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

City Event Date Application Deadline
Maputo May 26th May 16th
Cape Town June 30th June 20th
Johannesburg July 17th July 3rd
Lagos July 31st July 12th
Accra August 5th July 15th
Abidjan August 12th July 22nd
Kigali August 26th July 29th
Kampala September 10th August 22nd
Nairobi October 2nd September 18th
Addis Ababa October 8th September 20th
Cairo October 18th October 4th
Dar Es Salaam November 10th October 13th
Dakar November 16th October 19th
Algiers November 21st September 24th
Gaborone November 27th November 14th


November 28, 2015
Organizer Seedstars International Ventures
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