Startups selected from 100,000 registrations in 200 countries will compete for a share of US$1 million

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — 4 October 2021 One hundred startups from around the world will compete in the Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) Global Finals, organizers announced today. The startups are known collectively as the “Entrepreneurship World Cup 100 (EWC 100)”.  

The Entrepreneurship World Cup is one of the world’s largest and most diverse pitch competitions and support programs for the next generation of entrepreneurs. Since launching in 2019, EWC has supported more than 300,000 participants from 200 countries, awarded $2 million in cash prizes and provided in-kind support and services valued at $150 million.

In 2021, 100,000 registrations were received from 200 countries. One thousand startups pitched at National Finals organized and judged by local entrepreneurship organizations across six continents plus the Middle East. The EWC 100 are based in: Africa (11), Asia (26), Europe (22), Middle East (10), North America (13), Oceania (4), and South America (14).

The EWC is hosted by the Misk Global Forum, Global Entrepreneurship Network and The Global Education & Leadership Foundation. It is supported by global partners including One Valley, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, GAN, Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs, and the organizations that hosted the National Finals.

The EWC 100 will compete for a share of US$1 million in cash prizes – US$500,000 for first place, $250,000 for second place and $100,000 for third place. Cash prizes of US$100,000 will also be awarded to the top scoring startups in the idea stage and social enterprise categories. All top 100 global finalists have access to US $75 million of in-kind services and support including from service providers like AWS, Segment, Brex, Hubspot and more.

The EWC 100 will attend a virtual bootcamp on Oct. 10-11, hosted by the Entrepreneurship Centre at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, with experts on hand to help them hone their business and pitching skills. A second virtual component will take place in late October and the top 25 startups will advance to the final stage of the competition in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the Misk Global Forum (Nov. 17-18). 

The Global Finals will be held on the heels of Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 8-14), when 40,000 events and activities will take place in 180 countries around the world to inspire and empower entrepreneurs. 


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About the Misk Global Forum

The Misk Global Forum (MGF) is the flagship international platform of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discover, develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the future economy. Since its launch in 2016, MGF has extended Misk’s mission to young people across the globe. Through international events, research and global initiatives, MGF brings together emerging and established leaders, innovators, and creators to explore, experience and experiment with ways to meet the challenge of change. MGF focuses on three core areas across its activations: skills for the future economy; entrepreneurship and employment; and active global citizenship. Website:

About the Global Entrepreneurship Network

The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates a platform of projects and programs in 180+ countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business. By fostering deeper cross border collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support organizations, GEN works to fuel healthier start and scale ecosystems that create more jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and strengthen economic growth. Learn more about GEN at and by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.  

About The Global Education & Leadership Foundation

The Global Education & Leadership Foundation (tGELF) is a non-profit that seeks to identify and nurture leadership skills in individuals who are rooted in the values of ethics and altruism, and have a bias for action. tGELF was officially inaugurated in 2008 by the then Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh. In the last decade, tGELF’s flagship school curriculum on ethical leadership and entrepreneurship has expanded from just six schools in India to over 3000 schools across 14 countries touching more than 3 million students. tGELF’s community of future leaders and change-makers have also undertaken numerous high impact projects that have collectively impacted the lives of over 500 million people and raised over $6.38 bn dollars in commitments from governments, philanthropists, corporations and multilaterals for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Website: