Seedstars, a Swiss-based company that brings together key stakeholders focused on driving technological change in emerging markets, is launching a new Seedstars hub in Cape Town, just one month after opening their first Seedspace in Cairo, Egypt.
Entrepreneurs based at the new Seedspace will have access to the largest community of change makers in emerging markets worldwide. This community, which Seedstars has been building for the past five years, includes different stakeholders from investors to mentors, incubators, accelerators, governmental entities and others.
Seedspace will become the place where Seedstars deploys the support provided by this community in their different stages of business (idealisation, seed, early-stage and scaling). These startup-centred hubs will increase their number of events, programmes and trainings, with Seedstars as well as other partners.
The flagship plans for Seedspace will be tailor-made ‘startup packages’, including many benefits that fit their needs at these different stages.
“For a long time we’ve been active in the Cape Town ecosystem, organising our Seedstars World startup pitch competition and engaging with ecosystem actors like Spin Street House, which played a vital role in our settlement in the city. Now, by fusing this local hub with Seedspace globally we aim to consolidate our activities in Cape Town and South Africa, providing the local ecosystem not just with a space, but also access to a robust international community,” said Head of Operations at Seedspace, Romulo Navarrete.
“Spin Street House has been a major player in the industry for many years and has enabled a solid community around it. Being community focused just like Seedspace, it made great sense that we joined forces to provide a greater impact to the members as well as adding Cape Town to the Seedspace global map,” continued Navarrete.
The event will bring a number of impressive speakers together, including Ambassador of Switzerland to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia and Swaziland, Helene Budliger Artieda; Founding Partner at Entrepreneur Traction, Vuyisa Qabaka; Founder of EMGuidance, Dr Yaseen Khan (the winner of both Seedstars World South Africa 2017 and Merck Healthtech Prize at the Seedstars Global Summit 2018); Regional Manager for Africa at Seedstars, Claudia Makadristo; and Co-founder of Spin Street House and Experience Manager at Seedspace, Nathan Heller.
Currently, Seedspace has eight hubs: two in Geneva, Switzerland (La Chevillarde and La Praille); one in Lagos, Nigeria; another one in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; one in Cape Town, South Africa; two in Colombia (Bogota and Medellin), and one recently opened in Cairo, Egypt.
“We aim to have 15 hubs around the world by the end of 2018,” said Navarrete.
“This expansion is pivotal so that we can bring more impact to local ecosystems while interconnecting the different locations, creating access to an international community of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and corporates interested in innovation,” concluded Navarrete.