StartUp Open Morocco
Startup Open is a global competition to identify and recognize The GEW 50, the 50 most promising startups from around the world founded between GEW 2014 and GEW 2015. It is open to any entrepreneurs who has just or is about to start a new venture and has a “startup moment” between November 23, 2014 and November 16, 2015. A startup moment can be when a business is incorporated, doors open for business, a first sale is completed, outside funding is secured, or something else that can be interpreted as the company is “open for business.”
The top local finalists will get the chance to compete in the National Final in Casablanca, Morocco in October 2015 during the StartUp Maroc Championship 2015 event to select the National Champion.
The GEW 50 companies will then compete for a handful of prizes with the winners announced during GEW, November 16-22, 2015.
The National winner of Startup Open receives an all expenses paid trip to Medellín, Colombia where they will receive VIP delegate credentials to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2016. The GEC brings together entrepreneurs, investors, global leaders and startup champions from more than 100 counties. As part of the experience, the Startup Open winner will have the opportunity to: showcase their startup on a global scale; gain valuable insight from successful and experienced entrepreneurs; hear from and meet world leaders, economists and other experts regarding programs, policies and research aimed at advancing entrepreneurship; and, experience all Medellín has to offer that makes it an emerging hub for innovation and creativity.
Startup open is for startups founded between GEW 2014 and GEW 2015. It is open to any entrepreneurs who has just or is about to start a new venture and has a “startup moment” between November 23, 2014 and November 16, 2015. A startup moment can be when a business is incorporated, doors open for business, a first sale is completed, outside funding is secured, or something else that can be interpreted as the company is “open for business.”
No Working Prototype required, no Registration required when applying but a company cannot be incorporated over 18 months to compete and the ideas can be in ANY industry
– Potential scalable product or service idea for a big enough target market.
– Working on business Model & testing the initial problem-solution assumptions
– One person or only a vague team; no confirmed commitment and/or no right skills balance in the team structure.
– Team qualifications and experience
– Scalable and innovative business idea and/or model
– Market opportunities
– Fundability of the startup
– A spot to be pitch at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2016 in Medelin in Colombia
– An all expenses paid trip (Hotel and Flight Ticket) to Attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2016 in Medelin in Colombia
– Ample media attention will be awarded to the national startup winner.
– Mentoring @ StartUp Maroc Bootcamps
2nd & 3rd Runner-up
– Mentoring @ StartUp Maroc Bootcamp
10.07.2015 : Opening application period for startups
10.07.2015 – 31.07.2015 : 1st Round of Application
Apply at the first wave of registrations increase your chances of being selected to participate at the National Final
05.08.2015 – 25.08.2015 : 2nd Round of Application
Some startups have already been selected in the first round, you may have the chance to apply for the National Finals if places are still available.
01.09.2015 – 10.10.2015 : 3rd & Last round of application
Last chance to apply for the National Final
October 2015 : Finalists selected to participate in the National Final
October 2015 : StartUp Maroc Bootcamp for finalists
October 2015 : National Finals : StartUp Maroc Championship
January 2016 : StartUp Maroc Bootcamp for the National Winner and 2nd and 3rd Runner Up
March 2016 : International Final @Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2016