen. Top 9 startups will get valuable feedback from VCs,  accelerators, and experts from TOP companies. Winners will get free individual consultations with experts among the jury members, access to a closed community, personal offers and discounts from our partners, as well as mentions in the media!

If my pitch deck is raw or under-developed and I know I won't win, should I still participate?

We recommend applying even if you are not confident in your deck. We pay much more attention to your ability to grow based on the market fit, product design, and the technology you are leveraging. If we can see this we will help you to improve your pitch and materials.

Will there be certificates, diplomas, or marks for participants and winners?

In addition to the experience, each participant will receive a unique diploma that states you took part in our startup contest. Winners will also receive an electronic badge that can be put on their website or mobile application as a sign of distinction for successfully passing our difficult but certainly interesting startup contest!