About

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.

Rules

Applications

  • All applications must be submitted in English.
  • Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2013, until September 16, 2014.
  • Applications will only be accepted online through the iStart platform or through an officially approved National Competition.
  • It is not required that a startup be incorporated, but a company cannot be incorporated over 18 months to compete.

Judging

  • The GEW 50 and the winners will be selected by a panel of judges who are looking at a range of criteria including strength of concept, creativity, ambition, growth projections, and knowledge of the market.
  • Each judge’s score is weighed equally.

Prizes

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

Other

  • This contest is subject to all federal, state and municipal laws.