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Apply Now for the Second Edition of “This is How I Moved my #BusinessForward” Campaign

Business Forward, the knowledge portal of AUC School of Business, is starting off 2022 running a very exciting digital campaign that calls for the participation of the business community.

In recent years, and even more accelerated by COVID-19, there is a movement emphasizing the purpose and role of business in society to create values, ensure sustainable development, diversity, and stakeholder interests. However, in Egypt and this part of the world, literature about responsible business or corporate responsibility and documentation of its practice is very limited. It is often mistakenly associated with charity, philanthropy and public relations.

In this edition of “This is How I Moved my #BusinessForward”, in partnership with The Coca Cola Company and the Commercial International Bank (CIB), the objective is to build the narrative and awareness about corporate responsibility, highlighting positive examples that demonstrate responsible business conduct embedded in the vision and day-to-day operations of the business, rather than a one-off act.

Join to showcase how your business or company helped promote corporate responsibility over the past year. The call for participation is open until February 28, 2022. The campaign ends with the audience voting on the most inspiring stories and an awards ceremony in March 2022.

Apply Now: MIT Legatum Fellowships

Application Deadline

Applications Open:
February 7th, 2022

Applications Close:
March 7th, 2022 (11:59 EST)

Applications to join our 2022-2023 Legatum Fellowship cohort will close on March 7th—don’t miss this great opportunity! The Legatum Center Fellowship helps incoming and current MIT students who are aspiring entrepreneurs maximize their future impact as entrepreneurial leaders in emerging markets. The fellowship allows for a world-class education at MIT, a dedicated curriculum and extensive mentoring and community support. Current MIT students, as well as those applying to MIT for the 2022-2023 academic year, are welcome to apply. We look forward to hearing your story!

The Legatum Fellowship is a competitive program designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs gain a world class education at MIT, as well as extensive mentor and community support, in order increase their likelihood of success as principled, impactful leaders in emerging markets. Each year we build a cohort 20-25 students dedicated to building and scaling ventures in the developing world and provide them with tuition, travel, and prototyping support, as well as access to mentors, special seminars, and other cross-campus resources.

Since its founding, the Legatum Center has supported over 300 Fellows, and we take great pride and care in growing this community of entrepreneurial leaders year by year.

Resources

Program Elements

This Fellowship is intensely action-oriented and suits the student who is fully committed to becoming a principled leader and improving the lives of others through entrepreneurship.

  • Curriculum: Through our customized educational experience, students develop practical skills for navigating complex business environments, making principled business decisions, setting and reaching venture milestones, and building and leading teams globally.
  • Mentorship: We have an Entrepreneur-in-Residence dedicated to helping our Fellows navigate their entrepreneurial journey at MIT. We have also built a network of domain experts and mentors to provide guidance, encouragement, and specialized advice as needed.
  • Community: MIT has a rich entrepreneurial ecosystem comprised of faculty, investors, potential partners, new technologies, and both aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs. The Legatum Center serves as a community hub, helping students navigate the pockets of MIT to secure the precise expertise and resources you’ll need to optimize your entrepreneurial journey.

Financial Support: Each Fellow receives funding up to $25,000 that can be used to support their school tuition and stipend. Fellows may also receive grants to support travel to emerging markets during the summer and winter breaks in order to build professional relationships, conduct primary market research, test prototypes, or run pilot studies.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Fellowship, applicants must either be:

  • A current MIT Student who will still be enrolled for the year-long duration of the fellowship

OR

  • Admitted to begin a (full-time) degree program at MIT in the fall semester of the coming academic year

Expectations

Legatum Fellows are expected to be fully engaged participants in the Legatum Center community. Expectations include:

  • Completion of a for-credit management seminar that focuses specifically on the challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurs in the developing world
  • Completion of one additional MIT course related to entrepreneurial leadership development
  • At least one trip to the intended country of implementation to either conduct primary market research, test a prototype, or pilot the business model
  • Participation in peer-to-peer training sessions
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn and adapt the venture as necessary
  • Participation in pitch events at the end of each semester
  • Regular check-in meetings with the Legatum Center staff
  • Participation in MIT’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through student-organized clubs and conferences
  • Commitment to being an entrepreneurial leader in a developing country post-graduation

The Applicant

We are looking for principled, innovative leaders who have a track record for driving change and can demonstrate a commitment to improving lives in the developing world.

The ideal candidate will bring a deep level of know-how to his or her venture (whether related to a technical field, geographic area and/or industry sector) and thus have a competitive edge to lead their venture to success.

Ultimately, we are looking for self-motivated visionaries who are also dedicated to experimenting, learning, and growing in order to maximize their entrepreneurial success and impact over the course of their career.

Venture Criteria

We evaluate ventures based on three key criteria:

Stage: Ideally, we are looking for ventures that are ready to be deployed on the ground. However, for students in their first year at MIT or enrolled in one-year programs, we also consider ventures at an earlier stage provided the applicant has identified a problem and developed a plan to test key hypotheses in preparation for launch. In other words, we want our Fellows to be beyond the “exploration phase,” theorizing about a problem or challenge they think exists. Fellows should understand their customers’ pain points and be confident in their ability to solve customer needs through their product or service. Considerable primary market research (PMR) and/or a pilot is highly desirable before applying. During the Fellowship, we will challenge students on their current business assumptions, requiring them test and adapt their business models, products, and team, so that they are ready to implement their ventures full-time upon graduation.

Impact: We are looking for emerging market ventures that improve lives. This will be achieved through the business’s innovative technology or service as well as through increased economic prosperity, local job creation, and improved ecosystem conditions. We have a preference for for-profit business models but are open to all venture concepts that have the potential for considerable scale, sustainability, and impact.

Innovation: We are looking for venture concepts that build competitive advantage through an innovative product, process, or business model. Innovation-driven entrepreneurs face great risk, but when they succeed, the payoff for both the entrepreneurs and the regions they serve are even greater as their scaling operations lead to exponential growth in revenue, jobs, and impact.

Financial Assistance

Student Fellows are will be eligible to receive up to $25,000 in tuition/stipend support, as well as access to additional travel and prototyping funds. If a student is not in his/her graduating year when they receive the fellowship, continue his/her education at MIT and demonstrate ongoing commitment to entrepreneurial leadership in the developing world, there is also have the opportunity to apply for follow-on funding.

Several factors determine the amount awarded to each new Fellow, including individual need, progress in your degree program, the total number of Fellows accepted, and the pool of available funding for that academic year.

As funding is limited, we encourage applicants to explore external sources of funding as well. For more information on financial aid at MIT, please visit the Student Financial Services website.

The Legatum Fellowship financial award can only be applied towards MIT educational expenses, such as tuition, stipend, and/or medical insurance. Funds from the Legatum Center may supplement, but not duplicate, financial awards from other MIT departments or from other foundations, institutions, or organizations. The combined financial award from all sources may not exceed the maximum limitation as prescribed by MIT’s cost-of-attendance budget.

Evaluation Process

Applicants must complete all required fields in the online application form. (See sample application above.)

  • The online application form will also require you to submit the following:
    • References: Please provide the names and contact information for 3-4 professional references. They should be able to speak to your potential as a principled entrepreneurial leader and/or your commitment to impacting change in the developing world. Legatum staff will only contact references if you are invited for an interview.
    • Resume/CV: We ask that you provide the most up-to-date version of your resume or CV (1 page max).
  • Applications will be reviewed by Legatum staff, as well as a committee of MIT faculty and industry experts. Evaluations will be based on the eligibility, applicant, and venture qualifications described above.
  • Applicants who make it to the final round will be called for an interview.
  • Interviews are by invitation only. Whenever possible, Fellowship finalists are interviewed in person. For those finalists based outside of the United States or unable to visit campus, interviews will be conducted by phone or Zoom.

If you have any questions regarding the Fellowship, please email legatum-fellowship@mit.edu

MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program: Call for Expressions of Interest

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MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, an initiative of the MIT Sloan School of Management, provides opportunities for communities around the world to engage with MIT in an evidence-based, practical approach to strengthening innovation-driven entrepreneurial (IDE) ecosystems. Since 2012, MIT REAP has helped 60+ regions worldwide strategize and execute initiatives that contribute to their economic growth, job creation, and social progress. We are continually looking for ways to engage innovation ecosystem leaders from university, government, risk capital, corporate and the entrepreneurial community. Application for Cohort 9 (2022-2023) are due February 28, 2022 and for Cohort 10 (2023-2024) July 30, 2022. Here is a link to our online application. If you’re interested in attending one of our regional events, please complete this form.

Case Focus – Case Submission for Issue 4 is Now Open!

Case Focus offers a journal publication outlet for high-quality, peer reviewed teaching cases, with a focus on management and business situations in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. Call for cases are welcomed on all areas of business, management and government that are set in the MEA region. Cases must have been written for teaching purposes and be accompanied by a teaching note.

Cases can be based on published sources or field research. Fictional cases, or those from generalized experience, are not accepted.Authors Cases and their accompanying teaching notes must be copyrighted to an organization located in the MEA region. Authors must be a business or management teacher. Cases can be written by a team of two or more authors. Students and research assistants can be part of a writing team, but it must be led by a faculty member. The submission deadline is 9 September 2022.

Call for Cases

Cases

Cases are welcomed on all areas of business, management and government that are set in the MEA region. Cases must have been written for teaching purposes and be accompanied by a teaching note.

Cases can be based on published sources or field research. Fictional cases, or those from generalized experience, are not accepted.

Authors

Cases and their accompanying teaching notes must be copyrighted to an organisation located in the MEA region.

Authors must be a business or management teacher. Cases can be written by a team of two or more authors. Students and research assistants can be part of a writing team, but it must be led by a faculty member.

Submit to Case Focus

We are currently accepting submissions for Issue 4. The submission deadline is 9 September 2022.

Once you have checked that your case and teaching note meet our submission requirements it’s quick and easy to submit via our online form.

Benefits of submitting

Peer-review: all cases that meet the submission requirements will be double-blind reviewed. Feedback from the reviewers will be provided to authors to improve the quality of their cases and teaching notes.

Worldwide distribution: cases accepted to the journal for publication will be distributed and promoted to a global audience.

Retain your copyright: unlike other journals Case Focus does not require the authors or authoring organisation to sign over the copyright of cases that are published.

Earn a royalty: cases accepted to the journal for publication will be eligible for a royalty payment on any sales. The authoring school must be a member of The Case Centre to be eligible to receive royalties. 

American University in Cairo School Of Business International Case Competition (ICC) Fourth Edition 2022

For the fourth year in a row, The AUC School of Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), El-Khazindar Business Research and Case Center (KCC), and Business Association (BA), a student-led organization, are organizing the online 24-hour international case competition (ICC).

The ICC brings together teams of students from all over the world to compete in solving a challenging business case. ICC was the first competition of its kind organized in Egypt and the Middle East and focusing on business challenges facing high-growth entrepreneurial ventures back in 2019.

ICC provides students with a unique learning experience to understand the business and entrepreneurship landscape in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East, including complex issues around consumer behavior, economic trends, regulatory and policy reforms, technology adoption and the supporting ecosystem. The case-solving competition aims to blend a cross-cultural understanding of working with Egyptian students and entrepreneurs with a good grasp of Egyptian culture in a well-designed process.

Every year ICC focuses on a startup in a specific sector in the Middle East. We recognize the value of such competitions to promote cultural fluency between students and introduce them to the multifaceted challenges that startups face, especially in developing countries. Startup Case Competitions are a great practical learning tool that engage students in the real world of entrepreneurship.

The competition aims at empowering international innovative students and university networks to raise their awareness of steps taken in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and engage in developing solutions to enhance the business operations of emerging startups facing the current challenges provided by the outbreak and post of COVID – 19.

Application Deadline: Feb 26, 2022 (Cairo Time)

Background

In April 2019, 6 International and 3 national universities participated in the competition, with a total of 34 students, 8 mentors and 14 Judges to help find solutions to challenges facing SWVL; a revolutionary idea that was born from passion, loyalty, and persistence to face all challenges on the table, Swvl is not just a means to facilitate commuting, but a hunger to strive for solutions, encourage the contribution of youth in innovation and inspire change. SWVL is an Egyptian Startup, the first Middle East $USD 1.5 billion ‘unicorn’ to list on Nasdaq US and the largest African unicorn debut on any U.S.-listed exchange

However, providing the outbreak of COVID – 19, and in April 2020, the case competition was held online with 11 AUC student teams competing via Zoom on identifying challenges confronting a full-service digital agency, Robusta Studio; is a tech agency working with a diverse client base across different sectors and industries on implementing digital transformation programs.

ICC’s third run in March 2021 had a flavor from each of the last two case competitions; it was held virtually and targeted international students who wish to learn and find solutions to challenges facing rising startups in Egypt especially beyond the pandemic. ICC 21 had a total of 55 team submissions, comprising a number of 202 participants from 20 nationalities. The case of Schaduf was selected and developed in an academic framework to crack their approach and best practices to deal with the current challenges. Schaduf; one of the pioneers of sustainability in the Middle East since 2011. Schaduf believes in social responsibility towards emerging issues such as food security, food sovereignty, and the expansion of urban spaces at the expense of green spaces. They create more sustainable and eco-friendly urban cities. They specialize in diverse sections of services to make sure that they deliver the goal of sustainable urban cities, such as landscape design, urban farming, green walls, green roofs.

Despite the different structures of the 2019, 2020, and 2021 case competitions, all proved to be highly impactful and memorable to the students and the startups, mentors, judges, and the entire team. And same as ICC 21, ICC 22 will be virtual, aiming to include more international teams.

Objectives

  • Help students from different majors organize their thinking around an integrative planning framework while sprinting out innovative and constructive solutions.
  • Provide incentives for students to apply their best learning practices to a real business case in the entrepreneurial ecosystem, especially after the pandemic.
  • Help rising entrepreneurial ventures solve their challenges unconventionally; while supporting their journeys.
  • Promote cultural exchange between the different teams and help to improve communication skills between the students.
  • Assist students with building an effective network with employers, moving their school–based knowledge to the labor market.

Concept

The competition aims at empowering innovative students and university networks through engaging them in developing solutions to enhance the business operations of emerging startups facing the current challenges mainly provided by the outbreak of COVID – 19. A scale-up case is selected and developed in an academic framework to crack their approach and best practices to deal with the current challenges.

Social Media Exposure

An intensive social media campaign will be run, using Business Association, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and El-Khazindar Business Research and Case Center, as well as, School of Business official media channels, which cultivate following of over 30,000 national and international students, faculty and staff, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Egypt and globally.

Disclaimer

All ICC sessions will be recorded for fair use purposes. CEI may use your photos, videos, or quotes for promotional purposes, and these may be circulated in the CEI printings, website, and social media accounts. This right may be used by the CEI partners and sponsors, including but not limited to, KCC, BA, and the AUC School of Business. Judges will have access to these recordings for evaluation purposes. We rely heavily on these recordings to promote further ICC versions among the interested individuals, and your mandatory acceptance to release them will be highly appreciated.

By participating in ICC, you acknowledge and agree that CEI and its partners and sponsors have the irreversible unconditional right to use these recordings under the fair use rules.

Generally speaking, this right is NOT negotiable. However, if you have concerns about the use of the mentioned recordings, please contact cei@aucegypt.edu before applying to the competition. Such cases will be resolved on a case-by-case basis.

Competition Timeline

Application Open

Feb 2, 2022, at 12:00 Mid-night (Cairo Local Time)

Application Closed

Feb 26, 2022, at 12 Mid-night (Cairo Local Time)

Acceptance Email

Feb 28, 2022: Check your email regularly on this day

Opening Ceremony

March 2, 2022: Orientation session and students on-boarded

Case Crack

March 4, 2022: Case is announced, competition started, and teams are working for 24 hours

Competition Day

March 5, 2022: Students present presentations

Second Round

5-top-winner presentations and winner is announced.

WAIFC Young Academic Award 2022: World Alliance of International Financial Centers

We invite young academics to submit papers or essays on the future of a sustainable and inclusive financial sector.

The global financial sector continues to undergo rapid evolution with new technologies enabling the digitization of money, innovative trends involving artificial intelligence and DLT, and a greater focus on financing SMEs and financial inclusion.  We see a long-term transition toward a sustainable financial industry, while in the short-term there is a need to support the economic recovery from the pandemic.

We invite young academics to submit papers or essays addressing one of the following topics:

  • The future of finance, or what will financial centers look like in 2030
  • How the financial sector can contribute to a sustainable economic recovery from the current pandemic
  • Innovations in sustainable finance and their impact on the financial industry
  • How financial centers can promote inclusive finance
  • New ways of successfully financing small and medium-sized enterprises

We will also consider papers on topics not mentioned above, but relevant to the work of international financial centers.

The top three finalists will have the unique opportunity to present their research at WAIFC’s Annual General Meeting to be held in Casablanca, Morocco in October 2022.  Our Chair will announce the winner of the best paper and award a prize of €3,000.  The runners-up will be awarded prizes of €2,000 (2nd place) and €1,000 (3rd place).

Who can enter?

We invite young academics from around the world to make a submission. WAIFC is a global organization, and we aim to make this a global competition. The Award is open to all countries, including non-WAIFC member countries.  As our focus is on finance, we particularly encourage submissions from Ph.D. students in finance, economics, mathematics, computer science, or other similar fields to participate. We are, however, seeking new ideas, so a background in any field of study is welcome as long as your paper or essay relates to finance and meets our submission criteria. Submissions are welcome from those in universities, research institutes, think tanks, and other similar institutions.

Multiple authors can contribute to a paper or essay, but as we are seeking ideas from bright young minds, at least one author must be under the age of 35 as of 15 June 2022.

How will the winners be selected?

We will assess the papers against the following criteria: (1) novelty, (2) topicality, (3) innovative thinking, (4) scientific merit, (5) relevance for financial centers, and (6) practical applicability.

How to apply?

Applications to submit your paper or essay may be made no later than 15 May 2022 via our submission form.  Your final paper or essay must be submitted no later than 15 June 2022.

Full details on who can enter, how to enter, assessment criteria, etc. are detailed within our Award Handbook.  If you have any further questions, please email award@waifc.finance.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and hopefully meeting you in Casablanca later this year.

About the WAIFC

The World Alliance of International Financial Centers (WAIFC) is a non-profit association registered in Belgium, representing 21 leading international financial centers across four continents.  WAIFC members are governments agencies, associations, and similar institutions developing and promoting their financial centers.  WAIFC facilitates cooperation between its members, exchanging best practices and communication with the general public.

Apply Now for the Second Edition of “This is How I Moved my #BusinessFoward” Campaign

Business Forward, the knowledge portal of AUC School of Business, is starting off 2022 running a very exciting digital campaign that calls for the participation of the business community. In recent years, and even more accelerated by COVID-19, there is a movement emphasizing that the purpose and role of business in society is to create values, sustainable development, diversity, and stakeholder interests.

However, in Egypt and this part of the world, literature about responsible business or corporate responsibility and documentation of its practice is very limited. It is often mistakenly associated with charity, philanthropy and public relations.

In this edition of “This is how I moved my #BusinessForward”, in partnership with The Coca Cola Company and the Commercial International Bank (CIB), the objective is to build the narrative and awareness about corporate responsibility, highlighting positive examples that demonstrate responsible business conduct embedded in the vision and day-to-day operations of the business, rather than a one-off act. Join now to showcase how your institution, business or company helped promote corporate responsibility over the past year.

The call for participation is open until February 15, 2022. The campaign ends with the audience voting on the most inspiring stories and an awards ceremony in March 2022.

Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in this video.

28th CEEMAN & Emerald Case Writing Competition- Open for Submissions

Overview

Read all about the 2021 winners and highly commended cases HERE!

The aim of the CEEMAN & Emerald Case Writing Competition is to encourage and promote the development of high-quality teaching case material relevant for the realities of dynamic and emerging economies, and at the same time to promote the development of case-writing capabilities in those countries. Since its launch in the 1990s, the Case Writing Competition has amassed over 650 cases from 80 countries, and it is with pleasure that we observe what an impact they have had on management education that strives to be relevant to its environments and stakeholders.

In the spirit of a fully inclusive competition, global submissions are encouraged. As the co-organizers, Emerald Group Publishing will support global exposure of the submitted high-quality cases through a direct link with Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies  (EMCS), a growing collection of around 700 case studies with teaching notes. All case submissions will be considered for international publication in EMCS.

The total CEEMAN/Emerald award prize pool is worth over €10,000, including €4,000 prize money. Prizes are awarded to the overall winner and two runners-up.

We are pleased to offer feedback to authors of cases submitted to this competition early. If you submit your case before 28 February 2022, you will receive some feedback from the judges of the competition, and be able to revise and resubmit your case before 17 April for final judging. Please note the early feedback will be brief, general comments on the focus of your case/teaching notes that will help you improve for the competition and is not full double blind peer review. You will receive in depth feedback once your case is submitted for peer review in EMCS.

Webinar on writing teaching cases: Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 4:00-5:00 PM CET – Watch the recording!

Second webinar on case writing: March 2022

Early case submission deadline: 28 February 2022

Case submission deadline: 17 April 2022 

Announcement of winners: June 2022

Award ceremony: winners will be announced during the CEEMAN Annual Meeting at the CEEMAN Annual Conference, taking place on 21-23 September 2022 in Bled, Slovenia.

Prizes

The value of the total prize pool is over €10,000, which will be distributed as follows:

The overall winner will be awarded:

The first runner-up will be awarded:

The second runner-up will be awarded:

Depending on the quality and number of submissions, additional awards may be bestowed in different categories. If a winning case has more than one author, the prize will be split among the co-authors (the prize may be subject to local taxes). Full evaluations from the competition’s judging panel will be made available to authors upon request.

International Startup Championship 2022- Woxsen University, India

Event Overview

A start-up pitch competition geared towards university/college students. To participate in the competition, the student must be currently enrolled either at Woxsen or Woxsen’s International partner universities.

India has the 3rd largest startup ecosystem in the world. It’s raining unicorns in India amid an unprecedented funding spree for Indian startups across sectors. 44 Indian startups have already made it to the unicorn club in 2021.

Do you have an idea that you think could change the world? Are you dreaming about earning millions or even billions of dollars by launching a business around this idea?

At Woxsen University, we firmly believe in bringing up a breed of next gen entrepreneurs and with this initiative, we would like to invite young minds from across the globe to present their business ideas.

The winners stand a chance to get their ideas incubated at Trade Tower- Woxsen’s Incubation Centre.

Points to Note

  • Each university is to nominate a team of interested students with their proposals by 30th January, 2022. No changes shall be made to the proposals post this deadline.
  • Day 1-2nd Feb’ 22 (Wednesday): The students are to login to the virtual zoom link that will be shared with the participants. The teams shall have to present their pitch-deck consisting of but not limited to:
    1. Vision and Value Proposition
    2. The concern
    3. Target market and opportunity
    4. Revenue or business model
    5. Traction and validation/roadmap
    6. Marketing and sales strategy
    7. Financials: sales forecast, income statement (also called profit and loss statement), and cash flow forecast for at least three years
    8. Investment and use of funds
  • Each individual/team would be allotted only 5-10 minutes to present their subsequent idea to the panel and 5 minutes would be allotted to the judges for question and answers session. In case of unforeseen circumstances or lack of time, the remaining teams would be allowed to present the following day.
  • Day 2:4rd Feb’22 (Thursday): The Teams would be required to login to the virtual platform for the closing ceremony. The panel of Judges would announce the winning teams to proceed for incubation of their ideas. Additionally, the winning team also stand a chance to receive one on one mentorship from the esteemed panel of judges.

Date

2nd-3rd February, 2022

Location

The event will be organized virtually on Zoom.

Registration & Fees

INR 5000 per Team (or a Single Person)

Please ensure to complete both steps to confirm your participation.

Industry Focus

The ideas could be geared towards improving lives and transforming industries; such as, but not limited to, healthcare, artificial intelligence, robotics, transportation, financial technologies, IoT, augmented reality and agriculture, among others.

Criteria for Selection

Team

In the early stages, investors invest in people. Because of that, judges pay particular attention to the “Founding Team.” They are looking for a team that is multidisciplinary and complementary, with the capacity to implement – a team that is capable of achieving what it sets out to do and that what it sets out to do is ambitious enough.

Market Validation

Judges want to see what level of knowledge you have of the market in which you are competing. What is your capacity to recognize and describe the problem you are solving. You must know and communicate well who your competition is and how you compare with them.

Product

It is important to define your product so that the jury can understand how, in an innovative way, it addresses the market problem being solved. Having a functional market value proposition (MVP) is crucial.

Business Model

Be clear about how you will make money. The jury will want to know: Did you test your market? Do you know the cost of acquiring a customer and their Life Time Value? If you’ve already performed the initial market tests your chances of making it to the end of the competition will greatly increase. And last but not least, the business model should be scalable – it must be global in scope, or at least regional.

Soft Skills

The entrepreneurial team should be assertive and clear when speaking about their startup. The panel will be asking among themselves if the entrepreneurs are capable of “selling” the vision of the company. Besides, the entrepreneurs must be able to position themselves as leaders.

Certificate of Participation

A Certificate of Participation shall be given to all participants.

Top 3 Winners stand a chance to get their Startup ideas incubated by Trade Tower-Woxsen’s Incubation Centre

International Startup Championship 2022

Competition Overview

Woxsen University is pleased to invite all partner universities to nominate their students to participate in International Startup Championship 2022 which will be held on the 2nd and 3rd February 2022.

India has the 3rd largest startup ecosystem in the world. It’s raining unicorns in India amid an unprecedented funding spree for Indian startups across sectors. 44 Indian startups have already made it to the unicorn club in 2021.

Do you have an idea that you think could change the world? Are you dreaming about earning millions or even billions of dollars by launching a business around this idea?

At Woxsen University, we firmly believe in bringing up a breed of next gen entrepreneurs and with this initiative, we would like to invite young minds from across the globe to present their business ideas. The winners stand a chance to get their ideas incubated at Trade Tower- Woxsen’s Incubation Centre.

Registration

Registration Fee- INR 5000 per Team (Or a Single Person)

Please ensure to complete both the steps to confirm your participation.

Considering the prevailing circumstances, the championship will be held in online mode on Zoom.

Note: You may nominate any number of individuals/teams to represent your university.

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