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Competition open from May 22nd to July 31st 2017. To take part apply here

Future Agro Challenge (FAC) is the leading global competition that discovers innovative fundable food, agtech, and agriculture ventures addressing solutions from farm to fork. FAC provides key tools and opportunities to help them grow their business and expand them into new markets. FAC is working to make a difference on a global level by increasing interaction amongst farmers, agripreneurs, investors, private and public stakeholders to enhance the agricultural revolution underway.


Creative Business Cup

Creative Business Cup empowers entrepreneurs in the creative industries, connects them to investors and global markets and strengthens their innovative capabilities to the benefit of industry and society.

Creative Business Cup is a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), being one of the top five events; the Creative Business Cup is actively promoted in more than 150 countries around the globe.

We promote entrepreneurship, innovation and competitiveness in the creative industries, nationally, regionally and globally.

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Startup Open 2017

Startup Open 2017

Welcome 2017 #StartupOpen participants!
Startup Open is a global competition that is open to entrepreneurs from any industry with a new business that has yet to raise any outside capital from angel investors, venture capital firms or other formal sources of seed funding. More than 1,000 teams applied to compete in 2017.
WILL YOU BE NEXT? Apply now! Just hit the big orange button on your left to get started!


  1. All applications must be submitted in English.
  2. Applications will be accepted from 03 April 2017, until 30 September 2017.
  3. Applications will only be accepted online through the Startup Compete platform or through an officially approved Global/National Competition.
  4. It is not required that a startup be incorporated, but a company cannot be incorporated over 18 months to compete.
  5. You must be starting a for-profit company, or a non-profit that does not rely on grants.
  6. Your startup must be pre-money, no venture funding, at time of application


  • YES Stand-up phase when individuals or groups are equipped with the entrepreneurial attitudes and skills to attempt the creation of new company.
  • YES Start-up phase when resources are mobilized and regulatory requirements fulfilled to start a new company.
  • NO Scale-up phase when successful companies expand their businesses to new markets or in innovative ways.
  • NO Exit phase when a business owner or an investor decides to cash out an investment made in the past through trade sale or merger with a larger player in the industry (merger and acquisitions), secondary sales to third parties or initial public offerings (IPOs).


The winners will be selected by a panel of judges who are looking at a range of criteria including growth potential, passion, creativity, level of idea development, and their pitching skills. Each judge’s score is weighed equally.


One winner of Startup Open receive a trip for one (1) founder to Istanbul, Turkey (room accommodation, flight and meals) where they will receive VIP delegate credentials to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in April 2018. In addition to the Grand Prize GEC experience, all 10 finalists gain a spot in the exclusive GEN Starters Club, with additional chances there to travel to Istanbul for GEC 2018. Learn more at

All Finalists will also compete in a public voting round during Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 13-19) for the 2017 GEW People’s Choice Prize.

Applicants will have until September 30 to submit their startup.

For more information on the application process and the competition, please visit

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MIT to Award $1 Million to Inclusive Innovators

The second annual MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) will award more than $1 million to “heroes of the digital economy” − organizations that are using technology to reinvent the future of work and create a more equitable economy. For-profit and non-profit organizations of any size, age, type, and nationality are encouraged to apply. GEN is partnering … Read moreMIT to Award $1 Million to Inclusive Innovators

Tech startup founders working 80-hour weeks vulnerable to health and relationship problems, research shows

Starting your own business might help you escape the drudgery of the 9-5 grind, but it comes at a cost. At the mercy of 80-hour working weeks, startup founders say the pressures of making it alone are crippling their mental health and eroding relationships, according to new research. More from Th e Independent