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10 of the world's hottest start-ups in 2016

CNBC Logo By Lori Ioannou of CNBC | Slide 1 of 11: This year's Global Entrepreneurship Week includes 165 countries and roughly 10 million people. One of its marquee events is the annual Startup Open competition, a global competition that gives entrepreneurs a virtual stage in which to pitch their ideas. This year, founders from 101 countries submitted 1,018 start-ups for consideration. Seventy-three percent are from outside the United States. Featured here are some of tomorrow's most promising from around the globe — the 2016 Startup Open finalists. These 10 finalists will connect with mentors over the next four weeks before the winner is announced on Jan. 5. The winner receives a free trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, where they will present on stage at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress.

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This year's Global Entrepreneurship Week included 165 countries and roughly 10 million people. One of its marquee events is the annual Startup Open competition, a global competition that gives entrepreneurs a virtual stage in which to pitch their ideas.

This year, founders from 101 countries submitted 1,018 start-ups for consideration. Seventy-three percent are from outside the United States. Featured here are some of tomorrow's most promising from around the globe — the 2016 Startup Open finalists. These 10 finalists will connect with mentors over the next four weeks before the winner is announced on Jan. 5. The winner receives a free trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, where they will present on stage at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress.

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