Competition for Enterpreneurs by Startup Open

Deadline: 14 September 2015
Open to: emerging entrepreneurs and companies around the world
Prizes: trip to Colombia, mentorship


Startup Open is a global competition to identify and recognize startups and 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.

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.


Unfolding entrepreneurs and companies with interesting ideas around the world are eligible to apply


One winner of Startup Open receives an all expenses paid trip to Medellín, Colombia where they will receive VIP delegate credentials to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2016. The GEC brings together entrepreneurs, investors, global leaders and startup champions from more than 100 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;
  • Experience all Medellín has to offer that makes it an emerging hub for innovation and creativity.

In addition to the Grand Prize GEC experience, the winner of Startup Open will receive a once in a lifetime mentorship experience with established entrepreneurs. These mentors will help startups build their business, make key connections in their industry and assist entrepreneurs with the knowledge they’ve gained over the years.

How to apply?

To apply for the competition you must create an iStart account. The last day to submit a complete application is 14 September  2015.

For more information, please check the official web-page.

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