Bringing global learning back to South Africa from the 2019 Startup World Cup in San Francisco Gavin Reardon, Founder of Kingson Capital, is currently at the Startup World Cup. He shares his thoughts.

Bringing new ideas to the fore, is part and parcel of any business landscape, but the ability to be a committed entrepreneur with a successful startup, that tangibly grows and becomes a successfully sustainable business, takes a special kind of drive. The Startup World Cup recognises this and offers one innovative startup a US $1,000,000 grand prize in investment.

Taking place in San Francisco and organised by Pegasus Tech Ventures, the Startup World Cup is partnering with some of world’s largest conferences and tech events to host 40+ regional startup competitions across 6 continents – North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. As the world’s largest global startup gathering with investors joining from more than 27 countries, the goal of the Startup World Cup is to create innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for startup ecosystems all over the world. Entrepreneurs from many different countries will be able to use the Startup World Cup platform to build great companies and improve the possibilities for themselves. This truly is the platform for startups from every corner of the globe to strut their stuff in front of a global audience, and the investment stakes are high.

Gavin Reardon, Founder of Kingson Capital, a Venture Capital Company committed to providing venture capital for High-Growth Tech and Black-Owned SME’s, is currently in San Francisco attending the event and will have the opportunity to attend the Finals on Friday 17 May, where the US $1,000,000 investment grand prize will be awarded. This is the culmination of an unprecedented programme with 10 final startups in the running, chosen from 35 regional winners, each representing their countries. The regional finals had over 100,000 live attendees across multiple ecosystems and the Grand Finale is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience with the 10 most promising startups pitching live in front of an audience of 2,500 people. 

“It’s really interesting to see the emerging technology showcased here at the Startup World Cup in San Francisco”, says Reardon. “What caught my attention at the semi-finals yesterday was the variety of tech and the use cases applied in solving some really complex challenges. From supporting zero pollution and companies cleaning up oil spills, to AI and machine learning predictive facility management tools, to IoT sensors, healthtech and platforms connecting people. The innovation and variety that has been showcased so far is great.” When asked about his favourite top 10 Startups, this is Gavin’s list:

  1. Biosolvit, Brazil
  2. Klue, Canada
  3. Facilio, India
  4. Sportido, India
  5., Kenya
  6. Tag Sensor, Norway
  7. Motionlab, Prague
  8. Sonavi labs, US East Coast
  9. Miracare, US West Coast
  10. Audiocardio, US South West Coast

“The opportunities that an investment injection provides for any startup are unparalleled. It will be interesting to keep an eye on the winners to see just how the right support and funding can launch a startup into a business that really can change the world.” For more info on the Startup World Cup visit