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Pitch Your Business at Startup Open Global Competition for Entrepreneurs 2017

Startup Open is a global competition that is open to entrepreneurs from any industry with a new business that has yet to raise any outside capital from angel investors, venture capital firms or other formal sources of seed funding.

Application Deadline: 30th September 2017

About the Award: Startup Open recognizes the most promising ventures from around the world– based on their growth potential, passion, creativity, level of idea development, and pitching skills.

Type: Contest


  • All applications must be submitted in English.
  • Applications will be accepted from May 1, 2017, until September 30, 2017.
  • It is not required that a startup be incorporated, but a company cannot be incorporated over 18 months to compete.

Selection Process: A diverse cast of entrepreneurial leaders will judge and select the entries to advance. The finalists will then compete for a grand prize trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in Istanbul, Turkey in 2018. The finalists will receive feedback from investors and experienced entrepreneurs, and participate in the GEW People’s Choice online voting during Global Entrepreneurship Week November 13-19, 2017.

Applicants will have until September 30 to submit a qualifying startup.

Value of Contest: One winner of Startup Open receives an all expenses paid trip to Istanbul, Turkey where they will receive VIP delegate credentials to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2018. The GEC brings together entrepreneurs, investors, global leaders and startup champions from more than 160 counties.

As part of the experience, the Startup Open winner will have the opportunity to: showcase their startup on a global scale; gain valuable insight from successful and experienced entrepreneurs; hear from and meet world leaders, economists and other experts regarding programs, policies and research aimed at advancing entrepreneurship; and, experience all Istanbul has to offer that makes it an emerging hub for innovation and creativity.

  • Prizes are nontransferable.
  • Prizes must be accepted as awarded.

How to Apply: Applications will only be accepted online through the Startup Compete platform or through an officially approved National Competition.

Visit Contest Webpage for details

Award  Provider: Global Entrepreneurship Network

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