Irish Start-Ups Encouraged to Enter World Cup Competition

Irish start-ups are being encouraged to apply for the Irish regional qualifier of the Startup World Cup. A global initiative developed by Fenox Venture Capital, it offers start-ups the opportunity to win $1 million funding at the global competition stage. The qualifying round of the worldwide competition is supported by Enterprise Ireland and will take place on Tuesday November 14th at the NDRC in Dublin.

Applications are now open via the Startup World Cup website and Enterprise Ireland is encouraging start-ups to apply. The competition is open to companies at all levels of start-up, however entrants should ideally have a live product at MVP stage or later and be generating revenue.

The closing date for applications is Friday November 3rd and the announcement of the Top 10 regional qualifying companies will take place on Tuesday November 7th. The top 10 start-ups will then have a week to develop their pitch before the regional qualifying pitch event on Tuesday November 14th.

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Commenting on the competition, Joe Healy, Manager, High Potential Start-Up division, Enterprise Ireland and judging panel member said: “The Start-Up World Cup gives start-ups with the potential to scale internationally the opportunity to be catapulted onto a global stage at a crucial time in their progression and development, and it is for this reason that we are delighted to support it.”

The Startup World Cup conference and final competition will take place in May 2018 in San Francisco, California and will see the top start-ups, VCs, entrepreneurs and tech CEOs from regional rounds across the globe compete against each other. Finalists will be asked to take part in a live pitch to some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs and business leaders to win the $1 million prize fund. Previous panel members include Steve Wozniack, co-founder of Apple and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.

To attend the Regional Qualifying Pitch Night, register here.