Migration Entrepreneurship Prize

For startups addressing migration movement challenges in MENA and Africa.


Jan 31, 2020
Seedstars World Competition Organizer
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Algeria, Bahrain, Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Palestine, State of, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
Agribusiness, Business services, Clean technology and energy, Utilities, Construction and manufacturing, Creative, media and entertainment, Education, Financial services, Healthcare, ICT, Leisure and travel, Retail and wholesale, Consumer durables, Consumer non-durables, Transport and logistics, Water, sanitation and hygiene, Automotive, Clothing and textiles production, Computer hardware, Electronics, Food production, Furniture

We are looking for the most promising seed-stage startups working to alleviate the pressure for people to take dangerous routes leaving their homes.

Apply, for a chance to participate in the Seedstars Investment Readiness Program, a customisable educational program that helps to get ready for fundraising. Out of the 10 finalists, 5 ventures will get the full Seedstars Summit experience in Switzerland in April 2020, where they will participate in the 3-day bootcamp with mentors and investors. One global winner will be selected and announced during the summit receiving the official Migration Entrepreneurship Prize.


Make sure that your venture matches all three of the eligibility criteria.

  • Geographic Location
    Your venture must tackle solutions in MENA or Africa and can be aimed for society at large thus aimed at migrants and the local population. It can be implemented in the origin, host and transitory countries. Find the full list of countries at the bottom of this page.
  • Key Themes
    Your venture must work in one of the following solutions: labour migration, economic migration, migratory fluxes, migration alleviation, migration relief, refugees, movement of people, emigration, immigration, human dignity, economic livelihoods, social development, human rights, dignity, women’s empowerment, social business, leveraging private sector solutions for social change, diaspora engagement, sustainable development.
  • Stage of Startup
    Your venture must be a seed-stage startup with a minimum viable product (MVP) and initial user traction.


  1. Application Process – Until 31 January
    Startups matching the application criteria can submit their candidacy through this website.
  2. Shortlisted Candidates – 10 February
    Pre-selected startups will be called in for an interview in order to advance to the next stage.
  3. Finalists Announcement – 20 February
    10 startups will be invited to participate in the Investment Readiness Program and 5 of them will attend the Seedstars Summit.
  4. Global Seedstars Summit – 3 April
    The 5 startups will join a 3-day bootcamp with mentors and investors at the Seedstars Summit. Moreover, one final global winner will be selected.
  5. Investment Readiness Program – Starting 1 May
    The 10 finalists will be invited to participate in a customisable educational program that will prepare them to raise funds.

Project Partners

The organisations that developed the Migration Entrepreneurship Prize

About the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and its Human Security Division (HSD)
The FDFA’s Human Security Division (HSD) is responsible for the promotion of peace and human rights as set out in the Federal Council’s foreign policy strategy. It focuses on the security of the individual and protecting people against violence, war and acts of arbitrary treatment. It works towards ensuring that policy on migrants and refugees is based on human dignity. The HSD is part of the Directorate of Political Affairs.

Seedstars – Empowering entrepreneurs in emerging markets
Seedstars – a Swiss-based private group of companies – with the mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. The groups’ activities cover over 80 emerging ecosystems through a variety of activities such as the largest startup competition Seedstars World, Seedstars Media, training and acceleration programs, Seedspace with physical hubs, venture capital investments, and company building activities.