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Program overview

Any entrepreneur. All stages. Everywhere. Whether you have never even thought about launching a start-up or if you already have a Series A round under your belt, the Entrepreneurship World Cup can help you take your next big step.


EWC is all about the entire experience – training, resources, connections, mentorship, and more. On top of that, EWC offers a great number of impactful prizes – more than $1 million in cash prizes total for the global winners plus a combined $75 million worth of in-kind support for the top 100 global finalists, not to mention investment opportunities and awesome resources and perks from our leading partners. In addition to these global prizes, many EWC national competitions offer their prizes.


Since it launched in 2019, the Entrepreneurship World Cup has had 300,000 participants from 200 countries, more than $2 million In cash prizes, and 10,000 hours spent in training.


EWC launched in 2019 with more than 102,000 registered participants. NERv, a Canadian health-tech start-up, emerged victoriously and scooped $500,000. In 2020, 175,000 registered participants entered, and TurtleTree Labs claimed the top honors.

This year, a whopping $1 million in cash prizes is up for grabs for 100 start-ups competing in the EWC Global Finals will be flown into the Saudi capital Riyadh to receive a package of perks and in-kind support services valued at $750,000, as well as gaining automatic entry into the GEN Starters Club with access to a peer network of promising founders, thereby opening doors to new opportunities.




Important Dates


March 2021 - Application opens – Accelerate 1 Starts

August 2021- Saudi National Final + Accelerate 2

October 2021 – Bootcamp

November 2021 - Global finals

Starting Date

1st March 2021

Program highlights

Global platform
Access global investors and networks
Life-changing prizes
$1 million in cash prizes and a combined $75 million worth of in-kind support
3 Global Grand Prizes
$500k for first; $250k for second; $100k for third
Investor access
Open stage for all investors to offer deals
Pre-competition mentorship
Improve skills, business plan and confidence
Saudi advocacy
Represent Saudi on the global stage

Application criteria

The Entrepreneurship World Cup is open to creative and innovative individuals anywhere on the entrepreneurship spectrum.

What you will learn from this program

Accelerate 1
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Start-ups are put through a series of education and virtual training opportunities to sharpen their skills around areas such as customer and industry knowledge, personal and team skills, creativity and problem solving, and business acumen. Feb - Jun 2021

National Competition

Competition happening simultaneoulsy in 100+ countries, virtually and at in-person live events. Winner receives national prizes and advances to stage 3. Jun - Aug 2021

Accelerate 2

The top 250 start-ups from around the world participate in virtual training sessions and direct, one-to-one mentorship to prepare them for the Global Finals. Aug - Sep 2021

Global Finals

The top 100 global finalists travel to the EWC Global Finals for a bootcamp and the final round of the competition where they can network with potential investors and compete on stage for cash prizes and support services. Nov 2021

Post-EWC Support

The EWC 100 Global Finalists are enrolled in the GEN Starters Club, providing a global peer network, mentorship and other support services to help members reach their full potential. Other partners may be engaged to provide post-EWC support. Dec 2021 onwards

Frequently asked questions

The Entrepreneurship World Cup is open to creative and innovative individuals anywhere on the entrepreneurship spectrum. With categories and prizes for idea-stage, early-stage and growth-stage ventures, the EWC customizes the accelerator resources available and ensures that competitions are conducted on equal footing and for all industries.

You bet! EWC is more than just a global pitch competition but it’s still a competition and yes, there are prizes – life-changing prizes. Experiences, connections, investment and more. We’ll share more when we open for applications.

The EWC is open to all entrepreneurs – including those focused on starting and scaling social ventures.

Both. Depending on your country, you may be competing against other entrepreneurs in your country through a virtual platform or in a live, face-to-face competition. It is expected that the number of countries offering live national finals will increase in the coming years.

The global finals will be held at the Misk Global Forum, scheduled for October 2021 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The top 100 finalists' travel and accommodation fees will be covered. For more information, visit the EWC website.

Contact Us if you still have any questions

Application Process

  • Sign up

    Sign up to Misk Hub and create your profile

  • Apply

    Select this program and click the apply button

  • Evaluation

    We will review your application criteria and decide if this program is right for you.

  • Application confirmation

    Successful applicants will receive an email confirming their program enrollment. We will also share more program-specific information and details about your participation.

Applications closed

Skills you will gain:

Business growth Communication Sales


Represent Saudi at a global entrepreneurship competition and win life-changing prizes

About our partner(s)

Misk Global Forum brings young leaders, creators and thinkers together with established global innovators to explore, experience and experiment with ways to meet the challenge of change. It is the flagship global platform of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to discover, develop and empower young people in Saudi Arabia, and beyond to become active participants in the future economy. The forum furthers the foundation’s mission internationally through engagement, partnerships and events.
The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates a platform of projects and programs in 180 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business. By fostering deeper cross border collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support organizations, GEN works to fuel healthier start and scale ecosystems that create more jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and strengthen economic growth.
The Global Education & Leadership Foundation (tGELF) is a non-profit that seeks to identify and nurture leadership skills in individuals who are rooted in the values of ethics and altruism, and have a bias for action. tGELF was officially inaugurated in 2008 by the then Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh. In the last decade, tGELF’s flagship school curriculum on ethical leadership and entrepreneurship has expanded from just six schools in India to over 3000 schools across 14 countries touching more than 3 million students.

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Skills you will gain:
Business growth Communication Sales