Seedstars World, the largest startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, is coming to South Africa for the fourth time to hold three pitching events.
The pitching events will take place on 19th October in Cape Town and 2nd November in Johannesburg, with the finals taking place on 14th November in Cape Town. Interested participants can click the relevant links above for more information.
After a careful screening, the Seedstars team will shortlist up to 10 of the best seed-stage startups in each city to give a three minute pitch in front of a jury made up of local startup heavyweights.
The top three from the Cape Town and Johannesburg satellite events will join the other competitors in Cape Town’s main event and compete to be the country winner. The winner will attend the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland, being awarded the opportunity to win up to USD 1mn and network with investors and mentors from around the world.
The companies selected to pitch at any of the events need to be less than two years old, have raised less than USD 500,000 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.
“Seedstars World is a platform that connects investors and stakeholders with the next generation of entrepreneurs. Since this will be our fourth time organising Seedstars World events in South Africa, the stakes are high and we are very excited,” said Regional Manager for Africa at Seedstars, Claudia Makadristo.
“We have been in this ecosystem for more than three years now and know there are companies in South Africa developing high-quality products. We are looking for the best and will take them with us to Switzerland in 2019,” continued Makadristo.
Seedstars will be working closely with PayFast, who is the local supporter for the initiative, across the three local events.
It is 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 travelling to more than 65 countries to identify the most innovative seed-stage startups and take them to Seedstars Africa Summit in Dar Es Salaam and global Seedstars Summit in Switzerland. Its previous participants have raised over USD 120mn collectively, providing employment to more than 2,100 employees worldwide.
With a network of international partners, such as Merck, SPECo and Enel the competition organisers are looking for smart startups that tackle regional issues and develop profitable and sustainable products for the global market.