Announcing

Entrepreneurship World Cup

More than just a pitch competition. A Life-changing experience.

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Entrepreneurship around the world

“Canada tops the rankings for best practices for entrepreneurship, followed by Australia and Sweden. China emerges in fifth place, marginally below the US. ”

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Global Youth Index

Entrepreneurship around the world

“Across all respondents, more than three-quarters agreed that taking risk for the right reasons is acceptable (78%).”

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Global Youth Index

Entrepreneurship around the world

“Among the people surveyed, there is a great deal of interest among respondents to start their own venture: just 11% indicated no interest, while over one-third said they had already embarked on their own venture (34%).”

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Global Youth Index

Entrepreneurship around the world

“The UK ranks high in New Business Density with 100 new businesses per 1,000 people”

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Global Youth Index

Entrepreneurship around the world

“Nigeria and Brazil score the highest in terms of the rates of early entrepreneurial activity (individuals starting a business in the past 42 months)”

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Global Youth Index

Entrepreneurship around the world

“Only about a third of survey respondents indicated that they have had training around entrepreneurship (37%) and only about one in four (27%) had finance & accounting courses as a part of their education.”

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Global Youth Index

Entrepreneurship around the world

“Shortest time in any of the G20 countries of the to start business is Canada where you can start business in 1.5 days”

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Global Youth Index

Entrepreneurship around the world

“Share of adults in Nigeria who have recently started a business or are in the process of starting one is 39.9% all those surveyed.”

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Global Youth Index

What is EWC?

The Entrepreneurship World Cup is more than just a global pitch competition with a shot at life-changing prizes. With 100,000 entrants from around the world, EWC elevates entrepreneurs – providing you with tools and resources to grow your venture. It doesn’t matter how far you’ve come – idea-stage, early-stage, growth-stage or beyond – EWC can put you on the right course. Leverage world-class content in the EWC Accelerator to: unleash your ideas, hone your pitching skills and engage with a global network of mentors. And, oh yeah, compete for those life-changing prizes, together with business opportunities and investment.

Don’t look back and wonder “what if?” Look ahead and wonder “what’s next?”

5 Stages of Participation

Don’t miss out. Take your startup to the next level.
January 31, 2019: Accepting applications

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Accelerate 1

March – May, 2019
Startups are put through a series of education and virtual training opportunities to sharpen their skills around areas such as customer & industry knowledge; personal & team skills; creativity & problem solving, and business acumen.
2

National Competition

May – June, 2019
Competitions happening simultaneously in 100 countries at the national level, virtually & live events. 100 winning teams from 100 countries are awarded with prizes and advance to stage 3.
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Accelerate 2

July – September, 2019
National winners are put through a combination of virtual training sessions and direct, one-to-one mentorship to prepare them for the Global Finals.
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Global Finals

November 2019
Global finalists are put through live training sessions, network with potential investors and compete on stage for in prizes and support services.
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Post-EWC Support

All national winners are enrolled in the Starters Club, providing a global peer network, mentorship and other support services to help members reach their full potential. Other partners may be engaged to provide post-EWC support.

FAQs

What types of startups/companies are able to enter the EWC?

The Entrepreneurship World Cup is open to creative and innovative individuals anywhere on the entrepreneurship spectrum. With categories and prizes for idea-stage, early-stage and growth-stage ventures, the EWC customizes the accelerator resources available and ensures that competitions are conducted on equal footing and for all industries.

Will there be prizes? If so, how much?

You bet! EWC is more than just a global pitch competition but it’s still a competition and yes, there are prizes – life-changing prizes. Experiences, connections, investment and more. We’ll share more when we open for applications.

Can social entrepreneurs participate?

The EWC is open to all entrepreneurs – including those focused on starting and scaling social ventures. Register before January 1st and get a head-start.

How is the accelerator run?

The EWC accelerator sessions are run virtually by GEN Accelerates with training content provided by an array of knowledge partners as well as Misk Global Forum and the Global Entrepreneurship Network. For national winners, a second accelerator session introduces one-on-one mentorship sessions.

Are the National Finals live or virtual?

Both. Depending on your country, you may be competing against other entrepreneurs in your country through a virtual platform or in a live, face-to-face competition. It is expected that the number of countries offering live national finals will increase in following years.

Where will the EWC Global Finals be held?

The global finals will be held at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with finalists’ travel and accommodation fees to be covered The forum, scheduled for November 2019, is a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week when 10 million people will participate in 35,000 events, activities and competitions around the world. For more information on the Misk Global Forum, visit miskglobalforum.com. For more information on Global Entrepreneurship Week, visit gew.co.

Why is my country not listed in the drop-down box for participating countries?

The EWC is intended for as broad an audience as possible. However, a very small number of countries may not be able to participate at this time.

Interested In Partnering with us?

The Entrepreneurship World Cup is powered by Misk Global Forum and the Global Entrepreneurship Network. Partnership opportunities are available at a number of levels. If you would like to speak with us about engaging 100,000 entrepreneurs of all backgrounds and stages