UAE-based Key2enable & Awecademy selected for Entrepreneurship World Cup Global Finals
The Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) organizers have announced the competition’s top 100 startups to compete in the Global Finals taking place at the Misk Global Forum from 18-20 October. Key2enable and Awecademy from UAE are included in the EWC Top 100 that includes 10 idea stage, 62 early stage and 28 growth stage startups. The most common sectors represented are big data/AI, health and wellness, SAAS/enterprise software, mobile, foodtech and agtech, manufacturing and infrastructure, cleantech, energy and sustainability, fintech, IOT, blockchain, and edtech/learning and talent.
The EWC 100 will be competing at the Global Finals for a share of US$1 million in cash prizes – US$500,000 for first place, $250,000 for second place and $100,000 for third place. In addition, a cash prize of US$50,000 will be awarded to one top scoring startup from each of the following categories: idea stage; early stage; and growth stage. There is also a new social entrepreneurship category for this year's competition. Each of the EWC 100 startup finalists will also receive a package of in-kind services valued at US$850,000 each.
Over a thousand startups pitched at 65 national finals held across six continents during 2020, organized and judged by organizations from the local entrepreneurship ecosystem. The EWC is one of the world’s largest and most diverse pitch competitions and support programs for the next generation of entrepreneurs – with 175,000 entrants applying from 200 countries (up from 102,000 from 187 countries for the EWC 2019).
The EWC is hosted by the Misk Global Forum, Global Entrepreneurship Network and The Global Education & Leadership Foundation. It is supported by a range of global partners, including GSVlabs, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, TechCrunch, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, WebCongress, Endeavor, and organizations that hosted the EWC National Finals.