Seedstars World is an exclusive and global startup competition


Competition format


1) Applications

Step 1: Make sure you have a venture profile published on VC4Africa platform with your most recent pitch deck attached.

Step 2: Apply to one of the 15 local events in Africa through the online form.


2) Pitching events

At each Local Event, the top 10-15 pre-selected startups are invited to pitch in front of an expert jury and quality audience to determine the winner. The event brings together key entrepreneurs, investors, corporates and institutions from the local ecosystem combined with a unique global Seedstars World flavour. The winner of each Local Event gets a free trip to the Final Event and loads of cool tech prizes.


3) Final Event

The winner of each Local Event will be invited to Switzerland to represent his startup and country at the global finals. The Final Event is a weeklong adventure consisting of a bootcamp, international conference and investor forum. It’s an amazing chance to meet with investors, build a global network and grow your business. And don’t forget there is up to USD 1.5 mn in equity investment on offer to the winning startups.


Time investment

1 day for the Local Event + 7 days if you are selected for the Final Event in Switzerland.



  • Maximum 2 years since founding date
  • Maximum USD 0.5m funding
  • Minimum Viable Product (MVP)


Dates and deadlines

CityEvent DateApplication Deadline
MaputoMay 26thMay 16th
Cape TownJune 30thJune 20th
JohannesburgJuly 17thJuly 3rd
LagosJuly 31stJuly 12th
AccraAugust 5thJuly 15th
AbidjanAugust 12thJuly 22nd
KigaliAugust 26thJuly 29th
KampalaSeptember 10thAugust 22nd
NairobiOctober 2ndSeptember 18th
Addis AbabaOctober 8thSeptember 20th
CairoOctober 18thOctober 4th
Dar Es SalaamNovember 10thOctober 13th
DakarNovember 16thOctober 19th
AlgiersNovember 21stSeptember 24th
GaboroneNovember 27thNovember 14th


November 28, 2015
OrganizerSeedstars International Ventures
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