Startup Open, a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week, is a global competition to identify and recognize startup companies founded between GEW 2013 and GEW 2014. It is open to any entrepreneurs who have just started, or are about to start, a new venture and have a “startup moment” between November 25, 2013, and November 16, 2014.
What is a “startup moment”? A startup moment can be when a business is incorporated; doors open for business; a first sale is completed; outside funding is secured; or something else that can be interpreted as the company is “open for business.”
Startup Open will announce and recognize the global ‘GEW 50’ – 50 of the most promising ventures from around the world, which will be selected by a range of criteria including strength of concept, creativity, ambition, growth projections, and knowledge of the market. Those 50 companies will then compete for a handful of prizes with the winners announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 17-23, 2014.
Applicants will have from January 1 until September 16 to submit their startup. On October 15, the GEW 50 will be announced. The final winner will be announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014.