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CEO Weekends: African Startups Among the top 20 Competing For Seedstars World $500,000

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1461725_552743651478929_845045306_nSet to be held on 4th of February at CICG, Geneva, the Seedstars World is an exclusive worldwide competition for seed stage startups seeking to reward the world’s best international start-up, which will take home $500k in funding.

Targeting emerging markets and fast growing startups scenes, the competition has been across 20 countries in ten months since it was launched. The 20 local winners will compete for the grand prize in front of a large crowd of investors and entrepreneurs from all around the world.

Emerging startup scenes focus

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Seedstars World focuses on fast-growing markets and emerging startup scenes because there are tremendous amounts of untapped opportunities and passionate entrepreneurs waiting to be discovered. We believe that entrepreneurs in emerging startup scenes deserve to be helped to reach their potential but unfortunately they don’t (yet) get much exposure and interest from the rest of the world.

Because Silicon Valley is not the only place in the world where talented entrepreneurs hide, we have created Seedstars World. Simply so all entrepreneurs no matter where they come from get the chance to thrive. Thus, many of the projects we’ve seen are fantastic, they have a viable business model that not only works in their local market but also may serve as a global product. Those, we believe, are the leading companies of tomorrow.

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A rigorous selection process

In each 20 countries around the world, an exclusive and one-day event was organized to allow the best-in-class startups per country to pitch their ideas. Thanks to the expertise and support of local advisors and regional partners (e.g. accelerators, incubators, startup organisations, VCs, etc.) we ensured only startups with the highest potential were called to register in these invitation-only events. Based on the applications received, up to 20 startups were selected to participate in our pitching event. The startups pitched their ideas in front of a regional jury (composed of local investors, successful entrepreneurs and partners) and at the end of the day, a regional winner was selected in each country in order to compete in the final event.

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The regional winners are receiving different prizes including a 3-day bootcamp in Lausanne supported by the State Department of Canton de Vaud and hosted by EPFL and IMD. Winning entrepreneurs will also benefit of: mentorship from the best entrepreneurs and investors, coaching from experts in their field and entry into accelerator programs all around Europe.

Final event

The final event will be held at the International Conference Center of Geneva (CICG) on February the 4th, and will be hosted by the world famous LIFT Conference. Gathering investors, entrepreneurs and students from all around the world, it will be a great opportunity for all regional winners to convince the worldwide jury of the viability of their project and find investment opportunities, potential clients and media coverage.

The event tickets are available here (single tickets) or here (pack with LIFT Conference tickets).

Discover the local winners

Moscow – Wayray

WayRay is the newest multifunctional navigation system projecting Augmented Reality content right in front of the driver.

Dubai – Tourbud

TourBud is a web service for travelers, which allows you to find a person who can answer your questions.

Baku – Newo

NeWo users will be able to discover their surrounding simply by scanning items, buildings, words, locations and whatever they want with the camera and sensors of their smartphones.

Accra – Retail Tower

RetailTower, specializes in creating e-commerce marketing software that helps small and medium size online merchants promote their products and drive traffic through online shopping destination sites.

Kigali – FOYO

Application that sends daily SMS to subscribers of the composition of a balanced diet.

Lagos – SimplePay

SimplePay is Nigeria’s answer to secure online payment services.

Nairobi – Jooist

Jooist is a social gaming network for mobile phones that enables users to discover games, play with friends, compare scores and share achievements.

Capetown – Gust Pay

Gust is a quick and easy mobile payment experience that work in shops and at music events using smartphones and NFC wristbands.

Bangalore – Hacker Earth

HackerEarth provides a recruiting solution that combines an applicant tracking system with a skill assessment engine to help companies prevent wrong hires and reduce time wasted in interviews.

Bangkok – Splashpost

SplashPost helps you monetize your Facebook page by enabling you to post rich multimedia status updates right onto your fan’s news feed.

Singapore – NovaTap (dockphp)

A browser based tool to code websites Visually!

Hong Kong – Vimantra

Vimantra is a cloud video platform that brings interactive, connected and real time experiences for video broadcasting on all internet connected devices.

Beijing – JXJ Technologies

JXJ provides health service through sensor network and back stage platform, its terminal is a watch-like mobile phone with sensor embedded to monitor health condition based on China’s traditional pulse theory.

Seoul – Flitto

Flitto is an innovative crowdsourcing translation platform that gives you access to all kinds of contents in your native language.

Tokyo – Locarise

Locarise is an analytics service for bricks and mortar shops that collects anonymous Wi-Fi signals emitted by smart phones and aggregate them to deliver foot traffic metrics.

Sydney – Jayride

Jayride is the online marketplace for land passenger transport that aggregates and books transport with private suppliers. The only bookable transport data set available.

Mexico City – PingStamp

We provide a complete loyalty platform that helps small & medium merchants understand and reward customers who love their business.

Santiago – Totus Power

Schools lacking power in the 3rd world now have a battery power pack that is 10X cheaper & 6X more powerful and Totus Power is making this a reality by reusing Lithium Ion technology from electric cars.

Buenos Aires – Wideo

A “Do It Yourself” on-line tool to create animated videos and share feelings, ideas, products or knowledge with the world.


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Sam Wakoba
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Taking you on tour through Africa's tech and business ecosystem, one story at a time since 2010! Based out of Nairobi, Kenya, Sam is the founder and managing director of Moran Media, which runs  TechMoran.com, various other digital platforms and a startup incubation hub for Kenya's youthful entrepreneurs. Drop me a mail at [email protected]

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