Seedstars World is an exclusive and global startup competition

Competition format


1) Applications

Step 1: Make sure you have a venture profile published on the 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 Date Deadline
Tunis May 18th May 4th
Cape Town May 27th May 13th
Durban June 8th May 24th
Soweto June 14th May 30th
Johannesburg June 30th June 21nd
Gaborone Nov 4th Oct 24th
Maputo July 15th July 8th
Luanda July 27nd July 17th
Dakar Oct 14th Sept 30th
Abidjan August 29th August 17th
Accra August 21st August 11th
Lagos August 11 th July 26th
Bamako September 4th August 24th
Addis Ababa September 14th Sept 4th
Dar Es Salaam September 24th Sept 16th
Kampala September 30th September 22nd
Nairobi October 7th Oct 1st
Kigali Dec 6th  Nov 25th
Cairo October 22nd October 8th
Harare October 30th Oct 20th
Algiers October 8th October 2nd




December 31, 2016
Organizer Seedstars International Ventures
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