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Top Startups from 40 Countries to Compete for $1 Million Prize

Winner Will Be Selected in San Francisco, May 17, at Startup World Cup Grand Finale Event

Innovative startups from 40 major markets around the world will compete for a $1 million prize, with the winner to be announced on May 17 at the Startup World Cup (SWC) Grand Finale Event. Renowned judges from GV (Google Ventures), M12 (Microsoft Ventures) and IBM Ventures will join host Fenox Venture Capital to evaluate and decide the winner.

Featuring winners from regional competitions in North AmericaSouth AmericaEuropeAfricaAsia, and Australia, this annual competition has been praised for its inclusiveness and diversity, including startup teams from many cultures, along with many minority and female-founded businesses. The Grand Finale will feature innovative startups, renowned speakers, and hundreds of participating VCs, entrepreneurs, CEOs and 2,500 attendees.

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Confirmed Speakers and Judges (more to be announced):

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  • Deena Shakir, Partner GV (Google Ventures)
  • Deborah Magid, IBM Ventures
  • Rashmi Gopinath, M12 (Microsoft Ventures)
  • Tim Westergren, Founder and Former CEO of Pandora
  • Terry Jones, Founding Chairman of
  • Jay Fulcher, Chairman and CEO of Zenefits
  • Josh Constine, Editor-At-Large of TechCrunch
  • Curtis Carlson, Former President and CEO of SRI International
  • Shekar Ayyar, Executive Vice President of VMware

Startup World Cup is presented by Fenox Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that works with emerging technology companies across the world and specializes in helping entrepreneurs achieve global expansion. “We started Startup World Cup to help foster innovation and entrepreneurship,” said General Partner and CEO Anis Uzzaman. “We wanted to connect entrepreneurs from every single corner of the world to the rest of community. Startup World Cup can become the center hub for everyone down the line.”

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The Semi-Final/Pre-Selection heat event will take place at the Broadway Studios in San Francisco on May 15, 2019, 2 days before the Grand Finale. On the 16th, there will be startup workshops including, “Building A Successful Startup,” and “How Companies Can Leverage Silicon Valley.” On the evening of the 16th, there will be a networking party from 6 – 8:30 PM at the Masonic Auditorium attended by more than 200 investors and corporate executives.  The Grand Finale event will take place at the Masonic on May 17 from 9 AM – 6 PM and will feature keynotes, panels, fireside chats, entertainment, and the $1 million pitch competition with regional champions from all around the world.

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