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October 31, 2013 09:33 ET

Bigcommerce Hosts 2013 E-Commerce Circle for Fourth Annual Global Startup Battle

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Get Insider Access to Leading E-Commerce Experts During Global Startup Mega-Event

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - Oct 31, 2013) -  Bigcommerce, the fastest growing e-commerce platform for businesses of all sizes, announced today the company will be the first ever host of the E-Commerce Circle for the fourth annual Global Startup Battle (GSB) produced by Up Global. GSB is an annual event that brings together a global community of entrepreneurs competing in a worldwide startup competition with the winners bringing home a variety of prizes. The competition will be held on November 15 and November 22 in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week, and is expected to attract 20,000+ entrepreneurs, mentors, coaches, special guests, celebrities, and more.

Bigcommerce will lead the judging panel for the E-Commerce Circle competition, singling out the most innovative, smart, enthusiastic and promising team for a month-long e-commerce immersion experience at Bigcommerce. The experience includes a personal e-commerce coach, collaborative office space, your own online store with built-in marketing tools to help you sell more, tickets to SXSW Interactive and an opportunity to meet face-to-face with execs from Bigcommerce to discuss and refine your business growth strategy. Bigcommerce will cover travel and event expenses so the winner can hunker down to make their online startup a success with mentorship from the experts who work with online businesses every day.

"The Global Startup Battle provides a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect with and learn from each other, providing new ideas and opportunities to build their businesses in this fast-paced market," said Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution and Chairman of UP Global. "As access to the $250 billion global, online marketplace for retailers and merchants, is increasingly democratized, e-commerce provides a compelling opportunity for young startups to go toe-to-toe with giants in their space."

"We know that every startup is a journey and every entrepreneur starts with an idea, a vision and a dream to make it big," said Eddie Machaalani, founder and CEO at Bigcommerce. "E-commerce is one of the fastest ways to get your business off the ground and the E-Commerce Circle was created because we have the tools, experience and knowledge to help these online entrepreneurs become successful."

How To Get Involved:
A Circle is a themed startup competition within Global Startup Battle. Teams will submit video pitches, get crowd votes, and winners will eventually be named by a panel of industry expert judges. The first step to entering the E-Commerce Circle is to find a Startup Weekend taking place during Global Startup Battle. There are two weekends available to choose from: November 15th and November 22nd. At the beginning of the event, participants will pitch their ideas and teams will form around the most popular ones. The teams then have 54 hours to build a company around the idea. On Sunday evening, teams will present to a local panel of judges and event winners will be named. From there, all teams will have 24 hours to submit a video entry describing their company to the GSB Circles of their choice.

Learn more about Global Startup Battle and the E-Commerce Circle here.

Register to attend a startup weekend event in a city near you. If you're located in Bigcommerce's neck of the woods, you can find details regarding the Austin, Texas and Sydney, Australia startup weekends at the following links http://austin.startupweekend.org/ or http://sydney.startupweekend.org/.

About Global Startup Battle:

An initiative created by Startup Weekend, Global Startup Battle aims to generate a stronger global community of entrepreneurs through the largest startup competition in the world. During the weekend prior to and following Global Entrepreneurship Week, hundreds of Startup Weekend events are hosted around the world and winning teams from each event move forward to compete with one another via a global video competition. Teams then form a pitch video and global votes determine the top 15 teams. Finally, a panel of judges decides which team is the overall winner. In 2012, over 130 cities participated in Global Startup Battle, and GSB 2013 is expected to be even larger. Global Startup Battle enriches the global entrepreneurial community by creating a sense of inclusion between startup teams around the world.

About Bigcommerce
Bigcommerce is the leading e-commerce platform for fast-growth businesses, enabling them to easily launch professional online stores in hours, not weeks or months. Existing clients Gibson Guitar, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, YETI Coolers and nearly 40,000 others are using Bigcommerce's built-in e-commerce and marketing capabilities to sell more with less effort. Bigcommerce was founded in 2009 by two Aussies turned part-time Texans with a vision to build a scalable, powerful e-commerce platform for every small to medium business in the world.

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