Global Startup Awards, the largest independent startup-ecosystem competition, has announced 3 new regions joined its network this year, now covering 64 countries in 7 regions of Europe, Asia and Africa.
In Europe, the newcomers are South Europe (welcoming nominations in 18 categories) and EuroAsia (in 20 categories), next to the 2 initial regions Central European Startup Awards (in 16 categories) and Nordics Startup Awards (in 16 categories).
Startups on different verticals and maturity levels, investors, acceleration programs, founders, coworking offices, digital nomads and software development agencies are welcomed to apply or to be nominated.
National Finalists in each participating country will be competing first on a national, then on a regional level, and regional winners will be announced at the regional Grand Finales in each region, which are not only about the Awards Ceremony, but also invite-only Ecosystem Summits that are only available for the winners and stakeholders of the competition, just like juries, ambassadors and country partners.
“Ecosystem Summits are the most important perks for our winners and partners, where we bring together the high level representatives of startups, investors, corporate accelerators, coworking offices and individuals, selected by the competition, having not more than 150-200 people spending quality time together to meet and make business connections with each other.” – says Péter Kovács, Co-Founder and Head of Friendships.
The selection process is fully transparent and participation in the competition is completely free. Organizers also confirm they under no circumstances sell any data and that no fees are charged for anything related to the competition or the events.
“Joining the competition brings lots of opportunities for startups and other ecosystem players on a longer run, not only by being recognized and connected with each other, but also through unique programs we develop with governments and corporates, just like match-startup-program.com” – says Kim Balle, Co-Founder and CEO.