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Seedstars World Competition 2018 for High Growth Startups & Entrepreneur

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Seedstars World Competition 2018 for High Growth Startups & Entrepreneur.
Seedstars World Competition 2018 for High Growth Startups & Entrepreneur
Applications are now accepted from high growth startups and entrepreneurs for the 2018 Seedstars world competition. The deadline for submission of applications for Seedstars Africa Startup Competition varies per country (details available at the end of the article).
On the 2018 edition of the tour, Seedstars Africa regional team will
visit 20+ cities across Sub-Saharan Africa, hosting bootcamps and pitch
competitions. Countries such as Mauritius and Zambia, amongst others,
will host local competitions for the first time, enlarging the impact of
Seedstars mission in the continent.
Local winners will be invited
to represent their country at the Regional Summit in Africa and win an
all-inclusive trip to Switzerland, to introduce their startup to some of
the world’s most prominent investors and executives and enjoy the
opportunity to win up to $1mln in equity investments and additional
prizes.

Why compete for Seedstars World Competition?

Seedstars World Competition Equity Investment:

There
is a prize package consisting of up to $ 1Million 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 500 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.

Seedstars World Competition Time investment:

If you get selected for a city event:
  • 1 day for the Bootcamp hosted 2 – 3 days before the event
  • 1 day for the Local Event
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If you win the Seedstars World Competition:

7 days, that includes:
  • online application
  • preparing for pitching event
  • coaching
  • traveling and attending the events.

Seedstars World Competition Eligibility.

The
companies selected to pitch at the Seedstars local events need to be
less than 2 years old, have raised less than USD 500,000 in funding and
have built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction. 

The
Seedstars World team is searching for one additional criterion – the
startup’s regional and global scalability. With a strong network of
regional partners such as Merck, SPECo, Enel or Continental, Seedstars
World is looking for smart startups that are addressing underlying
social challenges in their home countries and developing profitable
products for the global market, to support their regional businesses and
growth.

Applications are open here for startups in Algeria,
Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde,
Central African Rep, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Dem. Rep. Congo, Djibouti,
Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana,
Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya,
Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique,
Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Reunion, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principe,
Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan,
Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwes.

Application Guideline for Seedstars World Competition.

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 22 local events in Africa through the online form.

Seedstars World Competition 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. 

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The event brings together key entrepreneurs, investors, corporates and
institutions from the local ecosystem combined with a unique global
Seedstars World flavor. 

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 $ 1 Million in equity investment and more in
cash and in-kind prizes.

Seedstars World Competition 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 1000,000 mln investment on offer to the winning startup and
additional money prizes!

DATES AND DEADLINES FOR 2018 Seedstars World Competition.

Country City Registration Deadline Event date
Zimbabwe Harare June 18 Jun 29
Ghana Accra July 2 Jul 13
Rwanda Kigali July 9 Jul 20
Zambia Lusaka July 23 Aug 3
Nigeria Abuja July 23rd Aug 3
Kenya Nairobi July 30 Aug 10
Nigeria Lagos (Finals) August 6 Aug 17
Uganda Kampala August 13 Aug 24
Senegal Dakar August 27 Sep 7
Botswana Gaborone Sept 3 Sep 14
Ivory Coast Abidjan Sept 3 Sep 14
Tanzania Dar Es Salaam Sept 10 Sep 21
DRC Kinshasa Sept 10 Sep 21
Guinee Bissau Bissau Sept 16 Sep 27
Mozambique Maputo Sept 17 Sep 28
South Africa Johannesburg Sept 24 Oct 5
Cameroon Douala October 1 Oct 12
Angola Luanda October 1 Oct 12
Gambia Banjul October 3 Oct 15
South Africa Cape Town October 8 Oct 19
Mali Bamako October 9 Oct 20
Mauritius Saint Louis October 15 Oct 26
South Africa South Africa Finals October 22 Nov 2
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