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Competition for Enterpreneurs by Startup Open


September 14, 2015

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Competition for Enterpreneurs by Startup Open


Startup Open is a global competition to identify and recognize startups founded between GEW 2014 and GEW 2015. It is open to any entrepreneur who has just or is about to start a new venture with a “startup moment” between November 23, 2014, and November 16, 2015.

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 recognizes the GEW 50 – the 50 most promising ventures from around the world– based on their growth potential, passion, creativity, level of idea development, and pitching skills. Those 50 companies will then compete for a handful of prizes with the winners announced during GEW, November 16-22, 2015.

Applicants will have until September 14 to submit their startup. The GEW 50 will be announced in October and the Startup Open winner will be announced during GEW.


  • All applications must be submitted in English.
  • Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2015, until September 14, 2015.
  • 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.


  • The GEW 50 and the winners will be selected by a panel of judges who are looking at a range of criteria including growth potential, passion, creativity, level of idea development, and their pitching skills.
  • Each judge’s score is weighed equally.


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

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


Hope Grauel
Startup Open c/o GEW
2400 N St NW, Suite 603
Washington, DC 20037

Eligible Countries
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Publish Date
September 11, 2015


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