Global Entrepreneurship Week today announced StartUp Cup as a featured event beginning in 2013. A formal announcement was made during the Santa Clara County StartUp Cup, November 15, 2012, in Saratoga, California.

SCupGEW_LogoStartUp Cup, launched in November 2011, is a global network of local business model competitions open to any idea. StartUp Cup has proven to be instrumental in helping build businesses and create jobs wherever it is launched.

“We have watched the impressive growth of StartUp Cup and the impact it is having by helping launch new firms around the world,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of Global Entrepreneurship Week. “Competitions like this play an integral part in Global Entrepreneurship Week by helping nascent entrepreneurs sharpen their skills and make the connections they need to take the next step.”

“We are thrilled to be part of Global Entrepreneurship Week and honored to be named a featured event going forward,” said Sean Griffin, CEO and Founder of StartUp Cup. “Global Entrepreneurship Week was the catalyst for StartUp Cup and their leadership and support of our local efforts has played an instrumental role in our success.”

Other featured events include: Startup Weekend, Startup Open, Creative Business Cup, World Series of Innovation, Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, and Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition.

About Global Entrepreneurship Week
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a growing network of 24,000 partner organizations. For more information, visit

About Startup Cup

StartUp Cup is a global network of locally driven business model competitions open to anyone with any type of business idea. Entrepreneurs receive coaching and mentoring from local seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders throughout the competition. This proven model to build businesses and create jobs can be replicated in any community.

Started in 2011 there are eight StartUp Cup business model competitions operating worldwide, including Yerevan (Armenia), Cairo (Egypt), Paraguay, Zambia (Africa) and four local competitions within the United States, including Tulsa (Oklahoma), Northwest Arkansas, Santa Clara County (California) and Nourish International (US College Campuses). Five other locations have committed to hosting a StartUp Cup in 2013, and an additional forty-eight are in process.

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