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EWC Accelerates: Susan Amat on ‘Building a Brand’

In preparation for the second annual Entrepreneurship World Cup, competitors from around the globe take part in a series of virtual training and mentorship programs that help them hone their skills and increase their chances of winning their national competitions—as well as those who advance to the Global Finals—through EWC Accelerates. Within the EWC platform, participants […]

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Six Saudi Startups Qualify for Global Finals

The Saudi National Finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) took place yesterday, with fourteen of the best startups in the Kingdom pitching their business ideas at an interactive virtual event. The overall winner selected by the judges was Talon Dust Control, a company based at KAUST that provides dust control and soil stabilization solutions […]

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EWC Accelerates: Etienne Gillard on ‘Learning From Failure’

In preparation for the second annual Entrepreneurship World Cup, competitors from around the globe take part in a series of virtual training and mentorship programs that help them hone their skills and increase their chances of winning their national competitions—as well as those who advance to the Global Finals—through EWC Accelerates. Within the EWC platform, participants […]

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EWC Accelerates: Steve Calle on ‘Lessons Learned’

In preparation for the second annual Entrepreneurship World Cup, competitors from around the globe take part in a series of virtual training and mentorship programs that help them hone their skills and increase their chances of winning their national competitions—as well as those who advance to the Global Finals—through EWC Accelerates. Within the EWC platform, participants […]

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EWC Accelerates: Chris Schroeder on ‘Entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets’

In preparation for the second annual Entrepreneurship World Cup, competitors from around the globe take part in a series of virtual training and mentorship programs that help them hone their skills and increase their chances of winning their national competitions—as well as those who advance to the Global Finals—through EWC Accelerates. Within the EWC platform, participants […]

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EWC Accelerates: Ouali Benmeziane on ‘Digital Marketing Tools’

In preparation for the second annual Entrepreneurship World Cup, competitors from around the globe take part in a series of virtual training and mentorship programs that help them hone their skills and increase their chances of winning their national competitions—as well as those who advance to the Global Finals—through EWC Accelerates. Within the EWC platform, participants […]

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EWC Alumni: Catching Up with Okey Esse from Nigeria

The Entrepreneurship World Cup team caught up with Okey Esse, founder and CEO of Nigeria based startup PowerStove Energy, about his experience at the EWC last year, including the run-up to the global finals during which he took English language courses to boost his chances. He tells us how the EWC has impacted his work, […]

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EWC Accelerates: Patrick McGinnis on ‘Overcoming Decision Paralysis’

In preparation for the second annual Entrepreneurship World Cup, competitors from around the globe take part in a series of virtual training and mentorship programs that help them hone their skills and increase their chances of winning their national competitions—as well as those who advance to the Global Finals—through EWC Accelerates. Within the EWC platform, participants […]

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EWC Mentorship Program Powers Competitors

In preparation for the second annual Entrepreneurship World Cup, competitors from around the globe take part in a series of virtual training and mentorship programs that help them hone their skills and increase their chances of winning their national competitions—as well as those who advance to the Global Finals—through EWC Accelerates. Within the EWC platform, participants […]

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EWC Accelerates: Sergio Mankita on ‘Being Proactive in Filling Your Sales Pipeline’

In preparation for the second annual Entrepreneurship World Cup, competitors from around the globe take part in a series of virtual training and mentorship programs that help them hone their skills and increase their chances of winning their national competitions—as well as those who advance to the Global Finals—through EWC Accelerates. Within the EWC platform, participants […]

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EWC Accelerates: Jeff Hoffman on ‘Things to Keep in Mind When Building a Business’

In preparation for the second annual Entrepreneurship World Cup, competitors from around the globe take part in a series of virtual training and mentorship programs that help them hone their skills and increase their chances of winning their national competitions—as well as those who advance to the Global Finals—through EWC Accelerates. Within the EWC platform, participants […]

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EWC Alumni: Catching Up with Red Sea Farms from Saudi Arabia

The world’s growing population is posing major challenges for the global agricultural sector – and solutions are emerging from interesting places: a Saudi company that competed in last year’s Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC). The World Bank estimates that agricultural production must expand by 70% by 2050. Currently, agriculture uses 70% of all freshwater. With growing […]

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EWC Alumni: Catching Up with Ethereal Machines from India

The Entrepreneurship World Cup team caught up recently with Kaushik Mudda, co-founder of India based startup Ethereal Machines. Their chat touched on how participating as a Global Finalist in the 2019 Entrepreneurship World Cup helped him both as an individual and with his startup, how Ethereal has responded positively to the coronavirus pandemic and some […]

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EWC Alumni: Catching Up with UptimeHealth from the US

The Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) team caught up with Jinesh Patel, Co-Founder and CEO of US-based startup UptimeHealth. Jinesh told us how his team adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic by giving away some of their system to healthcare providers for free, as well as the positive experiences he had both personally and professionally from attending the 2019 EWC Global Finals at […]

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Last Call for EWC 2020 Competitors in Select Countries

Join us in the 2nd edition of the largest and most diverse global pitch competition for entrepreneurs and startups. This year is even bigger and better than last and offers US$1 million in cash prizes, with US$75 million in-kind support. Although the deadline has passed for EWC2020 competitor applications for a majority of countries, we […]

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Global Host of EWC Leaders’ Hope to Unify the Diverse Country of India

EWC India is led by The Global Education & Leadership Foundation (tGELF), a global host of the Entrepreneurship World Cup since its inception. We spoke with Aamir Shah, Project Manager of EWC India, on how serving as a global host of the competition has proven to be a catalyst for change in the country by increasing knowledge […]

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Venezuela’s Vigorous Entrepreneurial Movement

EWC Venezuela is led by GEN Venezuela, a national affiliate of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. We spoke with Dunia de Barnola, its managing director, on Venezuela’s anticipation to offering its’ entrepreneurs who suffer from so many restrictions on access to resources and connections the opportunity to join a virtuous network of education, training, inspiration and […]

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Looking Back with a Top 100 Global Finalist from EWC 2019

The Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) team caught up with Wael Kabli, CEO of Saudi startup Cura, about what they’ve been up to since they were a Top 100 Global Finalist in last year’s EWC, how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them and some friendly advice to this year’s participants. EWC team: So what’s Cura all […]

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Last Call for Global Competitors for EWC 2020

Applications welcomed from around the world for 2nd edition of the largest and most diverse global pitch competition for entrepreneurs and startups – deadline 12 July. Bigger and better competition aims to double the number of applicants and will offer US$1 million in cash prizes, with US$75 million in-kind support. 29 June, 2020 – The […]

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Malaysia’s Robust Startup Ecosystem Launches New Initiatives

EWC Malaysia is led by GEN Malaysia, a national affiliate of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. We spoke with Zulikhwan Ayub, its chief operating officer, on Malaysia’s robust startup ecosystem and how the EWC platform has proven to be a huddle for their local entrepreneurs to gain exposure within the international space. This article is part […]

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Bolivia Reaps Benefits of Adaptation and Resilience

EWC Bolivia is led by GEN Bolivia, a national affiliate of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. We spoke with René Salomón, its Country Active Managing Director on how Bolivia is proving to be a leader in the entrepreneurial space through their evident capacity for adaptation and resilience despite the global pandemic and its local and national public […]

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Call for Proposals: Building Capacity to Combat COVID-19 in Africa

The Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, has a new initiative supporting innovators and young entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to combat COVID-19 in Africa. The Zicklin Center has issued a call for proposals, open to students and young professionals (ages 18 to 35 years old) from around the […]

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Egypt Shining Global Spotlight on Its Entrepreneurs

EWC Egypt is led by GEN Egypt, a national affiliate of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. We spoke with Basma Hasan Said, its media and marketing coordinator, on how the impact of joining a global community through the Entrepreneurship World Cup came to be a golden opportunity for Egypt’s startup ecosystem. This article is part of […]

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South Africa Looking Toward Entrepreneurial Expansion

EWC South Africa is organized by 22 On Sloane, the largest startup hub on the African continent. We spoke with Mahlatse Tolamo, ecosystem enabler for the hub, on how the impact of joining a global community through the Entrepreneurship World Cup came to be the perfect strengthening agent for South Africa’s startup ecosystem. Tolamo also discusses how their […]

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Argentina Aims for Return to Top 5 at Global Finals

EWC Argentina is organized by GEN Argentina, a national affiliate of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. We spoke with Jorge Lawson, its managing director who travelled to Riyadh to support Sumato ID which made it to the final five on the main stage at the EWC Global Finals. Lawson reflects on how the Entrepreneurship World Cup came […]

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National Organizers Powering EWC Competitions Around the World

Last year, the Entrepreneurship World Cup announced its presence globally with 102,000 entrants from 187 countries. Facing a global pandemic in 2020 that has severely limited live, face-to-face gatherings, it is somehow on track to grow even larger. EWC combines a global pitch competition, powered by a collection of national organizers, along with access to […]

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Red Sea Farms Announces Enterprise Development Collaboration

Red Sea Farms and Kirchner Group are pleased to announced an agricultural enterprise development collaboration that brings together decades of business creation and operational experience with numerous novel saltwater agricultural technologies for the purpose of enabling local production of fresh fruits and vegetables in fresh-water-constrained regions of the world. Red Sea Farms—and Entrepreneurship World Cup […]

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EWC 2020 Offering US$1 Million in Cash Prizes, US$75 Million In-Kind Support

The Entrepreneurship World Cup is open for 2020 and is accepting applications from around the world – aiming to expand beyond the 102,000 contestants from 187 countries in its first year. The program offers a chance to pitch on a global stage for a share of US$1 million in cash prizes plus additional investment opportunities […]

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NERv Technology from Canada Takes Top Prize at EWC Global Finals

NERv Technology (www.ne-rv.com) emerged victorious through three days of pitching against a group of 100 finalists at the Entrepreneurship World Cup Global Finals. The Canadian startup, an innovative monitoring system for post-operative patients that strives to ensure that no patient loses their life because of an undetected post-operative complication, received a US$500,000 cash prize, a “Shenzen […]

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From 100 to 10: Finalists Selected for Knockout and Spotlight Stages of Entrepreneurship World Cup

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – After two days of pitching, 100 startups have narrowed down to 10 finalists who will battle for a chance at top prizes in the Entrepreneurship World Cup. The 10 finalists (in alphabetical order) are: Bambrew | India | Vaibhav Anant, Founder + CEO Bambrew works to continuously innovate towards sustainability by curating a host of […]

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Facts + Figures on the 100 Global Finalists

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A passion for change

Shaima Hamidaddin, Executive Manager of the Misk Global Forum   Are entrepreneurs born or made? In some circles, the belief persists being a successful entrepreneur – an Elon Musk or a Jack Ma – requires some ineffable, innate spark of genius. But at Misk we believe that, with the right support, anyone can become an […]

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Global Finalists

The following startups have emerged from a collection of more than 102,000 entrants – from 187 countries – to become one of 100 Global Finalists at the Entrepreneurship World Cup.   Agroport Jizzakh Uzbekistan Ilhom Jurayev, Founder Agroport Jizzakh LLC is a biotechnological complex for deep processing of cotton stalks using microbiological and chemical bioconvension […]

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Two Champions, 10 Total Winners Selected from EWC China

BEIJING + SHANGHAI, CHINA — The Chinese final of the global Entrepreneurship World Cup has concluded with two champions selected from 28 finalists in concurrent competitions held in north and south China. The two champions, alongside another eight winners, will now advance to the global final held at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh, Saudi […]

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Pro-Viden Monitoring Water Quality in Mexico

XALAPA, MEXICO – Preemar Soluciones Acuícola, a real-time water quality monitoring system, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Mexico. Its founder, Alejandro Valdes, captured the first place and advances to the next round of the global competition against national winners from 184 countries. “Pro-Viden performs measurements […]

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Malaysian Startup Using AR to Teach Sign Language

CYBERJAYA, MALAYSIA – Siasitok Sign Language AR, a startup that is improving education of the hearing-impaired through augmented reality technology, captured first prize at the Malaysian finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Cyberjaya. Siasitok Sign Language AR uses technology to help people learn sign language — easier, faster, more fun and more effectively. […]

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KAUST Startups Sweep Saudi Finals of Entrepreneurship World Cup

THUWAL, SAUDI ARABIA – Five King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) startups secured wins at the Misk Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) that took place recently at Mohammad bin Salman College (MBSC). The five winners, who were each awarded US$50,000, are graduates of KAUST’s own entrepreneurship programs, including the TAQADAM Startup Accelerator in partnership […]

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Tiny Rockets Flying High After EWC Venezuela

CARACAS, VENEZUELA – Tiny Rockets, a startup to help people improve their habits through technology captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Caracas. Orlando Osorio, founder of Tiny Rockets, advances to the next round of the global competition against national winners from 184 countries. “ Most people fail […]

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Three Startups Advance from EWC USA + Canada

BOSTON, UNITED STATES – Hundreds of investors, corporate executives, and entrepreneurs gathered at the Boston Innovation Centers for the EWC USA + Canada final this July. Koniku and Tive from the United States and NERv Technology from Canada advanced to the next stage of the Entrepreneurship World Cup. “This is more than just a simple pitch competition,” […]

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Sunorak’s Solar Jacket Emerges from EWC Kazakhstan

ALMATY, KAZAKHSTAN – Sunorak, a startup featuring a solar-power-enhanced jacket, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in the former capital of Kazakhstan. Its founder, Aron Karatayev, advances to the next round of the global competition against national winners from 184 countries. “Sunorak is for those who often […]

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Sigmind Takes Top Honors in Dhaka

DHAKA, BANGLADESH – Sigmind, a video machine learning startup, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup held recently in Dhaka. Tanvir Tabassum, the founder of Sigmind, advances to the next round of the global competition against national winners from 184 countries. “Sigmind integrates state-of-the-art machine learning-based technologies to detect objects, faces and […]

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AzaadHealth to Represent Pakistan in Entrepreneurship World Cup

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – AzaadHealth, a health information management and data analytics startup, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Islamabad.

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Car4Future Looks to Fuel Rise of Electric Vehicles in Turkey

IZMIR, TURKEY – Car4Future, a startup that facilitates the charging of electric cars via an app, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Turkey. Its founder, Oguzhan Saritas, won a trip to the next round of the global competition against national winners from 184 countries. Car4Future uses […]

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StriveRobotics Strikes Big in Singapore

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – StriveRobotics, a startup that uses robots to measure and identify the learning abilities of students, took first place for its Robot-in-Box product at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Singapore. Strive Robotics is an education startup that focuses on empowering underprivileged youth in Asia, helping them be […]

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Shirvan Wines Looking to Increase Tourism in Azerbaijan

SHAMAKHI, AZERBAIJAN –  Shirvan Wines, a startup that is developing a unique organic wine to jumpstart tourism, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Azerbaijan. Its founder, Anar Bakhishov, advances to the next round of the global competition against national winners from 184 countries. “For the first […]

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Sumato Aiming to Convert Shoppers to Buyers in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – Everything is changing in the shopping world for both consumers and retailers. How is technology being used to enhance the in-store experience for consumers and increase sales for retailers? Sumato, a startup based in Argentina, is working on closing the gap between in-store and online by providing retailers tools to create a […]

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Three Startups Emerge from EWC Brazil

FLORIANÓPOLIS, BRAZIL – Three startups – Eu Ensino, Aptah Bioinformatics and Neurobots – are the big winners of the Brazilian stage of the Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC). All three advance to the next round of the competition, participating in a virtual acceleration program featuring one-to-one mentoring with international mentors to prepare for a chance to compete […]

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Traders of Africa Tops 20,000 Startups in EWC Nigeria

LAGOS, NIGERIA – Traders of Africa, a startup that is unlocking regional trade in Africa, captured first prize at the Nigerian national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Lagos. The pan-African online marketplace for products grown, produced or manufactured in Africa only is a B2B platform — a point of convergence for […]

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Makanatna Selected as Top Startup from EWC Chad

N’DJAMENA, CHAD – Makanatna, an agricultural machinery manufacturing startup, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in the capital city of Chad. Idriss Abakar, founder of Makanatna, advances to the next round of the global competition against national winners from 184 countries. “The provision to farmers of low-cost […]

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Singularity Computing Conquers EWC Algeria Finals

SOUK-AHRAS and BLIDA, ALGERIA – Singularity Computing, a cloud-based multi-physics and multi-scale engineering simulation software company, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Algeria. With the win, Mohamed Labadi, founder of Singularity Computing, advances to the next round of the global competition against national winners from 184 countries. […]

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Seknova Biotechnology Scores Win in Taipei

TAIPEI – Seknova Biotechnology, a revolutionary health monitoring startup, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Chinese Taipei. With the win, its founder, Jimmy Huang, advances to the next round of the global competition against national winners from 184 countries. “The technology is comprised of a painless wearable […]

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Pandorum Victorious Over 31,000 Startups in EWC India

NEW DELHI, INDIA – Biotech startup Pandorum Technologies won first place at the India finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup. The startup will represent India at the global competition in Riyadh along with the two runners-up. Dr. Tuhin Bhowmick and Arun Chandru, founders of Pandorum, advance to the next round of the global competition against national winners […]

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Black Dune Studio Triumphs in EWC Tunisia Finals

TUNIS, TUNISIA – Black Dune Studio, a virtual reality studio in the fields of healthcare and education, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Tunisia. With the win, Mohamed Bouabidi, founder of Black Dune Studio, advances to the next round of the global competition against national winners […]

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Agroport Jizzakh Advances Through EWC Uzbekistan

TASKHENT, UZBEKISTAN – Agroport Jizzakh, a startup dedicated to processing of waste from renewable resources using biotechnology with a specialization in cotton processing, was the first place winner at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup in Uzbekistan. It will represent the country at the EWC Global Finals in Riyadh in November 2019. During the final […]

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WideBot Takes EWC Egypt Title

WideBot defeated six other finalists to become Egypt’s national winner of the Entrepreneurship World Cup. The startup is the first Arabic-focused bot builder platform that gives a tool to businesses in MENA to build smart chatbots without coding in a few minutes. The national competition took place at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology Campus. […]

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Bambuhay Takes EWC Top Honors at Philippine Stock Exchange

Held, at the Philippine Stock Exchange, Bambuhay emerged as the champion for this year’s Entrepreneurship World Cup National Finals in Manila. Bambuhay will represent the Philippines in the EWC Global Finals this November ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Bambuhay is a social enterprise that is leading the way in sustainable business creating inclusive and eco-friendly solutions to […]

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Wishibam Takes First Place at EWC @ VivaTech in Paris

French Startup Now to Compete Against National Winners for Chance at EWC Global Finals in November

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UWI Students Take Title at EWC Jamaica

ST. CATHERINE, JAMAICA – JA Bioplastics, a startup that uses biotechnology to create plant-based plastic materials, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Jamaica. JA Bioplastics uses biotechnology to create plant-based plastic materials and resins that are 100% degradable in soil, compo-stable, water-soluble and fire-retardant. The product provides clients […]

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Honey-Making Startup Tastes Victory in EWC Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR – Ikiray Miel de Madagascar, a startup that creates a range of honeys, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup competition held recently in Madagascar. With the win, its founder, Livaniaina Razanajafy, advances to the next round of the global competition against national winners from 184 countries. “Our project is about […]

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The Impact of Social Media: Is it Irreplaceable?

In little more than a decade, the impact of social media has gone from a being an entertaining extra to a fully integrated part of nearly every aspect of daily life for many. Recently in the realm of commerce, Facebook faced skepticism in its testimony to the Senate Banking Committee on Libra, its proposed cryptocurrency […]

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How Feelings and Friendship Factor Into Startup Success (and Failure)

A quarter of U.S. entrepreneurial ventures fail after a year. More than half don’t make it past year five. Given that, how do entrepreneurs react to a downturn in their financial situations? Do they cut their losses and close up shop, or do they hang in there? That may depend on the makeup and the […]

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Why Future Jobs Will Require Data Analytics Skills

From a lone statistician toiling over narrowly defined problems for the marketing department, to a C-level executive overseeing a mission-critical area impacting every function of the company, the meaning of “data and analytics professional” has changed a lot in recent years. A. Charles Thomas’s career has reflected those developments. Thomas, who is General Motors’ first-ever […]

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