The 3 wildcards include LenomaLegal, a female founded Legal eCommerce website with instant legal document download capability for business owners; Zlto, a digital rewards platform that incentivizes its users for postitive behaviors and Homefarm which brings users the healthiest leafy greens, effortlessly grown, from the comfort of your home.These 3 startups will join the winners from the Cape Town Satellite event EMG Technologies, GreenFingers Mobile, and mbora and the Johannesburg Satellite event CommuScore, Empty Trips Pty Ltd, Muzi and Invoiceworx.
In line with its mission to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging markets, Seedstars World is travelling to 80 countries this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to USD 500,000 and network with investors and mentors from around the world. Its previous participants have raised over USD 61M collectively, providing employment to more than 800 employees worldwide.
Moreover, Seedstars World has partnered with the Merck Accelerator on a regional level, in order to support seed-stage companies with a focus on the fields of healthcare, life science and performance materials. The most promising HealthTech startups will receive office space in the Merck Innovation Center in Kenya or Germany, mentoring and coaching on a regular basis and financial support of up to €50,000. In total, each prize package is worth around €200,000.
“We have been very pleased with the quality of the startups in Johannesburg and Cape Town. We want to give the opportunity to the rest of South African entrepreneurs to compete at Johannesburg finals thanks to the wild card. We look forward to finding the last competitors of this final which look already very promising” says Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa at Seedstars World.
You can RSVP to attend the final on https://www.seedstarsworld.com/event/Seedstars-SA-17 (limited spots left).
The event will take place at the Standard Bank Auditorium with the startups to pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to represent South Africa at the Global stage in Switzerland next year.