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Deadline: July 20, 2019 00:00 (CEST)| Apply here
Dates: October 30 - November 1, 2019
Eligibility: You must currently be a student, have a student on your team or have graduated within 2 years. Students must have at least 2 co-founders, and implementing 1 of the 17 UN sustainable development goals within their startup.

University Startup World Cup 2019

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. That’s why it has been made sure to incorporate the SDGs within the foundation of the program.

This year the application process has been set up differently. An online program teaching basic Nordic style methods has been designed to ensure all of the participants have an equal chance.

The program begins from May to July where startups will work at their own leisure, and submit mini assignments which will be added to their application for the judging round.

As a finalist, startups receive $1,000 USD. In order to receive the grant, startups must fully complete the application process and attend the finals from October 30th to November 1st.

A little less conversation, a little more action!

UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals will be the backbone of this year’s USWC!

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).

How does it work?

  • Phase One – Online Application

Phase one of the application is a simple form asking typical startup questions, and to confirm participation for phase two that begins in May. The deadline for this application round is July 20th.

  • Phase Two – USWC online program

The online program is a mandatory part of the application process. You have 2 months to finish the program, and the deadline is on July 20th. All assignments will be added to phase 1 of your application for the judging round.

As long as all assignments are completed, you will advance to the judging round in August.

  • Phase Three – Judging Round

All startups who complete the online program will automatically get to phase three, which is the judging round. All applications will be reviewed by internal experts. Only the top 40 startups will be selected to attend the finals for a chance to win $15,000 USD.

Interested in applying for the University Startup World Cup 2019? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.


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