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17 October 2023

2023 Startup Village Energy Startup Competition Application




Applications are open!

Apply to compete in the
Startup Village Energy Startup Competition on Tuesday, 17 October, in San Antonio, Texas, USA, at SPE ATCE.

Application Deadline is 14 July 2023.


Learn more about the challenges faced by startups and innovative entrepreneurs in the oil and gas industry, as well as funding options available to them in this 30-minute SPE Live segment. 


  • Bryant Mueller, Area Director of Sales, Aspen Technology
  • Ian Dickinson, CEO, LongPath Technologies and 2022 "Best in Show" winner of the Startup Village Energy Competition
  • Aaron Lazarus, Pioneer Natural Resources

Moderated by Nayeem Chowdhury, Head of CCUS at Project Canary


Startup Village Sponsorship Gallery

Give your organization maximum exposure to an audience of E&P professionals, including top decision-makers. Consider a sponsorship package for Startup Village!

Startup Village Sponsorship Gallery     

Sponsorship Levels

Platinum - USD 15,000
Gold - USD 10,000
Silver - USD 5,000
Bronze - USD 2,500
Partner - USD 1,000
Supporter - USD 500
(see Gallery and Brochure for details)

Startup Village Sponsorship Brochure

With the Startup Village sponsorship, you can target venture capitalists, angel investors, veteran entrepreneurs, and industry leaders. This is a great way to showcase your company's support of innovative technologies and newly-formed companies.


Digital Startup Village Sponsorship Brochure

Thank You to Our Sponsors


      Gold Sponsor

Startup Village Energy Startup Competition Factoids



So far, the Startup Village program has awarded over USD 385,000 in prize money to startups through its Energy Startup Competition.


Startup Competitors receive visibility and recognition as technology leaders, cash prizes, and networking opportunities with leading energy investors, including a one-on-one coaching session before the Competition.



The Energy Startup Competition is funded entirely by Startup Village Sponsors.






Competition winners are from around the globe, including Canada, France, The Netherlands, Brazil, and the United States.

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The Startup Village Energy Competition at ATCE in San Antonio, Texas, USA, begins in 


Startup Village and the Energy Startup Competition

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The ATCE Startup Village is a partnership between SPE and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University.

Launched in 2017, the Energy Startup Competition is a fast-paced competition showcasing emerging energy technology companies.

Competitors will receive visibility among leaders in the upstream energy industry, recognition as technology leaders, the opportunity for cash prizes, networking with leading energy investors, and mentoring.

The 12 finalist companies selected to present (10 primary and 2 alternates) will have the opportunity to participate in a mentoring session before the Competition and will receive complimentary admission to ATCE.

The Startup Village will take place in person this year. The Energy Startup Competition and the Competition Awards Announcements will occur on Tuesday, 17 October.

During the competition, each company will have 7 minutes to provide information about their company and technology to a group of venture capitalists, angel investors, and industry leaders. They will have an additional 7 minutes of Q&A to further promote their company.

After the Competiton, plan to join the Competition winners and incoming SPE President, Terry Palisch, for a reception and the Award Ceremony. 

Meet Some of Our Competitors from Last Year's Startup Village Competition

Hear from Qube Technologies, DrillDocs, Drishya AI Labs (Alternate), and DeepIQ (Alternate)


Hear from Vidya Technologies, Ai Exploration, Arolytics, and Longpath Technologies


Hear the Experiences of Our Startup Village Committee Members

Hear Past Winners Testimonials about the Startup Village Program

Listen to Habib Al Khatib, CEO of SpotLight Earth, the 2021 Startup Village Energy Startup Competiton Rising Star and People’s Choice winner. 


Hear Michael McCallen, CEO of Cheetah Networks explain why competing and attending the Startup Village program is worth your investment.

Startup Village Committee


Bryant Mueller, AspenTech

Ervel Boyd, Devon Energy
Brad Burke, Rice Alliance
Nayeem Chowdhury, Project Canary
Sean Ebert, Altira Group
Jesse Guerra, Chevron
Kyle Haustveit, Devon Energy
Nikhil Kulkarni, JSW



Aaron Lazarus, Pioneer Natural Resources
Nii Nunoo, PwC
Narayanan Radhakrishnan, NOV
David Reid, NOV and past Chairperson
Jose Silva, Xecta Digital Labs
Jeff Simmons, Oxy
Tara Williams, Rice Alliance

The ATCE Startup Village is a partnership between SPE and the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship at Rice University.


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For ATCE Startup Village or event sponsorship, contact Gail Smith, SPE Senior Event Manager.

For the Energy Startup Competition, contact Tara Williams, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship Program Manager.