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The greatest battle to ever engage entrepreneurs is happening over the next two weekends (November 14th and November 21st). Global Startup Battle will host the Champion’s track in order to showcase the best of every city and region. Everyone is eligible, regardless of local event placement!

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5 superstar judges have been handpicked to award one lucky GSB team the grand prize package! 



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Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as Nasis an American rapper, songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Since 1994, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and sold over 25 million records worldwide. Aside from rapping and acting, Nas is an entrepreneur through his own record label, retail sneaker store, and magazine publishing. He serves as Mass Appeal Magazine‘s associate publisher as well as an owner of a Fila sneaker store. He is currently signed to Def Jam Recordings.

Listen too: One Time 4 Your Mind from Illmatic.

Dan Martell

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Dan Martell is an award-winning Canadian entrepreneur and founder of Clarity, a venture backed startup that makes it easy to connect with top business minds over the phone.

He previously co-founded Flowtown, a San Francisco based social marketing product which raised funding, grew to over 50,000 small business customers and was eventually acquired by Demandforce (NASDAQ: INTU) in 2011. In 2012 he was named Canada’s top angel investor having completed over 33 investments with companies like Udemy, Intercom and Unbounce.

Daymond John

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Daymond John is an American entrepreneur, investor, television personality, author and motivational speaker. He is best known as the founder, president, and CEO of FUBU, and appears as an investor on the ABC reality television series Shark Tank. He is currently based in New York City.

Lesa Mitchell

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Lesa Mitchell currently provides advisory board level support to four venture-backed companies in three US cities and provides strategic support to additional firms through her company, Network for Scale. Mitchell is a Sr. Advisor for the Milken Institute, Board member at the Althea Foundation in San Francisco and Enstitute in New York. As a former executive at the Kauffman Foundation, Mitchell designed and implemented research and programmatic initiatives to accelerate economic growth at a regional and global level.

Chris Hollod 

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Chris Hollod is a prominent fund manager. He works directly with Ashton KutcherGuy Oseary, and Ron Burkle to manage their venture capital fund, A-Grade Investments.

Chris was named one of the 32 most influential investors of 2013 (outside Silicon Valley). Fortune also listed Chris as an early investor in Uber. Chris has judged several start-up competitions including Global Startup Battle and Startup Weekend Los Angeles. Chris sits on the board of directors of life/after/denim, a contemporary menswear and accessories brand backed by Ashton Kutcher, Ron Burkle, and Relativity Media. Prior to joining A-Grade Investments, Chris worked in Investment Banking and Private Equity. Chris graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Economics.


There are 4 more tracks your team could qualify for. Each track has awesome judges and prize packages. Check it out!



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