On June 8th during Seedstars Durban, Guardian Angels, Vitls and You, Baby & I won the pre-selection round of Seedstars World and will advance to the South Africa grand final to compete with the best startups of the country on the 30th of June in Johannesburg at the Standard Bank Incubator in Rosebank.
Guardian Angel, a GPS tracking safety solution for children and pets, Vitls, a monitoring wearable medical device for vitals, and You, Baby & I, an online platform matching mongs to locations and interests. The other startups invited to pitch were Pocketpa, PicAdoo, X&Go, Wango, Digital Sauce.
The event took place past Wednesday at Mancosa, where 8 selected startups were invited to present their ideas in front of a jury panel. The South African competition is supported by Standard Bank, who will further support the startups on their path to success.
“It was an amazing evening and we enjoyed every second of it. There was a great energy in the room and we were very impressed with the innovative companies coming out of Durban. We are very excited to be one of the finalists and we are up for the challenge of facing off against South Africa’s best.” says Werner Vorster, Co-founder and CEO of Vitls.
The three startups will be invited to Johannesburg where they will compete with the best startups from Cape Town and Soweto (Gauteng), of which one will be crowned the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars World South Africa 2016.
As a part of the prize, the overall winner of South Africa will be participating at Seedstars Summit, taking place in Switzerland in April 2017, a weeklong training program with the opportunity to meet the other 60+ winners, as well as investors and mentors from around the world. Traditionally, the final day of the Summit will be dedicated to pitching in front of audience of 1000 attendees, with the possibility of winning up to the USD 1 million equity investment.