Win $ 1,000,000 in investment with Startup World Cup and The Innovation Summit




Startup World Cup is partnering with SA Innovation Summit in its Ventureburn Pitching Den to host its first ever South African regional competition. This regional competition will be held on September 22 and 23rd, 2016 as a part of the annual SA Innovation Summit event in Ekurhuleni in the Ventureburn Pitching Den.


Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition with the goal of bridging startup ecosystems worldwide. There will be 16 regional events across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, leading up to the Grand Finale in US Silicon Valley. This is the first ever event of its type, organized by Fenox Venture Capital, a Silicon Valley-based multinational VC firm.

SA Innovation Summit, South Africa’s innovation ‘event of the year’, is taking place from 21 to 24 September 2016 in Ekurhuleni, and is appealing to all startups and fast growing companies less than 7 years old to enter the Ventureburn Pitching Den competition. Prizes include mingling with European markets at the Slush conference in Finland sponsored By TEKES -Beam, R 50 000 for the best Social Innovation form SAB Foundation as well scouts for the best technologies that can be applied in other markets such as early childhood development. The finalists will receive huge market exposure in South Africa, Europe, Asia and the United States.

The winner of the SA Innovation Summit Pitching Den competition will represent South Africa at the Startup World Cup 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. To enter, go to:

The closing Date for the SA leg is 21 August 2016 and the finalists will compete on 22 and 23 September at the SA Innovation Summit to determine the SA Winner.

The Startup World Cup 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 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.

“I am very happy to bring Startup World Cup to Johannesburg as a part of our SA Innovation Summit event and I’m proud that we will select a startup to represent South Africa in the Startup World Cup Finale,” said Audrey Verhaeghe, Chairman of SA Innovation Summit, “I hope the South Africa startup becomes the world champion.”

Through this global event, SA Innovation Summit will be giving the South African startups exposure to Silicon Valley and access to some of the top VCs and tech entrepreneurs in the world, creating funding and partnership opportunities.

For any inquiries regarding Startup World Cup, please contact:

Chris Abshire, Executive Director, Startup World Cup

Audrey Verhaeghe, Chairman, SA Innovation Summit