Enterprise Ireland encourages Irish start-ups to apply for Start-Up World Cup

1st November 2017

Regional qualifier to take place in Dublin with high-profile judging panel
Chance to win $1 million funding at global competition stage

Irish start-ups are encouraged to apply for the Irish regional qualifier of the Startup World Cup, the global initiative developed by Fenox Venture Capital offering startups the opportunity to win $1 million funding at the global competition stage. The qualifying round of the world-wide competition is supported by Enterprise Ireland and will take place on Tuesday, 14th November at the NDRC in Dublin.

Applications are now open via the Startup World Cup website and Enterprise Ireland is encouraging start-ups to apply. The competition is open to companies at all levels of start-up, however entrants should ideally have a live product at MVP stage or later and be generating revenue (paid POC’s as sole source of income is accepted).

The closing date for applications is Friday, 3rd November and the announcement of the Top 10 regional qualifying companies will take place on Tuesday 7th November. The top 10 start-ups will then have a week to develop their pitch before the regional qualifying pitch event on Tuesday, 14th November.

The live pitch event is also open to start-ups and entrepreneurs to attend and hear from the expert judging panel, including Joe Healy, Enterprise Ireland; Barry O’Brien, Silicon Valley Bank; Charlie Ardagh, Facebook; David Bowles, Delta Partners and Thomas Olszewski, Frontline Ventures.

Commenting on the competition, Joe Healy, Manager, High Potential Start-Up division, Enterprise Ireland and judging panel member said, “The Start-Up World Cup gives start-ups with the potential to scale internationally, the opportunity to be catapulted onto a global stage at a crucial time in their progression and development, and it is for this reason that we are delighted to support it. Enterprise Ireland supports Irish start-ups and entrepreneurs through the Competitive Start Fund and the High Potential Start Up programme, and in addition to funding, provides advice and learning platforms to help start-ups with global ambition to become investor ready. This ethos is mirrored in the format of the Start-Up World Cup conference, which provides unrivalled access to leading entrepreneurs and has support for start-ups at its core.”

In addition to the competition segment of the event, the regional qualifier will feature a lively panel discussion on ‘The funding challenges Irish companies face when scaling internationally,’ with speakers including Joe Healy, Enterprise Ireland; Barry O’Brien, Silicon Valley Bank; Noel Ruane, Polaris Partners and Ryan Hamilton, Fenox Venture Capital.

The Startup World Cup conference and final competition will take place in May 2018 in San Francisco, California and will see the top start-ups, VCs, entrepreneurs and tech CEOs from regional rounds across the globe compete against each other. Finalists will be asked to take part in a live pitch to some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs and business leaders to win the $1 million prize fund. Previous panel members include Steve Wozniack, co-founder of Apple and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.

To attend the Regional Qualifying Pitch Night, register here.


For further information contact

Marika MacCarvill

Press & PR,

Enterprise Ireland

Marika MacCarvill

+353 86 171 2568

Aoife Kelly

Press Office

Enterprise Ireland

Aoife Kelly

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