SolarAtTek is one of 10 young Irish start-ups who have the honour of battling it out for the chance to represent their country at the Startup World Cup.

The Startup World Cup is a global initiative developed by Fenox Venture Capital that offers start-ups the opportunity to win $1m funding at the world competition stage.

The regional final, which takes place on 14 November at NDRC, will demand a live pitch by each finalist before an expert judging panel that includes: Joe Healy, Enterprise Ireland; Barry O’Brien, Silicon Valley Bank; Charlie Ardagh, Facebook; David Bowles, Delta Partners and Thomas Olszewski, Frontline Ventures.

The regional qualifier event will also feature a lively panel discussion on the funding challenges Irish companies face when scaling internationally.

Taking on the world

The Startup World Cup conference and final competition will take place in May 2018 in San Francisco, California, and will see the top start-ups, VCs, entrepreneurs and tech CEOs from regional rounds across the globe compete against each other.

Previous judging panel members included Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit.

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