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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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