Kauffman Foundation News (9/1/11): Startup Open deadline is two weeks away

Calling All Entrepreneurs: Startup Open Registration 
Deadline is Two Weeks Away

Startups contend for chance to win trip to UK for Global Entrepreneurship Congress or mentoring from Redbox Founders

The submissions deadline for Startup Open, a featured competition at Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 that recognizes startups with high-growth potential, is now only two weeks away. Startups can register at www.startopen.com/register until Sept. 15.

Entrepreneurs who have a “startup moment” between GEW 2010 and GEW 2011 (Nov. 22, 2010 to Nov. 20, 2011) are eligible to take part. A “startup moment” is anything that can be interpreted as the company is “open for business,” such as a business is incorporated, a first sale is completed or outside funding is secured.

By entering, startups will have the chance to be recognized as part of “the GEW 50″ — 50 of the most promising ventures from around the world. Of these, one winner will be selected to receive an all-expense-paid trip to Liverpool, UK, to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2012. A second winner will receive one year of mentoring from Redbox founding members and serial entrepreneurs Michael DeLazzer and Biju Kulathaka, courtesy of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

Applicants will be judged on concept, growth projections, and knowledge of their industry. Names of “the GEW 50″ will be announced on Oct. 15, while prize winners will be announced on Nov. 14 as GEW 2011 kicks off.