Thirdweb takes top prize for New Zealand finals of Entrepreneurship World Cup.

Wellington based startup Thirdweb is building a unified subscription base for all online news sources, captured first prize at the national finals of the Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) competition held recently in Wellington, New Zealand. They will advance to the next round of the global competition against national winners from 200 countries. Thirdweb allows you to subscribe and financially contribute to all the news media you read today and get advanced insights into your reading behavior.

“So far, the Entrepreneurship World Cup has been an incredible experience. We are honored to have taken out the top spot in the NZ finals, and we are very excited to be a global finalist. Huge thanks so everyone behind the EWC!” said Alistair McLeay, first prize finalist.

In preparation for the EWC Global Finals, Alistair McLeay will participate in an acceleration program that features virtual training and one-to-one mentoring targeted at their company’s current stage and growth trajectory.

Thirdweb emerged victorious from a pool of 82 applicants – each receiving access to free virtual training services and up to $25,000 in perks to help them take their venture to the next level.

Other finalists at EWC New Zealand included:

  • ProFlow from Wellington (2nd place, advancing to global finals), a B2B SaaS startup that helps managers resolve issues and unblock their teams. They have recently launched their public beta and have over 1,000 users.
  • RH Innovation Ltd from Hamilton (3rd place), a startup that is developing an innovative, AI-driven solution that helps horticulturalists get precise measurements of soil conditions in real-time.
  • Tectonus from Auckland, a startup that provides innovative structural connectors that protect buildings against earthquakes and aftershocks. Their technology has been used in greenfield projects in Canada and NZ, including Nelson Airport.
  • from Wellington, a startup that removes the complexity of collecting, combining, and presenting complex data in a simply magical way.
  • Meora from Auckland, a startup that is a data & AI-driven real-time health analytics platform to empower humanitarian healthcare for vulnerable populations and improve the lives of millions around the world.

Judges for the competition were:

  • Catherine Jones, CEO, Creative HQ
  • Veronica Stephenson, Founder & CEO, Humblebee
  • Stephen Cummings, Co-Director, The Atom/Te Kahu o Te Ao ‘Innovation Space’
  • Laura Reitel, Startup Programme Manager, Callaghan Innovation
  • Dave Moskovitz, Co-founder & Executive Chair, GEN New Zealand


More than 150,000 contestants from 200 countries entered the Entrepreneurship World Cup. The initiative combines a broad-reaching pitch competition, aimed at ventures ranging from the idea stage to the growth stage, with a virtual accelerator program to help all participants launch, strengthen, and scale their enterprises. Global Finalists will face off against one another at the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in October.

EWC is an initiative led by the Misk Global Forum, Global Entrepreneurship Network, and the Global Education and Leadership Foundation with support from a collection of national and global partners, including the GSVlabs and Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

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