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Global Startup Challenge 2017: FinTech

Iis an initiative to empower innovations & startups across the globe. The challenge runs across 26 global clusters (196 countries) where our objective is to identify startups that have the potential to become the next unicorn in the world. The short-listed startups (3 from each cluster) are invited for an online pitch & the 26 potential startups are selected & offered the term sheet and acceleration program run by one of our global partners. Calling the potential FinTech startups to take advantage of the global scale challenge.

  • Berlin
  • Toronto
  • London
  • Paris
  • Barcelona
  • Stockholm
  • Panama-City
  • Kiev
  • Budapest
  • Tallinn
  • Dubai
  • Sao-Paulo
  • Istanbul
  • Lagos
  • Johannesburg
  • Nairobi
  • Jakarta
  • Buenos-Aires
  • Hong-Kong
  • Singapore
  • Sydney
  • Geneva
  • Gandhinagar
  • Tokyo
  • Tel-Aviv
  • New-York


Facts & Figures About The Challenge

196 Countries
100+ Partners
26 Clusters Countries
1Million USD* Get An Investment

Why Attend


    The potential startups will be facilitated and introduced to the most fitting global markets.


    The winning startups from each cluster will get an investment of 50,000 USD +*.

    One potential startup across the globe will get an investment of 1 Million USD*.


    Selected startups will get an opportunity to enter into Acceleration program run by one of our global partners.


    The selected 26 startups will be invited to the Grand Finale (Event format will be announced shortly).


    The selected startup will have a chance to raise continuity investment through Global Investment Partners.

* Investment is equity based.


Some of our panel of evaluators

Mircea Vadan
Co-founder, Cluj Startups

Carole Adeline Innovation Manager, InnoHub

Falk Fernbach Chief Operating Officer, Exxus

Mohamed Rady Managing Director, Inno101

Tal Catran
Accelerators Guru

Petr Šrámek Founder, AI Startup Incubator

Moses Acquah
Founder, AFROLYNK & Acme Consultancy Oy

David Freeman
Co-Founder, DLT Labs

Miriyam Lazarte
CEO, LatAm Startups

Frank Schwab
CEO, GIZS GmbH/Co-Founder, FinTech Forum

Nassim Belouar
Consultant, Blockchain Algeria

Alex Puig
Founder, Alastria & Digital Currency Summit

Steve Robert Poulidis
Fintech Expert

Walli Ullah
Founding Partner, EMU Films

Bernardo Bilotta
Fintech Expert

Hoong Chun Wong
Technology Consulting Analyst, Accenture

Damilola Thompson
Corporate Counsel, EchoVC Partners

Atul Narang
Founder & CIO, HashChing

Werner Hochleitner
Founder, SicParvisMagna.net

Taiwo Ajetunmobi
Vice President Business Development, Venture Garden Group

Ramkumar R
Founder and Managing Director, Pears Capital FZE

Jürg Steiger
FinTech expert, Investor, Coach

Fola Olatunji-David
Program Manager, Ventures Platform

Dr. Chritelle Scharff
Chair of Computer Science Department, Pace University

Gabriel Cano
Private Equity Analyst

Oluwole Odetayo
Executive Director, Wennovation Hub

Biodun Lawal
Incubation officer, Wennovation Hub

Thomas Budd
Blockchain Advisor + ICO acceleration + Venture Capital

Saad Ahmed Sharif
CEO, Detente Technologies

Moussa Beidas
CEO & Co-Founder, Bridg

Lex Sokolin
Partner - Global Director - Fintech Strategy, Autonomous Research LLP

Salzmann Eric
Co-Founder, FinTech Rockers

Charles Plessis
Director, B-Part Consulting

Daniel Paz
Startups Business Development, AWS & Founder, Paz.Ventures

Dusica Hannah
Startups Business Development, AWS & Founder, Paz.Ventures

Eric Wall
Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Expert

Hussein Hallak
Genral Manager & Head Mentor, Launch Academy

Tracy Lagasse
Co-Founder, Fintech Growth Syndicate

Alexandre Bernardi
Board Member & Head of Business Development, Raizers