2019 Seedstars World Competition for Startup Entrepreneurs

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Location (s):

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Congo: Democratic Republic
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Zimbabwe
Local Competitions - Accross the World; Global Summit in Switzerland

Overview

Discover the best startups from emerging markets. Seedstars World promotes, connects and invests up to $1 Million in emerging market startups through its exclusive startup competition in over 75+ countries.

Details

Startup Competition

Seedstars World is a Switzerland based startup competition that takes place in emerging markets. We run +100 local competitions where we give the startups a training, identify and select the best seed-stage startup from each country and award the winners with an opportunity to compete in a Regional Event to get qualified to join the Seedstars Global Summit in Switzerland, where one of them will be crowned Seedstars World Global Winner.

  • 8000 + Applications
  • 800 Selected Startups
  • 75+ Finalists
  • 1 Winner

Become the next Seedstars Global Winner

Win up to $500k investment in equity

We are committed to supporting seed-stage startups from emerging markets as we know how difficult it can be to raise funds in these ecosystems. We believe that $500k in funding is a great foundation to kick-start the creation of any sustainable tech solution aimed at improving people’s lives. We have travelled to 75+ countries throughout the year to select the most promising startups from Asia, Africa, MENA, CEE and Latam, which have all been offered two-way plane tickets to Switzerland where they will pitch their ideas in front of investors in order to win up to $500k in investments!

 

 

How do you get to be crowned number 1?

Competition format

Local Competitions

We run 80+ local competitions where we identify the best seed-stage startups. In addition to having the top startups pitching, our events are filled with disruptive tech, inspirational discussions, networking sessions and one flight ticket for the winner to come to one of the Seedstars Regional Summits.

Regional Summits

We manage 5 Regional Summits, where we bring all Seedstars World local winners of each region, as well as speakers, investors, corporates, incubators, accelerators, governments and relevant stakeholders to one city to build bridges between regional ecosystems and discuss regional challenges. In this occasion, the startups will compete to represent their region at the Seedstars Global Summit in Switzerland.

Seedstars Global Summit

Our competition's final happens in the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland, an exciting event filled with breakout sessions, panel discussions, specialized workshops and the best minds from emerging markets, where the regional winners compete to be crowned the Seedstars World Global Winner.

Virtual Growth Program

The growth program is a three month virtual acceleration program focused on growth and traction for 10-20 winners selected among the Regional Summit Winners. The program includes an investment of $50k of which $20k covers the program and the chance for follow-on funding.

Investment Readiness Program

Join the Investment Readiness Program, it's a non time bound program focused in boosting tech startups looking to get ready for fundraising. The top 8-10 companies invited to the jury selection panel in the local competition will receive 1 month for free of this program, which provides access to data-driven series of training, mentoring sessions from experts and investors as well as curated insights.

When the time comes, they will be connected to Seedstars Investments team and thousands of co-investors in our network, ready to rock! The startups can choose to relocate to one of the Seedspace, or join it online.

Why participate as a startup?

  • Equity Investment - There is a prize package consisting of up to $ 1Million in equity investment and more in cash and in-kind prizes. You’ll be exposed to VCs, corporates, and angels searching for investment opportunities.
  • Coverage & Prestige - All Seedstars World events are heavily covered by local and international press with around 500 articles on us last year. Represent your country at the worldwide Seedstars Summit in front of an international audience.
  • Partnerships & Family - Join the close-knit Seedstars Family of talented entrepreneurs in 65+ countries. Find potential partners and business opportunities through the community and at the various events.
  • Learn & Grow - We hand pick top-quality mentors from all over the world with experience in relevant industries. Benefit from the knowledge of corporate leaders, serial entrepreneurs, accelerator directors and investors.

Opportunity is About:


Eligibility

Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

 

 

What's the criteria to apply?

There are different aspects we look for in an application:

  • The Startup must have a demonstrable product or service (Minimum Viable Product, MVP);
  • If the Startup has received external funding, it can only be up to US$ 500k;
  • And finally the Startup needs to be scalable or have the potential to reach the scalability.

Which language will be used?

Pitch and application documents must be in English or you must provide a translator.

How much time will I have to spend?

You will need 2 days for the Local Competition + 7 days if you were selected to the Seedstars Regional Summit + 7 days if you were selected to the Seedstars Global Summit (includes: online application, preparing for pitching event, coaching, traveling and attending the events). 


Dates:

Deadline: November 08, 2019


Cost/funding for participants:

Over $6mn in total to win

Become the next Seedstars Global Winner - Win up to $500k investment in equity

We are committed to supporting seed-stage startups from emerging markets as we know how difficult it can be to raise funds in these ecosystems. We believe that $500k in funding is a great foundation to kick-start the creation of any sustainable tech solution aimed at improving people’s lives. We have travelled to 75+ countries throughout the year to select the most promising startups from Asia, Africa, MENA, CEE and Latam, which have all been offered two-way plane tickets to Switzerland where they will pitch their ideas in front of investors in order to win up to $500k in investments!

Global & Regional Prizes

We know how hard it is for seed-stage startups in emerging markets to find sufficient funding. We’ve seen bootstrapping taken to the extreme with one founder even selling their house to fund their startup! Thankfully there are institutions looking to provide mentoring, access and financial support to top entrepreneurial talent in emerging markets.

 

 

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