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what is Startup World Cup?

Startup World Cup is the largest global startup conference and pitch competition where 70+ cities send their champion team to the San Francisco Grand Finale, to compete for a $1,000,000 investment prize.










Reno Startup Week, in partnership with Elevate Reno and Pegasus Tech Ventures, is excited to be a participating regional competition site for Startup World Cup. This special event will take place on Wednesday, September 18th. Ten startups will each have 2 minutes to pitch their company, followed by Q&A from a panel of judges. The winner of the event will go on to compete at Startup World Cup's Grand Finale in San Francisco, October 2-4 at Hilton Union Square. 


key Dates

June 15

Applications open

July 26

Application deadline

aug 15

Top 10 announcement

Sep 18


  • Can any startup apply?
    Yes! This competition is open to startups in any industry.
  • Do I need to have raised a round of funding already?
    No, startups at any stage can apply to pitch.
  • Do I need to be local to Reno to apply?
    While we strongly encourage local startups to apply, the competition is open to startups outside the region, as well.
  • What’s the time limit to pitch?
    Presenters are given 2 minutes to pitch, followed by Q&A with the judges. This format mimics the guidelines used at Startup World Cup’s Grand Finale competition.
  • What should be included in my pitch deck?
    We recommend visiting Elevate Reno for resources on creating a pitch deck.
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