The Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) launched at the beginning of 2019 in partnership with the Misk Foundation. To date, more than 60 countries are now part of EWC and approximately 50,000 entrepreneurs from around the globe have registered to take part in the competition.

The Entrepreneurship World Cup is more than a pitch competition. EWC is an entrepreneurial development experience with a virtual acceleration program through GEN Accelerates with access to world class content, a global network of 100 countries and prizes for up to $5 million USD.

At the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Congress – held in Manama, Bahrain – EWC national final organizers from India, Egypt and the United States presented their strategies on how they are connecting with the national ecosystem to drive innovation through EWC, while representatives from Argentina, China, Colombia and Uzbekistan discussed the different public policies implemented in their countries to foster innovation and the importance of implementing EWC in their countries.

Shiv Khemka, vice chairman of SUN Group and executive chairman of the Global Education and Leadership Foundation, EWC host in India, said the Entrepreneurship World Cup is a tremendous opportunity for people to participate and learn together and then take those ideas and innovations and help improve the state of their own worlds and their own communities.

The GEC closed with the Entrepreneurship World Cup Venture Night, co-organized by Tamkeen, where talented entrepreneurs from Bahrain pitched live to an audience of more than 170 countries. The start-ups participating were Ahmed Alsanadi, with Evno; Albaraa Alkhan, with Doctoric; Latifa Al-Khalifa, with Clever Play; and Amal Alhiddi, with Benyan.

The first place was given to Al-Khalifa from Clever Play, which is Bahrain’s first specialized STEAM education service provider that champions early education excellence for generation STEAM. She received $25,000 USD and the opportunity to go directly to the EWC Bahrain finals in June organized by Tamkeen. Second place was given to Doctoric, represented by Alkhan; he will have access to the GEN Accelerates scaling program.

I see the EWC as an all-encompassing helpline as well as a fantastic innovation and inspiration hub for aspiring entrepreneurs like myself,” said Al-Khalifa. “I bring in my vision to serve and in return receive support and direction every step of the way. Going through the tasks invites me to re-assess my own blueprint and level it up to the highest standards.”

EWC Venture Night also featured Jeff Hoffman, a global business leader, serial entrepreneur and GEN Global board member. Hoffman served as mentor and as source of inspiration to the entrepreneurs participating in the EWC Venture Night.

Among the jury panel was: Nawaf Alkooheji, CEO of Tenmou, Bahraini Business Angels Company; Rebeca Hwang, managing partner of Rivet Ventures; and Tomi Davies, president of the African Business Angel Network.

If you are an entrepreneur, don't miss the chance to participate. Registration is open until May 30, and all are welcome to apply.

In addition, if you are interested in becoming an EWC partner, you can register here.

Ana Maria Torres is the Director of the Entrepreneurship World Cup at the Global Entrepreneurship Network. She has been adviser and consultant for… About the author