Our core objectives is: To generate a global network of StartUp Cup business model competitions acting as a catalyst to bring together entrepreneurial service providers, Global Entrepreneurship Week organizers, seasoned entrepreneurs, political leaders, higher education, and supporters of startups in an effort to accelerate the growth of sustainable new businesses and local entrepreneurial ecosystems.
StartUp Cup history: The first StartUp Cup took place in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 2007 winner was SeekingSitters – listed on Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies (#473 in 2010).
To date, more than 361 startups have competed in StartUp Cup (a partial list is provided below). Even those who didn’t win First Place have shared how important the business building process has been to their success, especially highlighted are the judging and mentoring sessions.
- 92% of the First Place winners remain in operation and one is now listed on the Inc. 500
- 74% of the “Top Three” winners remain in operation
- 61% of the “Top 12″ semi-finalists remain in operation
- 56% of the companies competing are woman owned
Past StartUp Cup participants still in operation (partial list):
|4R||Emerge Interactive||Part-Time Pros|
|Arm Audio Books||Fekra Squared||Real Time Rehab|
|Blue Label Bartending||Flower Tots||The Galley Sink|
|Camp Fashionista||Golden Waste||Twin Foods|
|Cal-Tech Global||Innovative Green House||SeekingSitters|
|Capacity Sports||Jack Bragg Shoes||Skunk Whisperer|
|Cheerful Athletics||Make-A-Review||Vintage Electric|
|Diner Connect||Nooon||Zin Zin|
|EgyNile||Olive Loom||Zooni Leathers|
|Egypt’s Sarcasm Society||Open Medicine Institute|