EWC 2021

The Entrepreneurship and Product Innovation Center (EPIC) of the American University of Armenia (AUA) is proud to announce that Denovo Sciences, the Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) Armenia national winner, was selected as a Top 25 Global Finalist to participate in the EWC Global Finals later this year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

The EWC is one of the world’s largest and most diverse pitch competitions and support programs for the next generation of entrepreneurs. Since launching in 2019, EWC has supported more than 300,000 participants from 200 countries, awarded $2 million in cash prizes, and provided in-kind support and services valued at $150 million.

In the 2021 competition, EWC received 100,000 registrations from 200 countries. One thousand startups pitched at the National Finals organized and judged by local entrepreneurship organizations spread across six continents. The top 100 startups advanced to the virtual component of the Global Finals, and the top 25 will travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for the final stage of the competition.

Armenia’s National Winner, Denovo Sciences, is among the Top 25 EWC Global Finalists. It will compete with startups from 20 other countries, some of which have very mature ecosystems, such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Singapore, China, and India.

The Armenian National Finals was held on July 24, in Yerevan, and two Armenian startups, Denovo Sciences, and Zoomerang advanced to the global competition as national representatives. 

“It is the first time that Armenia is participating in this global competition. We were elated that two startups from Armenia advanced to the Top 100 Global Finalists. To then have one of the two, Denovo Sciences, our National Winner, to advance further in the competition to be among the Top 25 Global Finalists is beyond all expectations. It is a massive achievement for the whole Armenian entrepreneurship ecosystem which will receive substantial visibility and acclaim. Congratulations to all!” says Nejdeh Hovanessian, national coordinator of EWC Armenia and assistant director of EPIC.

To date, Denovo Sciences has already received $750,000 in-kind services and support, including from top service providers in the field,  like AWS, Segment, Brex, Hubspot, and others. It will compete in a live event with the other 24 finalists in the last stage of the competition.

In the EWC Global Finals in Riyadh, $500,000 will be awarded for placement in first place, $250,000 for second place, and $100,000 for third place. Cash prizes of $100,000 will also be awarded to the top-scoring startups in the idea stage and social enterprise categories.

Two Armenian startups selected from 100,000 registrations in 200 countries will compete for a share of$1 million prize money and additional investment

Two Armenia-based startups will compete in the Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) Global Finals, organizers announced today. They are among the 100 startups known collectively as the “Entrepreneurship World Cup 100 (EWC 100)” that advance to the next stage of the competition.

The Armenian startups joining the EWC 100 are: 

  • Denovo Sciences, a deep technology company that creates novel therapeutics using state-of-the-art AI technologies

  • Zoomerang, an  application for creating/editing state of art short-form videos

One hundred startups worldwide will compete in the Entrepreneurship World Cup virtual Global Quarter Finals with winners advancing to the Global Finals on November 17-18 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia..

The EWC is among the largest and most diverse pitch competitions globally, providing support programs to founders for future advancement. The EWC was launched back in 2019, having supported over 300,000 participants from 200 countries, provided $2 million awards in cash prizes alongside the support and services at the cost of $150 million.

As of 2021, 100,000 registrations have been received from 200 countries. At the National Finals, one thousand startups pitched in front of the jury composed of local entrepreneurship organizations across six continents plus the Middle East. The EWC Global 100 Finals include startups from Africa (11), Asia (26), Europe (22), Middle East (10), North America (13), Oceania (4), and South America (14).

The two national representative startups from Armenia – Denovo Sciences and Zoomerang have gone through the Accelerate 2 stage lasting two months. There were lectures provided once a week, the teams were connected to the special EWC chat group where discussions were held on a regular basis including the ones with the teams who have won in their respective country competitions. 

The EWC Armenia National Finals took place on July 24 at Synergy Business Center in Yerevan where the 12 startup teams pitched to win over $100,000 in prizes. 

The two teams that will represent Armenia in EWC Global Finals competition are Denovo Sciences as the National Champion ($20,000) and Zoomerang as the National RunnerUp ($20,000). They will represent Armenia in the Global Finals. Two other teams selected as Idea Stage and Early Stage winners were Robodel and MedPoint Technologies, respectively (each winning $10,000). The EWC 2021 Global Finals will take place in November in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

EPIC as the National Organizer, together with the National Leadership Committee, and the help and support of the 40 sponsors, co-organizers, university, and ecosystem partners was able to effectively organize the EWC competition in Armenia with over 100 startup applications and hundreds of entrepreneurs. Hundreds of spectators watched  EWC Armenia 2021 live at Synergy Business Center and online.