FAQ's

What is the GSV Cup?

In its second year, the GSV Cup Competition is a call for early stage education and talent tech companies to apply to be one of the “Elite 200” presenters at the 2020 ASU GSV Summit from August 9-11, 2021 in San Diego and virtually. Those companies selected to be among the “Elite 200” will then compete to win the GSV Cup. The finalists will compete on StageX at ASU GSV XI and take home prize package totaling $550,000 and $450,000 Google Cloud credits.

Who should apply?

The competition is open to both U.S. based and international companies in the education and digital learning sector across Prek - Gray. Startups who are pre-seed or seed stage by March 31st, 2021 are eligible to apply.

What is the "Elite 200"?

The top 200 pre-seed and seed PreK to Gray digital education and skills companies chosen out of the pool of GSV Cup applicants. All companies in the “Elite 200” will receive a comped ticket to the ASU GSV Summit for the CEO/founder from the company, as well as a special entrepreneur rate for the presenting company team. Please note, if you were a finalist last year and received a comped ticket that rolled over to 2021, you will not receive a second comped ticket.


When is the application due?

The application is due March 31, 2021 at midnight PST.


If I am impact focused or a non-profit, can I still apply?

Yes! Absolutely! We welcome pre-seed and seed impact focused and non-profit startups.

Who are the judges for the “Elite 200”?

Leading Global Venture Capital firms and strategic partners in the education and talent space will be judging.

Will I know which venture capital firms viewed my application?

Unfortunately, no. We cannot disclose who judged your application unless the judge decides, on their own, to reach out to a company they have judged.


Who are the Judges for the GSV Cup finalists?

The GSV Cup Counsel of venture capital and strategic investors.

When will I know if I’m part of the “Elite 200” and invited to present at the ASU GSV Summit?

We will release decisions in May.

Note: if you are not selected as an “Elite 200”, you will still receive an entrepreneur rate discount to attend the summit. We will contact you with a code.


When will I know if I am a GSV Cup finalist?

Once selected as an “Elite 200”, we may be contacting you to obtain additional information to evaluate GSV Cup Finalists. We will determine the finalists at the ASU GSV Summit in August. The finalists will compete for the GSV Cup on Stage X on August 11th for $550,000 in prize money and $450,000 in Google Cloud credits.

What is the framework for evaluation?

Judges will focus on the “5 P’s”: People, Product, Potential, Predictability (Milestones/roadmap), and Purpose (what is the corporate mission)

If I have previously talked to GSV or presented at the ASU GSV Summit, can I still apply?

Yes! Absolutely. Please note, if you were a finalist last year and received a comped ticket that rolled over to 2021, you will not receive a second comped ticket.

Can I present virtually at the Summit?

Yes, while we don’t have full details yet, this year given the Covid pandemic and travel restrictions, we will accommodate both in person and virtual presentations.

Who are the sponsors of the GSV Cup?

GSV Ventures, Google Cloud, HubSpot, and HolonIQ.

What is the GSV Ventures Fund?

GSV Ventures is a global venture capital fund investing in technology entrepreneurs creating scaled solutions across the “PreK to Gray” digital education & skills sectors. Portfolio companies include Master Class, Pluralsight, TurnItIn, Coursera, Coursehero, and Degreed amongst others.

What does GSV stand for?

Global Silicon Valley.