The top three startups from Soweto that advance to the grand finale are UmoyAir Communications, who provide free calls from mobile phones to any number without airtime or data, Riovic, a digital and P2P insurance platform backed by a crowdfunded marketplace and Sortd, a communication-centric organizer that transforms email and instant messaging into a set of organized to-do lists.
The top three startups will be invited to Johannesburg where they will compete with the best startups from Cape Town and Durban, 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, with the possibility of winning up to USD 1 million in equity investment.
“This was the last South African event before we invite the 9 best startups from across the country to our grand final in Johannesburg on June 30th. Soweto impressed us with their innovative startups that tackle real issues across the country and the continent and we’re confident that they have what it takes to take the win home on June 30th.” says Marcello Schermer, Regional Manager for Africa.
Continuing on its world tour of startup ecosystems in emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, Seedstars World’s next stop is Johannesburg, where winners of the preselection in Cape Town, Durban and Soweto will be invited to compete at the grand final to become the national winner of South Africa.
The Seedstars World South Africa final event in Johannesburg will take place on Friday, June 30th from 4-9PM. Tickets are limited and attendees can register here.