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Startup Open Philippines

Startup Open, a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week, is a global competition to identify and recognize startup companies It is open to any entrepreneurs who have just started, or are about to start, a new venture and have a “startup moment”.


What is a startup moment? 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.”

Startup Open will announce and recognize the global ‘GEW 50’ – 50 of the most promising ventures from around the world, which will be selected by a range of criteria including strength of concept, growth projections, and knowledge of the market. Those 50 companies will then compete for a handful of prizes with the winners announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week.



  • All applications must be submitted in English.
  • Applications will only be accepted online through the iStart platform or through an officially approved National Competition.
  • It is not required that a startup be incorporated, but a company cannot be incorporated over 18 months to compete.


  • The GEW 50 and the winners will be selected by a panel of judges who are looking at a range of criteria including strength of concept, growth projections, and knowledge of the market.
  • There will be two rounds of judging.
  • Each judge’s score is weighed equally.


  • Prizes are nontransferable.
  • Prizes must be accepted as awarded.


  • This contest is subject to all federal, state and municipal laws.

Event Schedule

Global Entrepreneurship Week - Philippines
November 8 - 14, 2021
Metro Manila

From Surviving to Thriving: A Social Entrepreneur Journey
November 8, 2021
Miriam College & Quezon City University

Digital Entrepreneurship in the VUCA World
November 9, 2021
Bicol State College of Applied Sciences & Technology

Intellectual Property for Student Entrepreneurs
November 9, 2021
Capiz State University

Heritage-based Entrepreneurship and Professional Salesmanship
November 10, 2021
Benguet State University

Creative Hubs and Community based Enterprises
November 11, 2021
Philippine Women's College of Davao

Agripreneurship in Action
November 12, 2021
Palawan State University

Business Idea Pitching Competition
November 12, 2021
Live via Zoom