The global technology startup competition Startup World is coming to southern California on the 6th March at the ROC in Santa Monica, Los Angeles.

An all-star line up of judges including What’s Trending’s Shira Lazar, StartEngine’s Howard Marks, the General Manager of Digital at CNN, Managing partner Karlin Ventures and Eva Ho, VP of Marketing at Factual, will score 10 pitching startups, picking one winner who will compete in the grand final in Silicon Valley against 35 other startups at the end of this year.

Startup World is an initiative to promote startup culture and entrepreneurship globally by holding a competition in 36 cities around the world. The winners of each city will compete at the final in Silicon Valley in 2013.

The competition has already seen over 200 startups in Mexico City, Lima, Peru, Santiago Chile, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Rio De Janeiro, Cape Town, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and San Francisco.

San Francisco

Last week the competition saw over 200 people attend the event at Microsoft’s San Francisco office, ten startups pitched to a panel of star tech judges including Robert Scoble of Rackspace, Johnny Diggz of Tropo, Hipmunk’s Adam Goldstein and Laura Gomez of the NewMe Accelerator.

In the tightest competition ever seen during Startup World, the judges scored GazeMetrics and Kidaptive highest, with children’s learning through gaming platform Kidaptive pulling out in front to be crowned winner of Startup World: San Francisco.

You can attend the LA event for free by purchasing tickets here.

A big thanks to ROC, Promojam, Digital LA, SteadyOn and TechZulu for helping making this happen