Open Track

Open Track Overview

For the first time ever, we’re unlocking Global Startup Battle! is proud to sponsor the Open Track: a brand new way for startups from all around the world to compete in GSB, no matter where they’re from or how they started!  

Who’s the Open Track for? This Track is made specially for startups from outside GSB Startup Weekend events. These teams will compete against each other, outside of the other GSB teams and Tracks. Click here to Enter your Pitch Video!

If you’re a startup team actively working and match the requirements below, this is for you – doesn’t matter if you came from a Startup Weekend last year or started on your own somewhere else. Just submit your pitch video for a chance to win prizes and resources to keep building!

Along with our sponsor,, we’re so excited to welcome startups from all over into GSB with the Open Track! Tell your friends and teammates, this is your chance for global recognition!

About has incorporated more than 750,000 small businesses. We can trace our roots back more than a century. We were the first company to provide Internet-based incorporation services and we continue to invest in the best technology to help our customers. While providing a range of services that are appropriate to every stage of the small business life cycle, we are committed to creating a solid foundation for the businesses we serve.

Helping small business owners is our passion. We believe in the power of private enterprise. And we’re proud to support the entrepreneurs from around the world in Global Startup Battle!

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Equal to or less than 250k raised (seed, friends & family, bootstrapped)
  • Equal to or less than 6 full-time employees
  • Must be actively working
  • Must be further than idea stage (some level of traction needed and/or functional prototype)

Click here to Enter your Pitch Video!

Important Dates: 

  • Nov 13 – Submissions open
  • Nov 24 – Submissions close (11:59pm PST)
  • Nov 27 – Voting begins
  • Dec 4 – Voting ends
  • Dec 4-9 – Judging
  • Dec 9-10 – Scoring/Admin
  • Dec 11 – Winner Announcement

Judging Criteria

Experience (how does the product look & feel):

  • Is your product easy and intuitive for the user to navigate?
  • Is your product engaging?
  • How does your product feel?

Execution (what was built):

  • How effective is your a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (be it software, hardware, etc.)? 
  • Were you able to incorporate customer feedback into the solution?
  • How much is built?

Validation (is this business feasible, do you have customers):

  • What is your key value proposition?
  • Who will be your users, who will be your customers (are they different)?
  • How many users have you engaged with?
  • How did you validate your problem & solution with customers, and what did you learn from them?
  • How do you plan on making this a successful business? (have you thought about competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, revenue model etc.)

Open Track Prizes

Custom Swag!

Every startup needs their own branded gear like shirts, stickers, and more! When you’re ready to launch and tell the world, let us take care of the swag for you! 

Business Formation Filing will provide a complimentary business formation filing excluding any state or local jurisdiction fees, more info here!

Compliance Management

Manage your compliance on us! will provide a free year of registered agent service including access to Compliance Watch, including free unlimited document storage.

Waived Provisional Patent Filing Fees will waive provision patent filing fees excluding any federal jurisdiction fees!

Track Judges

John Meyer


John Meyer is Head of Strategic Partnerships/Marketing at He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and connecting them to resources that help them thrive. In 2014, John was named a Top 100 Champion in Small Business Influencer Awards. He is also a political strategist and art collector in his free time.

Matt Terrell


Matt Terrell builds affiliate partnerships for He is opportunity obsessed and is also creator of Founders Films, founder of Vision Creations, and teaches entrepreneurship at University of Delaware.

Rieva Lesonsky

from GrowBiz Media

Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a custom content and media company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship, and the blog She’s a nationally- known speaker, best-selling author, and authority on entrepreneurship, and for more than 30 years, she was the long-time Editorial Director of Entrepreneur magazine. Lesonsky regularly writes about small business for numerous websites and is a contributing editor at Success Magazine. Lesonsky has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The Martha Stewart show and Oprah, and can regularly be seen on MSNBC’s Your Business.

Brian Moran

from Brian Moran & Associates

As the Founder & CEO of Brian Moran & Associates, Brian is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs to run better businesses. Brian is leveraging his 20+ years of experience in publishing magazines for business owners (The Wall Street Journal, Inc. magazine, Entrepreneur magazine) to assist entrepreneurs with everything from social media to accessing growth capital to expanding into the global marketplace.

In August, 2012, Brian was given the prestigious Lou Campanelli award at SCORE’s national conference in recognition for his years of service in the small business market. In 2012 and 2013 Brian was named one of the top 100 SMB Influencers in the country by Small Business Trends & Small Biz Technology. In 2015, Brian received the U.S. Small Business Excellence Award from Irish Echo newspaper.

Brian is a graduate of Marquette University’s School of Journalism.

John “Jack” Bienko

from US Small Business Administration HQ

John “Jack” Bienko is the Director for Entrepreneurship Education at the U.S. Small Business Administration Headquarters (SBA). SBA facilities billions of dollars in financing and contracts each year while overseeing a broad entrepreneurial support system and assisting communities recover from disasters. Mr. Bienko’s team develops national educational opportunities for entrepreneurs through direct programming, contracts, grants and innovative partnerships. These services include SCORE’s network of 11,000 business mentors, digital solutions like the award-winning SBA Learning Center, the acclaimed SBA Emerging Leaders executive series, the Agency’s wide reaching Encore Entrepreneurship campaign and cutting-edge public/private partnerships with global brands. He has contributed to White House special initiatives for three Presidential administrations and previously served as SBA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Strategic Alliances where he developed many of the agency’s highest profile partnerships including the Agency’s 50th Anniversary. Mr. Bienko has been recognized for his determined advocacy of economic opportunity from neighborhood block clubs to foreign embassies. He is active in civic and community organizations, including those that promote startups, public service, and charitable interests. Mr. Bienko entered Federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow after receiving an MS in Architecture & Planning from the University of Buffalo.

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