Startup World Cup partners with CIX annually to host its Canadian regional competition.

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 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 the CIX Digital Summit. Lumen5 is invited to represent Canada at the Startup World Cup Grand Finale in San Francisco on September 30 2022.

Past Canadian Regional winners include Beanworks in 2020, Sheertex in 2019, inkbox in 2018 and Automat in 2017.

This year Startup World Cup judges will attend CIX November 1-2 in Toronto and will select a Canadian finalists from the 2022 CIX Top 20 Early companies. The winner will be invited to the Grand Finale in San Francisco in 2023.

Startup World Cup Grand Finale will feature keynotes, panels, and a pitch competition among the top regional champions from all around the world. All 2020 and 2021 regional finalists, including Lumen5, are invited to participate at the Grand Finale in September 2022. Past speakers include 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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