2017 Seedstars World

World’s biggest startup competition in emerging markets


Seedstars World, the biggest seed stage startup competition for emerging markets is coming back to Africa to scout for the top high growth startups and entrepreneurs and accelerate them on their path to global success.

On this 2017 edition of the tour, they will visit over 25 cities across Sub-Saharan Africa to host bootcamps and pitch competitions, adding countries such as Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia to its tour. The winner from each country is invited to the final at the Seedstars Global Summit in Switzerland to compete for up to $500,000 in equity investment and additional multiple prizes and perks.

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, up to 10 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 Seedstars World Regional Summit and the Global summit in Switzerland, with a chance to win up to 500,000 USD and other amazing 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 500,000 mn in equity investment on offer to the winning startup and additional money prizes!

Why compete?

Equity Investment
There is a prize package consisting of up to $ 500,000 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 1000 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.

Time investment

If you get selected
1 day for the Bootcamp hosted 2 – 3 days before the event
1 day for the Local Event

If you win:
– 7 days for the regional summit in december
– 7 days for the global summit in Geneva


● Maximum 2 years since founding date
● Maximum USD 0.5m funding
● Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
● Need to use technology to solve a local or regional issue

Dates and deadlines

CountryCityEvent dateRegistration Deadline
TunisiaTunisMay 15May 1st
South AfricaJohannesburgMay 26May 18
South AfricaCape TownJune 8May 25
MozambiqueMaputoJune 14May 31
South AfricaJohannesburg FinalJune 29June 15
DRCKinshasaOctober 13June 23
TanzaniaArushaJuly 13June 29
MoroccoCasablancaJuly 14June 30
TanzaniaDar Es SalaamJuly 20July 06
UgandaKampalaAugust 4Jul 28
EthiopiaAddis AbabaAugust 21August 10
NigeriaAbujaAugust 20August 6
NigeriaLagosAugust 25August 11
GhanaAccraSeptember 1stAugust 18
Ivory CoastAbidjanSeptember 8August 25
MaliBamakoSeptember 14August 31
SenegalDakarSeptember 21September 7
CameroonDoualaSeptember 29September 15
EgyptAlexandriaSeptember 30September 16
RwandaKigaliOctober 6September 22
AlgeriaAlgiersOctober 6September 22
AngolaLuandaOctober 13September 29
ZambiaLusakaOctober 20October 6
LibyaTripoliOctober 20October 6
MauritiusPort LouisNovember 3October 20
MadagascarAntananarivoNovember 10October 27
BotswanaGaboroneNovember 3October 23
ZimbabweHarareOctober 27October 16

*IMPORTANT UPDATE: Taking into account to the recent political instability due to the elections in Kenya, we have decided to postpone the Nairobi event to a later date TBD. We will announce the new date here shortly. The applications will stay open until then.



November 10, 2017
Program dates Apr 24 - Nov 10, 2017
OrganizerSeedstars International Ventures
Website Visit website
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