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2017 Seedstars World

2017 Seedstars World

World’s biggest startup competition in emerging markets

Application period:

Application period closed
November 10, 2017 at 23:00
* Central European Summer Time
April 24 - November 10, 2017

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

Criteria

● 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

Country City Event date Registration Deadline
Tunisia Tunis May 15 May 1st
South Africa Johannesburg May 26 May 18
South Africa Cape Town June 8 May 25
Mozambique Maputo June 14 May 31
South Africa Johannesburg Final June 29 June 15
DRC Kinshasa October 13 June 23
Tanzania Arusha July 13 June 29
Morocco Casablanca July 14 June 30
Tanzania Dar Es Salaam July 20 July 06
Kenya Nairobi POSTPONED (TBD)* TBD
Uganda Kampala August 4 Jul 28
Ethiopia Addis Ababa August 21 August 10
Nigeria Abuja August 20 August 6
Nigeria Lagos August 25 August 11
Ghana Accra September 1st August 18
Ivory Coast Abidjan September 8 August 25
Mali Bamako September 14 August 31
Senegal Dakar September 21 September 7
Cameroon Douala September 29 September 15
Egypt Alexandria September 30 September 16
Rwanda Kigali October 6 September 22
Algeria Algiers October 6 September 22
Angola Luanda October 13 September 29
Zambia Lusaka October 20 October 6
Libya Tripoli October 20 October 6
Mauritius Port Louis November 3 October 20
Madagascar Antananarivo November 10 October 27
Botswana Gaborone November 3 October 23
Zimbabwe Harare October 27 October 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.

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