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Startup World Cup partners with CIX annually to host its Canadian regional competition. The 2022 regional competition was held virtually October 27-28, 2021 as a part of the annual CIX event.

Startup World Cup is a global conference and competition with the goal of bridging startup ecosystems worldwide. It is organized by Pegasus Tech Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based multinational VC firm. More than 60+ regional events are held across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, leading up to the Grand Finale in Silicon Valley, where the global champion will be awarded a USD $1 million investment prize.

As part of the program each year, Startup World Cup Canada Regional judges attend CIX and select a winner from the CIX Top 20 Early recipient companies, who will represent Canada at the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in San Francisco in September 2022. Past Canadian Regional winners include Beanworks in 2020, Automat in 2017 and inkbox in 2018.

In 2021 the judges selected Lumen5, from the final CIX Top 20 Early companies, and Michael Cheng, Co-founder of Lumen5 accepted the award on Oct 28 at CIX Digital Summit and is invited to represent Canada at the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in San Francisco.

Startup World Cup Grand Finale will feature keynotes, panels, and a pitch competition among the top regional champions from all around the world. It will be held in May, 2021. The Startup World Cup Grand Finale has featured prominent figures from the entrepreneurship community, including Steve Wozniak (Co-Founder of Apple), Reid Hoffman (Founding CEO of LinkedIn), Marcelo Claure (COO of SoftBank Group), Tim Westergren (Founder & Former CEO of Pandora), Ray Lane (Former President & COO of Oracle), Marc Randolph (Co-Founder of Netflix), Adam Cheyer (Co-Founder of Siri), Vinod Khosla (Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems), John Chambers (Chairman Emeritus of Cisco), Window Snyder (Former CSSO of Intel), and more. Startup World Cup had veteran investors from Kleiner Perkins, Y Combinator, NEA, Techstars, Intel Capital, M12, 500 Startups, GE Ventures, DFJ, IBM Ventures, Social Capital, Index Ventures, and Plug and Play Ventures, as well as investors from all over the world, judging the global and regional finals.


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