Entrepreneurship World Cup

Applications Close 15 August, 2022

The Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) is an annual pitch competition delivered by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and a supporting host country to provide entrepreneurs access to networks, investment, awareness, and scale.

The competition is open to all entrepreneurs, regardless of level. This ranges from the ideas stage of launching a startup to the growth stage of already having a Series A round.

There are seven phases of participation:

  1. Registration – applicants are on-boarded automatically by the competition website and segmented into appropriate categories based on their stage: Idea, Early, Growth.
  2. EWC Accelerates – applicants are invited to participate in EWC Accelerates and learn from a series of virtual training opportunities to sharpen their skills regardless of their stage (e.g. pitch training).
  3. EWC Qualifiers – applicants compete against others from their country in EWC Qualifiers (competitions) around the world. For countries without a national organizer, applicants will compete in a Global Pool. Up to 250-300 contestants advance past the EWC Qualifiers to the EWC Group Stage in Phase 4.
  4. Bootcamp + EWC Group Stage – All EWC Group Stage contestants are invited to participate in a structured virtual bootcamp comprising two or three cohorts organized by Idea Stage, Early Stage and Growth Stage. Teams participate in a cohort-level workshop and direct one-to-one mentorship sessions designed to explore unique challenges, uncover applicable solutions and refine their pitch and presentation.
  5. Assessment + Global Finalist Selection – EWC Group Stage contestants are evaluated based on the results of due diligence and other factors tied to the Bootcamp. The top 100 are selected as the “EWC 100” Global Finalists.
  6. Global Finals – the EWC 100 are invited to participate in an intensive preparation bootcamp before competing for prizes.
  7. Post-EWC Support – EWC 100 are enrolled in the GEN Starters Club, providing a global peer network, mentorship and other support services to help members, especially after the EWC, reach their full potential. Other partners may be engaged to provide post-EWC support.

The top 100 finalists will be eligible to receive a share of prize packages totalling US$10 million of in-kind services and more than US$1 million in cash prizes.

Furthermore, all global finalists (including a minimum of 25 from the top 100) will receive a full travel scholarship for one team member to pitch on stage in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia before judges, investors, partners, and industry experts. The scholarship includes a round-trip flight ticket, visa, hotel accommodation, meals, and local transportation.

Finally, the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will align with the themes that will have emerged from the EWC program development process. The aim of this event is to act as a state specific Global Entrepreneurship Congress (read below for further details). This is set to happen from 14 to 20 November 2022.

Applications for the EWC will close August 15, 2022. For more information about the application process, eligibility and rules, visit the official website.