Team Registration on StartupCompete (formerly iStart)

As of November 16, 2015, the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup is managed online by AEAF staff through StartupCompete (formerly StartupCompete is a project of the Global Entrepreneurship Network.

The team leader or other designated individual is responsible for setting up an account in StartupCompete to enter the team into the competition. This individual is also responsible for submitting the team’s intent to compete and uploading the business plan to StartupCompete.

(Note: As you begin working in StartupCompete, the words “Profile” and “Account” are used interchangeably.)

To register for the 2016 competition, go to

At the left side of the page is an orange button with the words “Log In / Register.” Click on this button. A box with a orange-gold strip across the top will pop up on the screen.

If you are “New to StartupCompete,” follow these directions:

Click the “Create User Account” blue button. A page, “Register for a new StartupCompete User Profile” will appear.

Fill out ONLY the information marked with an asterisk:

  • E-mail address
  • Password (and confirm password)
  • First and Last Names
  • Gender
  • Phone Number
  • Country, Address, City, State, Zip Code

Remember your e-mail address and password. This will be the login information for your account from this point forward.

In the “Roles and Communications” box, the first statement is the only statement you need to answer for the purpose of the competition. It asks, “Select one or more role/s to describe your relationship with StartupCompete.” Check any box – the competition has no preference as to which box should be checked.

At the bottom of this box, uncheck the box for “Notify me via email on … New Competitions,” unless you want to receive e-mail from StartupCompete and the Global Entrepreneurship Network.

Click “I agree” in the Terms and Conditions.

Type the letters shown in the image, and click “Save.” Your account is ready to go.

If you have an existing StartUpCompete account:

Go to and click the orange “Log In / Register” button on the left side of the page.

A box with an orange-gold strip across the top will appear. Under “Returning to StartupCompete,” enter your e-mail address and your password.

If you need to use a new e-mail address – or if you’ve forgotten the e-mail address used previously, you will need to create a new account. See above, “New to iStart.”

If you’ve forgotten your password, click on “Forgot Password?” and follow the prompts.

Next Step – Submitting Intents to Compete

The next step for the team is to submit an “Intent to Compete” at this link. Intents are due by 11:59 p.m. Monday, February 1, 2016.

Teams that are still undecided about competing by February 1 should still submit an intent to compete. This greatly helps the AEAF staff to estimate the number of judges needed for the competition. 

If a team does not submit a business plan in the competition by the February 24 deadline, the intent to compete is dropped from its StartupCompete account.

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