For Startups



Q. What are the qualifying criteria for participation in H2 Innovate?

Qualifying Startups are companies scaling up their businesses in large global markets. Participating companies are invited to join from a global nomination pool via our program partners and H2 Members.


Q. What are the core program offering and benefits for Startups?

Participation in H2 Innovate provides participating companies key benefits as follows:


  • Advisor Platform: curated access to qualified global community of senior industry execs for advisory board roles
  • Global Summit: participation in our annual summit hosted in Silicon Valley, including pre-Summit event for H2 Innovate companies
  • Industry Introductions: introductions to relevant companies and organizations globally to aid company growth objectives 

Advisor Platform


Q. What does the Advisor Platform offer participating Startups? 

Our Advisor Platform offers the following unique features for participating Startups:


  • Advisor Network: top execs and entrepreneurs from H2’s member network, residing in major technology hubs across the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America
  • Company Listing: ability to maintain a dedicated company listing including a Startup Needs Profile to highlight target growth-related advisory areas
  • Engagement Model: efficient approach consisting of approved introductions to interested prospective Advisors for initial Advisory Sessions


Q. How does a Startup Needs Profile work?

A Startup "needs profile" will be utilized to obtain information on priority needs for Advisor Matching purposes, across the following Advisory Areas that represent key growth-related focus areas for Startups:  


  • Customer Development
  • Fundraising
  • Go-to-Market
  • International Markets
  • Monetization & Revenue Growth
  • Partnerships
  • Platforms & Channel Marketing
  • Product Strategy
  • Talent & Team Development
  • User Growth & Engagement

For startups engaged in international market development activities, they can identify specific target markets of interest across all major technology markets spanning the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America regions for Advisor Matching purposes.


Global Tracks


Q. What are Global Tracks?

H2 Innovate utilizes the concept of Global Tracks consisting of priority industry sectors around which to develop its program community and Startup representation globally. Initial supported Global Tracks include:  




Connected Devices


Financial Services

Health & Fitness

Media & Entertainment







For Advisors



Q. What are the core program offering components for Advisors?

Participation in H2 Innovate offers Advisors unique opportunities to advise entrepreneurs and high-growth companies in leading startup ecosystems around the world:


  • Qualified Startups: leading early to growth-stage startups nominated by H2’s members and partner network
  • Advisor Platform: allows for participating Advisors to review company snapshots globally including Startup Needs Profiles towards evaluating interest/fit to hold initial Advisory Sessions
  • Investment Opportunities: ability to explore relevant investment opportunities with participating Startups

Advisor Engagement


Q. How do I view participating Startups that are seeking engagement with prospective advisors and/or investors?

Profiles of participating Startups on the H2 Innovate platform may be viewed as follows:


  • Startup Search - our Startup Search page provides the ability to view and filter companies by Sector, Location, Stage, and/or Global Track