We’re delighted to invite you to apply for HICOOL 2024, a Global Pitch Competition. Gobi Partners GBA is proud to announce that we’re one of the referral partners and judging panel of the competition.

The HICOOL Global Pitch Competition isn’t just any contest, it’s a Launch Pad for your groundbreaking startup. Featuring an impressive prize pool of over 11 million USD and spanning categories such as AI, healthcare, new tech, and beyond, this event is where your innovative ideas intersect with opportunity.

If you’re an ambitious technology startup in the early or growth stages, regardless of your location in the world, this competition is a must-not-miss opportunity!


  • Application Stage: January 1st, 2024 to April 15th, 2024 (*Deadline)
  • Online Assessment: April to May 2024
  • Preliminary Round: May to June 2024
  • Semi-finals: July 2024
  • Finals: July 2024
  • Award Ceremony: August  2024

With 7 Competition Tracks available, even if your startup doesn’t align precisely with the listed categories below, we still encourage you to apply, as the judging panel remains open to considering startups from other sectors as well.

Here are the 7 focus areas:

  • AI/VR/FinTech:
  • Medicine and Healthcare
  • New Generation of Information Technology
  • High-end Equipment
  • New Energy/New Materials/Energy Conservation and ESG
  • Cultural Creativity
  • AgriTech/FoodTech

Cash Prizes:

Massive Prize Pool: Over USD 11 million

  • 7 x First Prize: 300,000 USD [2 Million RMB each]
  • 21 x Second Prize: 150,000 USD [1 Million RMB each]
  • 42 x Third Prize: 75,000 USD [500,000 RMB each]
  • 70 x Additional Winning Prize: 30,000 USD [200,000 RMB each]

The application will end on  Apr 15, 2024 (Beijing Time), all the selection pitches and Final can be virtually attended.