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From November 22 through November 28, 2011, Startup WeekendTM will be hosting an online Global Startup Battle designed to foster friendly competition and community awareness among the global Startup Weekend community.  Forty-eight winning teams from Startup Weekend events that took place November 11-14, 2011 and November 18-20, 2011 have the chance to compete to become the ultimate Global Startup Battle winner.

Over 60 communities, spread over 5 continents, held Startup Weekends over these two weekends.  In total over 4,500 attendees, mentors, speakers, and judges worked on startup ideas during these events, with thousands of ideas pitched and hundreds of teams formed.

The Global Startup Battle contenders teams led by college students, business professionals, retirees, stay-at-home-moms, even a 10 year old!  Ideas fell into many categories including green tech, profit-for-good, mobile, gaming, education, e-commerce, travel, food, and more.

The winner of Global Startup Battle receives prizes which are intended to help their startup gain exposure in the global startup community as well as provide services and support to continue working on their team and idea.

Prizes include a table at the Startup Pavilion at Demo Asia in Singapore (February 2012), a table in the Launch Pad at the Launch Conference in San Francisco (March 2012), 40 hours of web design services from Creative Design Agency BTrax ($6,500 value), a PR launch package courtesy of The Kauffman Foundation, and a startup legal package from Cooley LLP ($5,000 value).

Voting is open to the global Startup Weekend community and beyond starting at 12pm PST on November 22 and ends at 11pm PST on November 28, 2011.  Anyone can vote for their favorite startup by going to the Startup Weekend Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/startupweekend, and clicking on the “Contests” tab on the left hand side.