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The submissions deadline for Startup Open, a featured competition at 2011 Global Entrepreneurship Week that recognizes startups with high-growth potential, closes today. Entrants can register at www.startupopen.com/register.

Entrepreneurs who have a “startup moment” between GEW 2010 and GEW 2011 (Nov. 22, 2010 to Nov. 20, 2011) 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.

By entering, startups will have the chance to be recognized as part of “the GEW 50” – 50 of the most promising ventures from around the world. Of these, one winner will be selected to receive an all-expenses paid trip to participate in Liverpool’s Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2012. A second winner will receive one year of mentoring from Redbox founding members and serial entrepreneurs Michael DeLazzer and Biju Kulathaka, courtesy of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.