Botswana’s best seed-stage startups to compete at the Seedstars Summit


On November 9th, around ten of Botswana’s best seed-stage startups will compete to represent the country at the Seedstars Summit and win up to USD one million in equity investments and other prizes.

Seedstars will be holding a dynamic pitch event on November 9th at 4 pm at the  Botswana Innovation Hub.

The companies selected to pitch at the Seedstars Gaborone event need to be less than two years old, have raised less than USD 500K in funding and built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction. The Seedstars team is searching for one additional criterion: the startup’s regional and global scalability.

Applications are open until October 29th and startups are invited to apply at After careful screening, the Seedstars team will shortlist around ten of the best seed-stage startups in Botswana to pitch on November 9th for the opportunity to compete at the Seedstars Summit, that annually takes place in Switzerland.

In order to provide local entrepreneurs with this opportunity and aiming to deliver the best possible event, Seedstars is closely working with Udugu Institute, who is representing the initiative in Botswana throughout the year. 

Seedstars is also working closely with Stanbic Bank, who are the main sponsors for the event. It’s Seedstars’ goal to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging markets, especially those targeting solutions that align with UN Sustainable Development Goals. With that in mind, Seedstars World is traveling to more than 65 countries to identify the most innovative seed-stage startups, awarding them the opportunity to win up to USD 1 million and network with investors and mentors from around the world at the global Seedstars Summit in Switzerland. Its previous participants have raised over USD 120mn collectively, employing more than 2.100 employees worldwide.

Selected startups will give a five-minute pitch in English, in front of a jury and members of the public. Members of the press are welcome to come and join the fun and should register on the above Seedstars Gaborone website as well!