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Entrepreneurship World Cup 2022

 Overview

The Entrepreneurship World Cup is one of the biggest and most diverse startup pitch competitions and support programs of its kind, featuring more than 370,000 entrepreneurs from over 200 countries and offering winners life-changing prizes. Since launching in 2019, the EWC has awarded $3 million in cash prizes, $150 million in in-kind prizes and provided opportunities for entrepreneurs at all levels – from idea stage to scale-up – to reach the next stage in their journey by providing them with free access to world class training and resources, enhancing their visibility, and working to connect them to mentors and investors.

Details

The fourth edition of the Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) is underway with applications now open to entrepreneurs in 200 countries looking to take part in the world’s largest startup support program and pitch competition. Hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and Monsha’at, the program offers founders a chance to pitch on a global stage for a share of US$1 million in prizes plus additional investment opportunities and in-kind support. 

Interested entrepreneurs can complete an application now. National finals will take place in 200 countries between June and September. In October, global finalists will be invited to participate in an intensive startup bootcamp. The top 100 startups will advance to the quarterfinals and compete for a chance to pitch at the Global Finals in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in November. 

But EWC is more than just a global pitch competition with a shot at life-changing prizes. It elevates entrepreneurs from all stages—idea-stage, early-stage, growth-stage or beyond— by providing them with tools and resources to grow their venture. 

  • IDEA STAGE
    Do you have an idea for a new company, but aren’t sure how to start or find the resources you need to take the next step? EWC helps you unleash your idea with free on-demand training and $10,000 in perks – just for signing up. Plus, you have a chance to win $50,000 in cash prizes and to meet and network with and top investors locally and internationally. Being an EWC alumni will give you access to an international community.
  • EARLY STAGE 
    Do you have an emerging startup and want to accelerate its trajectory? EWC empowers early-stage founders with access to world-class educational resources, training and up to $100,000 in perks — as well as a chance to sharpen your skills through a global pitch competition and win up to $300,000 in cash prizes. You will also have a chance to meet and network with peers and top investors locally and internationally. Being an EWC alumni will give you access to an international community.
  • GROWTH STAGE 
    Have you already found your market fit, started gaining serious traction and have an initial round of funding secured? EWC provides you with a global network of potential collaborators and expert mentors to help you achieve exponential growth – and a chance to win a no-strings attached check for $300,000. Plus, a chance to meet and network with peers and top investors locally and internationally. Being an EWC alumni will give you access to an international community.

All applicants will receive access to EWC Accelerates, a virtual training program that helps entrepreneurs hone their skills and increase their chances of winning their national competitions and advancing to the Global Finals. 

The EWC online platform also offers all contestants that start an application access to $1,000 worth of perks. All founders that complete an application will receive access to more than $25,000 in perks. The top EWC100 will receive $100,000 in in-kind services from partners such as AWS, Freshworks, Google Cloud, Hubspot, Stripe, Zoom and more. 

All global finalists will receive an additional package of perks and in-kind support services and gain automatic entry into the GEN Starters Club,  an invitation-only community of talented founders.  

Since launching in 2019, the Entrepreneurship World Cup has attracted 400,000 registrations from 200 countries and connected founders with over US$3M in cash prizes and another US$256M worth of perks and free support and services.  

Past winners include NERv, a Canadian healthtech startup with a sensory platform designed to detect complications following abdominal surgeries, TurtleTree Labs, a biotech startup from Singapore that produces milk using cell-based technology, and TODOC, an electroceutical solution company from South Korea that has developed a low-cost cochlear implant. 

Testimonials about the EWC Experience 

  • Kyousik Min, CEO and founder of TODOC (2021 Entrepreneurship World Cup champion): “The prize money will be invaluable to take TODOC to its next phase, which is clinical trials for technology that will allow deaf people to hear for the first time.” 
  • Fengru Lin, CEO and co-founder of Turtle Tree Labs (2020 Entrepreneurship World Cup champion): “Even just a few days after the competition, we’ve had many investors, industry partners and media partners reach out to us. The global recognition has allowed us to shine the light on the importance of food security and the importance of thinking about different ways to tackle food security challenges.” 
  • Bethelhem Dejene, CEO and Founder, Zafree Papers (2020 Top 10 Global Finalist): “[EWC] taught us the ins and outs and nuances of raising investment. It accelerated our understanding of how to go about it in a very short time, massively prepared us for the process, and put us in a much stronger position than we were in before. We were able to hustle and successfully fundraise from foreign investors to get our company off the ground.”   

What are Important Dates for EWC 2022? 

  • July 10: Early applications close 
  • August 15: Final deadline to apply
  • September: EWC Qualifiers – National Finals and Global Pool  
  • October: EWC Group Stage – Virtual Bootcamp 
  • October: EWC 100 announced 
  • November: EWC Global Finals 

Deadline:

August 15, 2022

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  1. Great to see entrepreneurs supported with this competition and other such competitions.