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Startup Open Finalists

Start-up fever is spreading across the globe as tenacious innovators find new ways to change the world. To get a pulse reading on the trend, the Kauffman Foundation sponsors Startup Open, a competition during Global Entrepreneurship Week that starts Nov. 18, where entrepreneurs pitch their fledgling ideas and compete for an a trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Moscow, next March. The ultimate end goal: learn how to attract seed funding and a coveted spot in an incubator or accelerator.

Here are the top 25 start-up contenders that are trailblazers in such places as Croatia, Ghana, Israel, Mexico, Norway and the Philippines. They were chosen based on the uniqueness of their concept and the vast market potential for their product or service. Here's a look at their breakthroughs.

—By CNBC's Lori Ioannou
Posted 18 Nov. 2013

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