Mobile IoT Innovators Challenge 2019

Sierra Wireless and GSMA have come together to organize our first ever Mobile IoT Innovators Challenge to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in the Mobile IoT industry. The call is open to early and later-stage startups that show promise in being able to scale and impact up to a billion people worldwide over the next 10 years. If your company applies distributed computing technologies across the smart edge and the cloud, this challenge is for you. 

The grand prize innovator will be awarded a $50,000 USD cash prize, and one recipient will win the opportunity to demo their solution to thousands of attendees at MWC Barcelona 2020.


Tuesday , August 27

Online application opens (12:00 CET)

Monday, September 30

Online application closes (12:00 CET)

Friday, October 11

Five (5) finalists to be informed of their live presentation in Paris

Thursday, October 24

Each finalist will have 5 minutes to present live to a panel of up to six judges, followed by 5 minutes for Q&A. (15:00 – 17:00 CET)

Two (2) finalists will be selected to present live to the Innovation Summit attendees (17:20 – 17:30 CET)


Application submission is free

Awards & Recognition

Grand Prize (1) 

$50,000 USD cash prize + media coverage + access to market and technology experts at Sierra Wireless and the broader mobile IoT industry

GSMA Mobile IoT Innovators Prize (1)

Participation in the GSMA Innovation City at MWC Barcelona 2020, the largest mobile event in the world with over 109,000 attendees. This finalist will be selected based on having created an innovative and creative solution that uses LTE-M or NB-IoT technology and reflects the MWC20 theme ‘Limitless Intelligent Connectivity.

Finalists (5) 

Certificate of achievement as one of the top companies to participate in the challenge.


The Mobile IoT Innovators Challenge is open to all startup companies with less than 15 employees. You do not have to be a member of the GSMA to enter.

Entrepreneur Availability

If you are selected as a finalist, you will be expected to be in Paris for the live in-person presentations on Thursday, October 24, 2019 (applicant’s expense).

Selection Process

The challenge consists of a 3-step process: Apply → Pitch → Win!

What kind of ideas are we looking for?

Tell us about the ideas and/or innovations that you are developing in one of the many IoT verticals. Do you offer a solution in the field of IoT?

Here a few topics to give you a picture of what we’re looking for in your proposals:

  • Supply chain monitoring that helps improve the outlook of global food security
  • Digitizing the manufacturing process to increase efficiency and prosperity
  • Applying machine learning to connected IoT products
  • Helping combat or slow down the effects of global warming and climate change

We’re looking for innovative, interesting and scalable solutions that aim to improve the lives of people all over the world. Surprise us with your cutting-edge idea! And remember, no topic within cellular IoT is off limits!

You must use at least one Sierra Wireless technology in your proposal (modules, connectivity or cloud).

Contestants will apply via online submission. Selected applicants will give a live pitch in Paris on Thursday, October 24 in front of a panel of judges. Of those selected two (2) applicants will be named finalists and will present in front of the Sierra Wireless Innovation Summit attendees. One (1) winner will be selected to take home the grand prize.