Seedstars World is an exclusive and global startup competition


Dec 31
Seedstars WorldCompetition Organizer
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Algeria, Botswana, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda
Retail and wholesale, Agribusiness, Automotive, Banking, Clean technology, Computer hardware, Computer software, Construction, Creative, media and entertainment, Diversified services, E-commerce, Education, Electronics, Financial services, Food and beverage, Healthcare, Insurance, Internet, Leisure and travel, Manufacturing, Mobile, Real estate, Renewable energy, Telecom, Transport and logistics, Utilities, Waste management and recycling, Water, sanitation and hygiene

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


TunisMay 18thMay 4th
Cape TownMay 27thMay 13th
DurbanJune 8thMay 24th
SowetoJune 14thMay 30th
JohannesburgJune 30thJune 21nd
GaboroneNov 4thOct 24th
MaputoJuly 15thJuly 8th
LuandaJuly 27ndJuly 17th
DakarOct 14thSept 30th
AbidjanAugust 29thAugust 17th
AccraAugust 21stAugust 11th
LagosAugust 11 thJuly 26th
BamakoSeptember 4thAugust 24th
Addis AbabaSeptember 14thSept 4th
Dar Es SalaamSeptember 24thSept 16th
KampalaSeptember 30thSeptember 22nd
NairobiOctober 7thOct 1st
KigaliDec 6th Nov 25th
CairoOctober 22ndOctober 8th
HarareOctober 30thOct 20th
AlgiersOctober 8thOctober 2nd