Global Entrepreneurship Week hosts Startup Open, a competition offering prizes to help startups succeed – apply by September 15 for recognition of your high-growth potential.

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

Get recognized as one of the 50 of the most promising ventures from around the world for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). The 2012 class of the “GEW 50” will be announced October 15, 2012 and then competes for a handful of prizes.

Winners will be announced on November 12, 2012 – opening day of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

One grand prize winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Rio de Janeiro as an official delegate to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2013. The grand prize winner will be featured in a Kauffman Foundation animated video Sketchbook. Other winners receive one year of mentoring from successful entrepreneurs.

Eligibility and rules: Entrepreneurs who have a “startup moment” between GEW 2011 and GEW 2012 (November 22, 2011 to November 18, 2012) are eligible to take part. A “startup moment” is anything that can be interpreted as the company is “open for business,” such as a business is incorporated, a first sale is completed or outside funding is secured.

For more info, visit the Kauffman Foundation newsroom.

Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.