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.
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
- 1 Why compete for Seedstars World Competition?
- 2 Seedstars World Competition Time investment:
- 3 Seedstars World Competition Eligibility.
- 4 Application Guideline for Seedstars World Competition.
- 5 Seedstars World Competition Pitching events:
- 6 Seedstars World Competition Final Event:
- 7 DATES AND DEADLINES FOR 2018 Seedstars World Competition.
Why compete for Seedstars World Competition?
Seedstars World Competition Equity Investment:
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:
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:
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:
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:
- 1 day for the Bootcamp hosted 2 – 3 days before the event
- 1 day for the Local Event
If you win the Seedstars World Competition:
- online application
- preparing for pitching event
- traveling and attending the events.
Seedstars World Competition Eligibility.
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.
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
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.
Seedstars World Competition Pitching events:
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 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:
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|