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Most sports have a world cup, or global championship of some sort, but did you know that the tech space does too?
Organised by the Silicon Valley Foundation, the event aims to bring together some of the hottest emerging tech companies from around the globe and have them compete for the title in front of a group of VCs, Angels, corporate business development executives, prospective customers and partners, bloggers and media from the global tech scene.
This year’s event, to be hosted at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus, includes a number of high-profile speakers and judges and takes place on 1 June.
Startups accepted into the World Cup Tech Challenge are in a pre-global stage, meaning they have launched their products in their respective local markets and now ready for a global launch.
Twenty-four Startups from across the globe are selected through a thorough qualification process by 35 judges. The startups compete in six different groups. The Groups each have four spots available, and a country can only be represented once in a group. The deadline for submission is 15 April, although the organisers say they’ll be screening applications as they come in.
The groups for this year’s competition are:
- Internet of Things
- Augmented/Virtual Reality
Startups looking to compete for a spot should visit the application page, fill out all the boxes, and upload an Executive Summary of no more than two pages together with a 2-minute video-pitch (video is optional for the application phase, but will be mandatory for the online voting if your company qualifies to the finals).