Canada advances to World Cup Global Finals


Top 25 startups from around the world will compete for share of US$1M

BRAMPTON, CANADA— 12, November, 2021 Toronto, Canada-based Inteligex is one of 25 startups that advanced to the next round of pitching at the Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) Global Finals, organizers announced today. The company, selected from 100,000 registrations across 200 countries, will compete for a share of US$1 million in cash prizes.

Inteligex is a healthcare company that provides precision cellular and molecular therapies to care for spinal cord injury and other diseases of the central nervous system. Profiles on all top 25 finalists can be found here.

“Inteligex is working to build the first effective stem cell therapy to regenerate the injured brain and spinal cord,” said Christopher S. Ahuja, MD with Inteligex. “Finding partners, investors and staff that share our vision is key to delivering meaningful results for patients. The EWC experience has provided a wealth of expert contacts and allowed us to expand our reach to the global stage. We are tremendously grateful to the EWC Canada and EWC Global organizers for the opportunity to showcase Inteligex’s SMaRT Cells.”

The Entrepreneurship World Cup 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 2021,100,000 registrations were received from 200 countries. One thousand startups pitched at National Finals organized and judged by local entrepreneurship organizations across six continents plus the Middle East. Inteligex won a top spot at Canada’s National Final in August, organized by Startup Peel in partnership with One Valley, The Global Education & Leadership Foundation, and with support from the Global Entrepreneurship Network. The top 100 startups from around the world advanced to a virtual component of the Global Finals and the top 25 will travel to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for the final stage of the competition taking place on December 14, 2021. 

The top 100 pitches were evaluated by a panel of international judges including:

US$500,000 will be awarded for first place, $250,000 for second place and $100,000 for third place. Cash prizes of US$100,000 will also be awarded to the top scoring startups in the idea stage and social enterprise categories. All top 100 global finalists have access to US$75 million of in-kind services and support including from service providers like AWS, Segment, Brex, Hubspot and more.

The EWC is hosted by the Misk Global Forum, Global Entrepreneurship Network and The Global Education & Leadership Foundation. It is supported by global partners including One Valley, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, GAN, Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs, and the organizations that hosted the National Finals.

For interviews and further inquiries please contact:

Melloney Campbell

Media Relations, Startup Peel Community

Kathryn Forrest

Media Relations, Global Entrepreneurship Network

About Startup Peel Community

Startup Peel is a Startup Canada Community located in the Region of Peel Ontario.  Startup Canada is Canada’s entrepreneurship organization. Startup Canada promotes and supports the success and growth of Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs, with a mandate to foster economic growth, competitiveness, and prosperity through entrepreneurship. Since launching, Startup Canada’s programming has directly supported more than 200,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots Startup Community organizations. Working with over 750 ecosystem partners, including accelerators, incubators, research parks, educational institutions, economic development agencies, associations, and government programs, Startup Peel serves entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, industries, and stages of development, with a network reflective of Canada’s diverse population. Learn more at

About the Misk Global Forum

The Misk Global Forum (MGF) is the flagship international platform of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discover, develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the future economy. Since its launch in 2016, MGF has extended Misk’s mission to young people across the globe. Through international events, research and global initiatives, MGF brings together emerging and established leaders, innovators, and creators to explore, experience and experiment with ways to meet the challenge of change. MGF focuses on three core areas across its activations: skills for the future economy; entrepreneurship and employment; and active global citizenship. Website:

About the Global Entrepreneurship Network

The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates a platform of projects and programs in 180+ countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business. By fostering deeper cross border collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support organizations, GEN works to fuel healthier start and scale ecosystems that create more jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and strengthen economic growth. Learn more about GEN at and by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn

About The Global Education & Leadership Foundation

The Global Education & Leadership Foundation (tGELF) is a non-profit that seeks to identify and nurture leadership skills in individuals who are rooted in the values of ethics and altruism, and have a bias for action. tGELF was officially inaugurated in 2008 by the then Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh. In the last decade, tGELF’s flagship school curriculum on ethical leadership and entrepreneurship has expanded from just six schools in India to over 3000 schools across 14 countries touching more than 3 million students. tGELF’s community of future leaders and change-makers have also undertaken numerous high impact projects that have collectively impacted the lives of over 500 million people and raised over $6.38 bn dollars in commitments from governments, philanthropists, corporations and multilaterals for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Website: