Following their win of the South African leg of the Seedstars World competition last year, mobile medicines resource startup, Essential Medical Guidance (EMGuidance), will be joining 65+ other handpicked startups from around the globe for the final leg of the competition.

The grand finale of Seedstars World, the largest emerging markets startup competition, will take place during Seedstars Summit 2018 on 12th April at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland.

EMGuidance is one of five finalists of the Med tech & Biotech category; the others are: Multidoctores, a chat and telemedicine platform that allows doctors to communicate with their patients while giving accessible consultations to people (from Ecuador); BabyMoon, a platform which enables parents to clearly communicate the health of their child to doctors and understand how to optimise their parenting (from Moldova); GenLives, a platform that brings genomic medicine closer to physicians and patients, providing doctors with a platform to support rare diagnosis interpretation & patient care (from Uruguay); and RehabGlove, an affordable glove that assists patients in post-stroke hand rehabilitation by providing supportive forces and using virtual reality for various psychological therapies (from Georgia ).

The other handpicked startups taking part in the competitions represent a wide variety of verticals, from Fin-tech to Ed-tech, Agri-tech, Insure-tech, Clean-tech and High/Nano-tech.

All of the contestants will compete for different prizes and the title of Seedstars Global Winner, qualifying to win up to $1M in equity investment.

The event will also attract startups enthusiasts, investors, business angels, government officials, incubators, NGOs and journalists from all over the world for an international and unique hands-on networking experience.

84% of the world’s population is located in emerging markets and 59% of global GDP comes from these markets. Realising that these figures represent opportunities to impact billions of lives, Seedstars has been connecting with the digital change makers of the emerging world, to provide them with access to high growth opportunities. That is why, with the help of partners such as Enel, HEG Fribourg & TRECC (Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities program, part of the Jacobs Foundation), BBVA, Tag Heuer, Merck KGaA and CVCI (Chambre Vaudoise du Commerce et de l’Industrie), the fifth edition of Seedstars Summit will be celebrated with the purpose to address crucial questions: where do we want to be five years from now regarding technology and innovation? How will the entrepreneurship from fast-growing markets impact the world economy?

Over 70 experts from world renowned companies will spend two days (Monday and Tuesday) mentoring the selected entrepreneurs, providing them with in-depth insights and business mentorship. 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, several workshops will happen in the morning and in the afternoon, key speakers will take the stage to inspire attendees with their words and lead insightful discussions on the future of innovation in emerging markets, and the Global winner will be announced.

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