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Announcing the Open and Startup Women Tracks

In more than 250 cities and nearly 70 countries including Mozambique, Lesotho, Iraq, Nepal, Guam and more, a global rally for innovation is brewing. In just a few days, teams all across the world will dive into action as they start their entrepreneurial journey as part of Global Startup Battle!

Entering its sixth year, Global Startup Battle (GSB) is the world’s biggest early stage startup competition and is timed to bookend Global Entrepreneurship Week. GSB offers entrepreneurs several ways to compete, each offering different opportunities for the fledgling teams to jumpstart their success story. Partners providing expert mentorship and unique experiential prizes include a mix of innovative young startups and established corporations. A few of our judges include Mary Grove of Google for Entrepreneurs, Danielle Morrill of Mattermark, and David Brown of Techstars.

This year we are opening the doors even wider with our new “Open Track.” Historically, only startups participating in Startup Weekend events were eligible for GSB, but this year the competition is open to any startups who want to take part. Many thanks to the Open Track sponsor, incorporate.com.

We’ve also added a new “Startup Women Track” this year, supported by Techstars’ newly formed nonprofit, the Techstars Foundation. This track, along with the Open Track, are specifically designed to encourage a more equal share of voice and participation in a community and industry that faces a profound lack of diversity. Techstars and Startup Weekend are working hard to deliver on our goals to increase diversity and open access in the 1,000+ startup communities in which we operate. Our mission is all about inclusion and providing access to entrepreneurship and we feel this is an exciting, concrete step towards that.

“The most exciting thing about GSB isn’t just the sheer size, it’s the incredible diversity of people and locations that are gathered around a common cause and working toward their goals in earnest,” said Marc Nager, Chief of Community for Techstars. “Knowing that thousands of people anywhere from a mile away to 10,000 miles away are embarking on the same journey as you are at the same time AND will be there to support you going forward is a really empowering experience. Cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic boundaries melt away as passion and innovation take over.”

If you or a team you know would like to participate, please visit the GSB site to learn more and find a Startup Weekend near you.

If you’re a startup or team interested in the Open Track, learn more here.

GSB kicks off this Friday, November 13th!


Kacey Wherley Kacey Wherley
(@kaceyraewherley) is Marketing Production Lead at Techstars. Before joining the Techstars team, Kacey was part of the UP Global team and previously with a cybersecurity startup in Pittsburgh. She enjoys all things social media and connecting with entrepreneurs online.

  • So well said you guys! Excited to be here in Bergen, Norway to see things kicking off.