Startup World Cup, a global startup pitch competition with a $1,000,000 grand prize, returns for a third year searching for the next world champion amongst the top startups from around the globe.
Thousands of startups from all around the world applied to the 2018 competition. Winners from 28 regional events across six continents pitched their startups at the Grand Finale in San Francisco in May 2018.
Leuko Labs from Boston took home the trophy with the $1,000,000 investment prize. Second place went to Flitto from South Korea, and third place was a tie between Strap from Mexico and Wallbox from Spain.
Startups interested in global exposure, mentorship from global investors, and a potential prize are encouraged to apply for any of the Startup World Cup 2019 regional competitions at http://www.startupworldcup.io/applynow.
Applications need to be completed in one session. You are strongly advised to keep a copy of the information you provide, e.g., in a Word file.
A number of fields require text and indicate the maximum number of words you may enter. We recommend that you first develop your answer offline and then copy and paste it in the appropriate places.
Once you have completed the application, be sure to submit it by clicking Submit at the end.
All applications must be submitted in English.
As part of your registration process, applicants are required to share the status of their registration through this social media link. E.g. “Our team just applied to @SWC2019 #StartupWorldCup #”YourCompanyName” The registration is confirmed once the SWC2019 Twitter Account has favorited your post on Twitter.
The finalists will be selected based partially on the number of tweets (30%) and partially by the judging committee (70%). In order to get more social media points, you must hashtag both #StartupWorldCup and #YourCompanyName. Friends of the company can also tweet with those 2 hashtags to build towards your companies points.
A sample pitch deck can be found here for reference.
Startup World Cup regional events are co-hosted with leading technology and startup conferences, including ad:tech in Japan, StartCon in Australia, South Summit in Spain, Up21 in Czech, MIT Venture Capital & Innovation Conference in the US, StartupCon in Germany, Trescon World Blockchain Summit in U.A.E. and Kenya, Silicon Vikings in Scandinavia, and SA Innovation Summit in South Africa.