Startup Open, the featured competition of Global Entrepreneurship Week, is accepting applications now through September 15, 2012. Startup Open is designed to develop innovative startups at the local, regional or even national level. In order to qualify, entrepreneurs must have had a “startup moment” between GEW 2011 and GEW 2012 (November 2011 to November 2012). Startup Open defines a “startup moment” as “any action related to launching a new business, such as incorporating a company, officially opening the doors for business, completing a first sale, or securing funding.”
Once the application window is closed, the top 50 teams will be announced. Applications will be judged on concept growth projections, and knowledge of their industries. The “GEW 50″ will be announced October 15, 2012 and will then compete for top honors and prizes. Prizes are being added each day. The grand prize is an all expenses paid trip to Rio for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress as a VIP delegate of the event.