EWC Open to All Entrepreneurs in Iraq

Applications for the Iraq competition will be accepted until June 12.
5 Jun 2022

June 5, 2022 - The Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) is open for 2022 and is accepting applications until June 12. The program offers a chance to pitch on a global stage for a share of US$1 million in prizes plus additional investment opportunities and in-kind support.

The Station Foundation for Entrepreneurship is the official lead organizer for Iraq in partnership with Ashur International Bank and SAFR Travel Agency. Entrepreneurs from 200 countries are expected to participate globally.

"This initiative not only helps to build the capacity of Iraqi start-ups, but it also connects them to a global ecosystem, which will only increase the opportunities for Iraqi innovators. We promised to put Iraq on the entrepreneurial map when The Station won the GEN Compass Award earlier this year." 

- Ashley Barlow, Executive Director of The Station

But EWC is more than just a global pitch competition with a shot at life-changing prizes. It elevates entrepreneurs from all stages—idea-stage, early-stage, growth-stage or beyond— by providing them with tools and resources to grow their venture.

All applicants will receive access to EWC Accelerates, a virtual training program that helps entrepreneurs hone their skills and increase their chances of winning their national competitions and advancing to the Global Finals.

The EWC online platform also offers all contestants who start an application access to $1,000 worth of perks. All founders who complete an application will receive access to more than $25,000 worth of perks. The top EWC100 will receive $100,000 in in-kind services from partners such as AWS, Freshworks, Google Cloud, Hubspot, Stripe, Zoom and more.

Since launching in 2019, the Entrepreneurship World Cup has attracted 400,000 registrations from 200 countries and connected founders with over US$3M in cash prizes and another US$256M worth of perks and free support and services.

The National Finals competition for Iraq will be held in September. In October, all global finalists will be invited to participate in an intensive, virtual startup bootcamp and the top EWC100 will advance to pitch live at the EWC Global Finals held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in November 2022.

The Entrepreneurship World Cup is hosted globally by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and Monsha’at.

For more information, please contact:

The Station Foundation for Entrepreneurship info@the-station.iq

Sarah Dhafir

Programs Officer | The Station