A global competition for the world’s newest startups to share their vision on a global stage, engage with industry leaders, and win grand prizes. If you have a business idea or a new startup, you can apply now through September 30.

Startup Open is powered by the Global Entreprenuership Network (GEN) — a year-round platform of programs and initiatives aimed at creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem. GEN helps people in 170 countries unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures—creating jobs, accelerating innovation and strengthening economic stability around the world.

Startup Open receives applications form across the globe. In more than 170 countries, GEN works in alignment with the leading local Global Entrepreneurship Week delegates to promote the Startup Open experience on GEN’s Startup Compete, a digital platform that streammlines the way you organize and host startup competitions.

A selection of VIP judges, ranging from entrepreneurs and angel investors to business leaders and executives, identify a few winning startups from to advance to the Global Finals during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 170 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors.

Why Startup Open

Whether it be Agruppa in Colombia or QEYE in Egypt, people can unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures. Startup Open identifies, connects, and recognizes promising young startups around the world.


  • April 05: Prelimenary Registration (get resources to help you prep for your application)
  • May 01: Online Application Officially Opens
  • September 30: Deadline for Applications
  • September 08: GEW People's Choice FInalist Submissions
  • November 13-19: GEW People's Choice Voting
  • November 20: Finalists Paired with GEN Mentors for Feedback
  • January 15: Startup Open Global Champion Announced

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