University Startup World Cup has been running for five years. Its goal is to feature university startups from around the world that are making an impact. Hence, it has made sure to incorporate the SDGs within the foundation of the program.
The implications of not meeting the SDGs have real-world consequences that will touch the lives of everyone. Youth, in particular, will suffer the most if the SDGs are not met, simply due to the reality of longevity. The fact is not meeting the SDGs is our problem, so involving and motivating youth to participate in achieving the SDGs is essential – especially given the high proportion of youth populations around the world, such as in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The University Startup World Cup 2019 will feature the best 40 universities from around the world. Moreover, the finalists will get an opportunity to receive mentoring, as well as, funding from the industrial experts. Each finalist will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Further, the finalist will receive a cash award of $15,000 to invest in their startup.
The University Startup World Cup 2019 is open for students all over the world. The students should participate in a team of at least three, while each participant should be above the age of 18 years. Here is a list of criteria that an applicant must meet to be eligible for the Startup World Cup 2019
The participants must go through the online application process to apply for the Startup World Cup. Furthermore, for 2019, the application process resembles the Nordic style so that all the participants get an equal opportunity. Moreover, the registration follows a three-phase plan
Participants will register through the online portal by answering typical startup questions before deadline
Participants will receive online assignments that they should complete within the deadline. Phase Two is a mandatory part of the University Startup World Cup, as it will provide a basis for the judging round.
Startups that complete the online assignment from phase two will advance to Phase Three. The internal judges will assess each applicant and select forty best startup ideas for the final round. The startups will attend the USWC Week 2019 from October 29 – November 01.
The best five startups among 40 USWC participants will receive an opportunity to compete for the grand prize on the last day of USWC Week.
The deadline for Phase One, online application submission is on July 20th, 2019.