After a year-long pursuit of roaming the world and analyzing startup ecosystems in fast growing economies, Seedstars presents the grand finale of Seedstars World, the largest emerging markets startup competition.
For its fifth anniversary, the global summit will be gathering over 65 handpicked startups coming from Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Spanning a wide variety of verticals, from fintech to edtech, med/biotech, agritech, insuretech, cleantech and nanotechnology, the summit will take place at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland to compete for different prizes and the title of Seedstars Global Winner. Winners will receive up to $1M in equity investment, $500K of which will be awarded to the Seedstars Global Winner only.
One thing in common among the participants is that they are all game-changers, innovators who are ready to tackle the industry challenges, and shape the future through technological impact on their community. Here you can find a list and short description about each one of them. Attendees will get to meet Seedstars MENA’s winners, including Junkbot, a Dubai-based startup which is pushing children to create their own robots through a DIY robotic kit, or Vision in Motion, our winner from Lebanon which provides businesses with insights on how their customers are moving, where they spend time and what they look at, from samples of their security cameras.
The summit will span over four days: April 9-12. Over 70 world-known experts will spend two days (Monday and Tuesday) mentoring the selected entrepreneurs, providing them with in-depth insights and business mentorship. The will be provate bootcamps. The Investor Forum will happen on Wednesday, when the startups will present their one minute pitches, and attend the one-on-one meetings with Swiss and international investors (curated by Seedstars), and when the 12 finalists will be announced.
On Thursday, the main Summit day on April 12, there are several workshops in the morning. Fedex will coordinate a workshop on the future of e-commerce and GSMA will conduct one about the collaboration between startups and telecom operators. In the afternoon, key speakers will take the stage to inspire attendees and lead insightful discussions on the future of innovation in emerging markets, and the Global winner will be announced.
Four keynote speakers are already confirmed: Gwendolyn Regina, who most recently spearheaded Mashable’s global expansion into Asia; award recipient, tech founder and CEO of AppsTech Rebecca Enonchong, representing Africa; Tallis Gomes, one of the most outstanding references for entrepreneurship in Latam and Gibran Huzaifah, the Seedstars World Alumni superstar that will join the Summit on its 5th anniversary. A fish-farmer-turned-agriculture-tech-entrepreneur, Gibran Huzaifah founded eFishery, the company that is revolutionizing the relatively untapped $5.4 billion-valued Indonesian aquaculture market.
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