SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Startup World Cup is partnering with Plug and Play Tech Center to host the US West Coast regional startup competition. This regional competition will be held on February 2nd, 2017.
Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition aimed to bridge startup ecosystems worldwide. There will be 15 regional events across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia that lead up to the Grand Finale in San Francisco, California. This is the first ever event of its type, organized by Fenox Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley-based multinational VC firm.
Plug and Play Tech Center is the world’s largest global technology accelerator and venture fund. Since inception in 2006, its program has expanded worldwide to include entrepreneurs from 24 countries, providing necessary resources to succeed in Silicon Valley. With over 400 startups and 100 corporate partners, it has created the ultimate startup ecosystem. Plug and Play provides active investments with 180 leading Silicon Valley VCs, and more than 365 networking events per year. Companies in its community have raised over $3.5 billion in funding, with successful portfolio exits including Danger, Dropbox, Lending Club, PayPal, SoundHound, and Zoosk.
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The winner of the pitching competition will represent the US West Coast at the Grand Finale and will compete alongside 15 other startups from all over the world for a chance to win a US $1,000,000 prize in investment.
The Grand Finale will take place in San Francisco, USA on March 24th, 2017. Eric Feng of Kleiner Perkins, David Cohen of Techstars, Kevin Hale of Y Combinator, Tim Draper of Draper Associates and DFJ, and Adeo Ressi of Founder Institute will be on the distinguished judging panel that will decide which startup wins the US $1,000,000 prize. Additional judges will be disclosed at a later time.
“Plug and Play is excited to be chosen as the host for Startup World Cup’s West Coast regional event,” said Phillip Vincent, Director of IoT and Mobility Innovation Platforms at Plug and Play. “I am confident that we will be able to find a great startup to represent the west coast region in the Grand Finale.”
“Startup World Cup’s goal is to create innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for startup ecosystems all over the world,” said Anis Uzzaman, Chairman of Startup World Cup and General Partner & CEO of Fenox Venture Capital. “Entrepreneurs from many different countries will be able to use this platform to build great companies and improve their possibilities.”
Through this global event, Plug and Play will be giving the west coast startups access to some of the top VCs and tech entrepreneurs in the world that creates funding and partnership opportunities.
Startups are encouraged to apply at http://www.startupworldcup.io
For any inquiries regarding Startup World Cup, please contact:
Executive Director, Startup World Cup
Director of IoT/Mobility, Plug and Play Tech Center
SOURCE Plug and Play Tech Center