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.
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!
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.
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
|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|
|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.
|Application deadline||November 10|
|Program dates||April 24 - November 10, 2017|
|Organizer||Seedstars WorldCompetition Organizer|
|Targets||Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Réunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, United Republic of, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe|
|Sectors||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|