Seedstars World has hired a lead for Africa and is setting up a regional office in Cape Town before it begins its 2015 tour, the company recently revealed.
The firm announced,”More than a month ago, we interviewed Lorena and Enrique, our team responsible for Latin America, and Julien and Kat, who are managing the Seedstars World events in Asia. You might have noticed that we kept a bit quiet regarding Africa and the reason is simple.
“We wanted to make sure we pick the best of the best. And we are happy to announce that just two weeks ago, we found our perfect fit! Please meet Marcello Schermer, who is soon to fly off to Cape Town to set up our regional office there.”
Marcello Schermer, the new Africa lead is not totally new to Africa. Two years ago he joined the StartupBus and later also AMPION and was part of the team organizing the hackathons across Africa.
As a Regional Manager Africa, Seedstars World, Schermer’s task will involve working with incubators, startups, investors and everyone in the startup ecosystem to ensure a smooth running of Seedstars World.
“My task is to coordinate and organize startup competitions across 12 cities Africa, identify and connect with relevant partners and raise the funds that are required to achieve our goal of pushing the startup ecosystem in emerging markets forward,” reads Schermer’s LinkedIn profile.
This year, Seedstars World will tour Maputo, Cape Town, Lagos, Accra, Abidjan, Dakar, Kampala, Kigali, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam and Gaborone.