One of the coolest startup contest in the world is back again and this time bigger. The Global Startup Competition, Get In The Ring; is a platform for global exposure and investment opportunities for the most ambitious innovators around the world, who will be battling in the ring, competition for startup glory to become the hero startup.
Open Applications & Public Voting
Startups looking to join the 7th edition of the Global Startup Pitching competition can do so for free as applications are already open.
From all the Global Startup Competition submissions, the top 250 propitious startups will be revealed to the public. Selected startups will then go through a public vote for their way into the Global Meetup.
Selection Rounds: October 2019 – May 2020
Final @ Global Meetup May/June 2020
Want to get in the ring? Become a hero too. APPLY NOW
Lead 2030 Challenge For Young Leaders
New challenges are live and applications are open for Lead2030 challenge. Formed by One Young World, Lead2030 is the world’s biggest prize fund for young leaders making an impact for the Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative finds, funds and accelerates SDG solutions created by founders under 30.
A total of $500,000 in funding was received by the first cohort of Lead2030 Challenge. In addition, winners also entered a 12 month programme of executive mentorship.
The 2019 challenges are themed around 9 of 17 SDG goals. Funding is powered by Astra Zeneca, BP, Bristol Myers Squibb, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Mondi Group, RB and Standard Chartered.
- Aligned: Evidently aligned with the SDG 2,3,4,6,7,9,10,12,14 challenge. See ‘Challenge outline’ .
- Youth-led: Founded by a person aged 18 – 30.
- Focused: Well-structured time horizon, identified key stakeholders and beneficiaries, and proposed outcomes that are reasonable and well thought out.
- Proven: Readily available, in or past implementation phase.
- Impactful: Solutions must have a positive social impact, for example generating employment, or developing skills.
- Measurable: Impacts of solutions must have been adequately measured and/or be measurable.
- Financially viable: Must be able to achieve efficiency and to survive independently through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract.
- Scalable: Potential to perform as well or better after expanding in scope or size and/or being transported to other regions.
Application deadline is January 5, 2020.
Visit the Lead2030 website to apply
Africa-UK: Female Tech Founders 2020 Applications(Funding available)
Applications are open for fast rising female entrepreneurs based in Nigeria, Kenya or South Africa. Launched by the International Tech Hub Network, the Africa-UK: Female Tech Founders 2020 is a programme for female entrepreneurs using tech to solve a local development challenge.
The programme will bring 15 of the continent’s most ambitious development-focused women entrepreneurs to the UK in January.
Across a three day tailored programme (20 – 22 January), participants will benefit from masterclasses, events and workshops designed to provide in-depth training on how to scale and grow their business, expand into the UK, and how best to position their purpose-driven organisations. Participants will discover the UK’s thriving tech ecosystem, exploring new opportunities for global partnerships and increased investment through peer-to-peer networking.
The agenda will include:
- Training session led by successful female tech leaders sharing their funding journey
- Masterclass event covering: protecting IP and raising offshore funding; accessing finance; scaling a purpose driven social impact business; protecting customers’ data
- Roundtable with GEP alumni addressing scaling successfully in the UK
- Tailored mentoring event with UK startups, including female founders
- Innovation tour of co-working spaces, including Google Campus
- Networking dinner with UK and African entrepreneurs
Activities will be delivered by UK tech experts and the Department for International Trade’s Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP) Dealmakers and alumni, including prominent female tech leaders.
The programme will be delivered alongside the Africa Investment Summit, taking place in London on 20 January. Winners are expected to be able to attend the Summit.
Five founders from each country will be selected to join the delegation to the UK in January 2020.
Application deadline is 21 November 5pm (GMT).
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