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Global Startup Challenge 2017: FinTech

Global Startup Challenge 2017 is an initiative to empower innovations & startups across the globe through the platform EDGE 196. The challenge runs across 26 global clusters (196 countries) where our objective is to identify start-ups that have the potential to become the next unicorn in the world.

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    Other Partners

  • Acme Consultancy Oy
  • Spherik Accelerator
  • Super Charger Accelerator
  • Jade Value
  • MKB FinTech Lab
  • Inno Hub Luxembourg
  • Startup Bootcamp FinTech
  • Turn8 Accelerator
  • China Accelerator
  • Starters Hub
  • Nestholma
  • Building Global Innovators
  • Shinhan Future's Lab
  • IBM Global Entrepreneurs Program
  • Youth Social Innovation
  • M3mal
  • Bitcoin Korea
  • BlockChain Labs Asia
  • Jump Brasil
  • PortoDigital
  • Launch Academy
  • TVL Generator
  • Startup Chile
  • BSSC
  • Digital Currency summit
  • We Innovation Hub
  • Syndreams
  • Inbound FinTech
  • Hdock42
  • Wfund
  • Adastra
  • FinTech Toronto
  • Geeks in Cambodia
  • World Startup Factory
  • Slovakia Hub
  • Collaborative Intelligence
  • Jest Hub
  • Ziferblat
  • Alpha Labs
  • Startup Embassy
  • Kingston Economic Development Corporation
  • LatAm
  • Inno 101
  • iSPACE
  • Rent 24
  • Incuspaze
  • Lead Space
  • Cluj Coworking
  • Kowrk
  • Factoria
  • Bloom Space
  • Cribb coworking
  • Pun Space
  • Office Camp
  • Passion Incubator
  • AUC Venture Lab
  • 5Desire
  • Sektor 5
  • SU Incubator
  • CiBA
  • Pay Pal
  • Cross Spring Labs
  • Your Story
  • BW Business world
  • ICT Spring Europe
  • Berlin Valley
  • Venture Daily
  • Banking Technology
  • European Startup Network
  • Payments & Cards network
  • Z Nation Labs
  • TiE Chennai
  • Youth Business Cameroon
  • Czech FinTech Association
  • Raizers
  • INHA University
  • Impact Hub Phnom Penh
  • Startup Manufactory
  • Blockchain Algeria
  • TiE Hyderabad
  • Lead Angels
  • Mobile Senegal Hub
  • Mobile 4 Senegal
  • Tech Toronto
  • T-Hub
  • Tec Labs Centro De Innovacao
  • Nasscom 10K Startups
  • Wadhwani Foundation
  • TiE Ahmedabad
  • iHUB network
  • Canada Startup Jobs
  • UK Startup Jobs
  • Ireland Startup Jobs
  • Germany Startup Jobs
  • Match Move
  • Hub Spot for Startups
  • Ionixx Technology
  • DLT Labs

Some of our panel of evaluators

  • Mircea Vadan

    Mircea Vadan

    Co-founder, Cluj Startups

  • Carole Adeline

    Carole Adeline

    Innovation Manager, InnoHub

  • Falk Fernbach

    Falk Fernbach

    Chief Operating Officer, Exxus

  • Mohamed Rady

    Mohamed Rady

    Managing Director, Inno101

  • Tal Catran

    Tal Catran

    Accelerators Guru

  • Petr Šrámek

    Petr Šrámek

    Founder, AI Startup Incubator

  • Moses Acquah

    Moses Acquah

    Founder, AFROLYNK & Acme Consultancy Oy

  • Olufunbi Falayi

    Olufunbi Falayi

    Co-Founder, Passion Incubator

  • David Freeman

    David Freeman

    Co-Founder, DLT Labs

  • Miriyam Lazarte

    Miriyam Lazarte

    CEO, LatAm Startups

  • Frank Schwab

    Frank Schwab

    CEO, GIZS GmbH/Co-Founder, FinTech Forum

  • Nassim Belouar

    Nassim Belouar

    Consultant, Blockchain Algeria

  • Alex Puig

    Alex Puig

    Founder, Alastria & Digital Currency Summit

  • Steve Robert Poulidis

    Steve Robert Poulidis

    Fintech Expert

  • Walli Ullah

    Walli Ullah

    Founding Partner, EMU Films

  • Bernardo Bilotta

    Bernardo Bilotta

    Project Management & Fintech Expert

  • Hoong Chun Wong

    Hoong Chun Wong

    Technology Consulting Analyst, Accenture

  • Damilola Thompson

    Damilola Thompson

    Corporate Counsel, EchoVC Partners

  • Atul Narang

    Atul Narang

    Founder & CIO, HashChing

  • Werner Hochleitner

    Werner Hochleitner


  • Taiwo Ajetunmobi

    Taiwo Ajetunmobi

    Vice President Business Development, Venture Garden Group

  • Ramkumar R

    Ramkumar R

    Founder and Managing Director, Pears Capital FZE

  • Jürg Steiger

    Jürg Steiger

    FinTech expert, Investor, Coach

  • Fola Olatunji-David

    Fola Olatunji-David

    Program Manager, Ventures Platform

  • Dr. Chritelle Scharff

    Dr. Chritelle Scharff

    Chair of Computer Science Department, Pace University

  • Gabriel Cano

    Gabriel Cano

    Private Equity Analyst

  • Oluwole Odetayo

    Oluwole Odetayo

    Executive Director, Wennovation Hub

  • Biodun Lawal

    Biodun Lawal

    Incubation officer, Wennovation Hub

  • Thomas Budd

    Thomas Budd

    Blockchain Advisor + ICO acceleration + Venture Capital

  • Saad Ahmed Sharif

    Saad Ahmed Sharif

    CEO, Detente Technologies

  • Moussa Beidas

    Moussa Beidas

    CEO & Co-Founder, Bridg

  • Lex Sokolin

    Lex Sokolin

    Partner - Global Director - Fintech Strategy, Autonomous ...

  • Salzmann Eric

    Salzmann Eric

    Co-Founder, FinTech Rockers/ Application manager Digitals...

  • Charles Plessis

    Charles Plessis

    Director, B-Part Consulting

  • Daniel Paz

    Daniel Paz

    Startups Business Development, AWS & Founder, Paz.Ventures

  • Dusica Hannah

    Dusica Hannah

    Founder, Co-Founder, Tec-Hunch

    Experienced Strategist, Non-Executive Director, Mentor, Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry and diplomacy. With strong entrepreneurship professional skills in Strategy, Business Models perfecting, Pitch performance, Fund Raising, M&A, Sales, Portfolio Management, Banking, Restructuring, Corporate Finance, Structured Finance and Project Management, D...
  • Eric Wall

    Eric Wall

    Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Expert

    Cryptocurrency enthusiast and researcher since 2012. Blog:, Interested with all things related to cryptocurrencies and blockchain/DLT, i.e. different technologies, platforms, protocols, trading, markets, investments, exchanges, strategy, business
  • Hussein Hallak

    Hussein Hallak

    Genral Manager & Head Mentor, Launch Academy

    Serial Entrepreneur | Speaker | Startup Advisor | Angel Investor | GM @Launch_Academy | Vancouver`s Leading Startup Hub, General Manager and Head Mentor at Launch Academy, Western Canada`s leading tech startup hub with more than 500 startups incubated, $100+ million raised, and 1000+ entrepreneurs mentored and trained. Built 20+ startups. Mentored and trained 1000+ entrepreneurs. Featured in Fo...
  • Tracy Lagasse

    Tracy Lagasse

    Co-Founder, Fintech Growth Syndicate

    Tracy Lagasse is Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer of the Fintech Growth Syndicate. With over 20 years experience in corporate, consulting and startup businesses, she brings Innovation strategy and execution experience to their clients. Tracy has held senior roles within the global finance and technology industries in business development, product management, strategy and management. As the Inn...
  • Alexandre Bernardi

    Alexandre Bernardi

    Board Member & Head of Business Development, Raizers

    #Fintech #Fundraising #Crowdinvesting #realestate #Startup #Entrepreneurship #Europeaninvesting
  • Syed Husain

    Syed Husain

    Founder, CEO & Architect, Adarsa Pay

    As Principal Architect at Adarsa Services, Syed Husain is in a multi-faceted, agile and significantly dynamic role which is crucial in the process of planning and implementation of technology which enables digital transformations for his clients in financial services. He works closely with business leaders to develop business capability models and align them to IT architecture. He is a technolo...
  • Michael Fernandes

    Michael Fernandes

    Advisor, Mentor, Fund Raising expert

    FinTech Professional with 30+ years experience in a variety of regional and global technology management roles, possess strong multi-cultural stakeholder and people management skills. Have delivered complex business change program's, built divisions, and understand how different sized organisations and associated ecosystems operate.
  • Craig Borysowich

    Craig Borysowich

    Emerging Digital Platforms Strategist, Capco

    Craig has been a founder, investor, entrepreneur, author, consultant, pubic speaker and mentor to Canadian start-ups for over 30 years.
  • Fern Karsh

    Fern Karsh

    Compliance & Legal | Asset Management, Fintech & Cryptocu...

    Fern Karsh is a lawyer and consultant focused on frontier asset management, fintech and cryptocurrency. Fern has 10 years of legal experience and seven years in asset management and securities law. Fern started her career at a full-service Bay Street law firm prior to occupying General Counsel and Corporate Secretary roles in investment fund management, supporting hybrid business needs and mana...