The Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) is more than just a pitch competition. It gives everyone who enters access to the knowledge, networks and for some, the capital they need to start and scale a company.

Entrepreneurs from various sectors in Uganda are invited to apply for a chance to win generous prize packages  offered in different categories. First stage winners will be selected at country level  and will undergo several phases throughout the competition to the global finals.

Launched in 2019, the EWC is the ultimate showcase competition for innovative businesses. It supports ventures ranging from the idea stage to the growth stage, with a virtual accelerator program to help all participants launch, strengthen and scale their enterprises. The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates the EWC through a partnership with Misk Global Forum and the Global Leadership and Education Foundation

Why should you join the competition?

EWC 2021 winners will receive prize packages totaling more than US$70 million of in-kind services and more than US$1 million in cash. These will include:

  • One (1) Grand Prize Champion: $500,000
  • One (1) 2nd Place Winner: $250,000
  • One (1) 3rd Place Winner: $100,000

Three (3) Stage Champions:

  • Idea Stage: $50,000
  • Early Stage: $50,000
  • Growth Stage: $50,000

Special Prize:

  • Social Enterprise: $50,000

EWC Service Awards:

  • One hundred (100) awards of in-kind services such as training, coaching and mentorship valued at $700,000 each

Who is eligible to apply?

The competition is open to:

  • Any startup throughout the world to apply free of charge;
  • Applicant(s) legally registered or planning to register in their country of residence;
  • Applicant(s) with operations less than seven (7) years old at the date of the global finals of 2021;
  • Applicants at any of the three (idea, early and growth) stages of the business life cycle.  

How to apply

Eligible enterprises can sign up and apply here

Application deadline: 15th June 2021

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