After a successful Seedstars World tour across 80+ countries and five regional Summits in Africa, Asia, CEE, LATAM, MENA, the leading startup competition is heading to Lausanne for its grand finale. For four days, emerging market’s key entrepreneurship stakeholders will gather to foster change and sustainable innovation.
Lausanne, CH, January 8, 2020 – For immediate Release – Seedstars, the leading emerging market startup community and investor, is officially announcing its global Seedstars Summit 2020. The 7th edition of the event will occur in Lausanne, Switzerland from March 30 to April 3rd, 2020.
The Seedstars Summit is the final step of Seedstars World, the world’s largest startup competition in emerging markets. For the past six years, the Seedstars teams have been scouting for the best early-stage startups by travelling around 80+ countries for 9 months. This year,the event will showcase the 48 most promising startups from emerging economies in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. They are competing for the title of Seedstars Global Winner and up to $500K in equity investment, and additional prizes will be granted by Seedstars partners.
In 2020, as Seedstars unveils a new theme for the Summit, all teams will focus on how to serve, galvanize entrepreneurial ecosystems and go beyond borders, limitations, structural challenges, financial constraints, and prejudice. The event will continue to be a driving force for sustainable change in emerging markets, bringing together over 1500 participants at the Swiss Tech Convention Center (EPFL campus).
As a catalyst to facilitate best business and investment opportunities, the global Seedstars Summit will gather its network of startups, investors, mentors, ambassadors, partners and key stakeholders.
A four-day event, the Summit will launch with a 2-day Bootcamp, where startups will receive a mix of theoretical and practical content, with input provided by the Seedstars investment team and its partners, all experts in growth models and acquisition channels. The following day, one-on-one meetings between key investors, mentors, and entrepreneurs will take place during the Investor Forum.
April 3rd, the main conference day, will host networking sessions, industry-themed pitch sessions and/or workshops in the morning. During the afternoon, the mainstage will feature startup pitches, keynotes from industry leaders and Seedstars alumni, as well as prize announcements. For the grand finale, the global Seedstars winner will be selected among the 48 startups and announced on stage.
To top it off, there will be a closing cocktail where all attendees will be able to connect and celebrate entrepreneurship.
The Summit will also be an opportunity to showcase and strengthen Seedstars initiatives launched throughout the past year. In 2019 alone, the group launched several initiatives to deliver in-depth support to all involved ecosystems including Seedstars Africa Ventures, a sub-Saharan Africa fund targeting $100mn to make early-stage minority investments from USD 250,000 to USD 5 million in the most promising and innovative ventures across sectors and countries.
Also, the Investment Readiness Program (IRP), a five-module education program challenging the traditional acceleration model by creating a custom-made mix, is relaunching to improve early-stage startups performance and get them ready to secure investment. Next batch of the IRP starts in January 2020 and application are open on the website.
The Seedstars group dedication to telling exceptional entrepreneurs stories also took a life of its own with the Seedstars TV webisodes and the very first Seedstars documentary.
“The past year has been impressive and exciting for the Seedstars group. As we are getting ready to bring these promising entrepreneurs to the forefront of the technology & innovation scene in Switzerland, we are looking forward to creating more networking, investment & partnership opportunities. We really tried to redefine the impact Seedstars could have on these ecosystems and our new theme, “Beyond”, sums up everything we stand for. We are truly going above and beyond as we try to dissolve all possible limitations, whether gender-based or financial, so they can reach their full potential and impact millions of lives in emerging markets.” says Alisée de Tonnac, CEO & Partner at Seedstars.
The global Seedstars Summit could not be possible without the continuous support of Switzerland’s key institutions; from long term collaboration with the Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation (SPEI), CVCI, Lausanne Region, City of Lausanne to the support of federal entities like Presence Switzerland & the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs’ (FDFA), Human Security Division (HSD). Additionally, key partners have worked with Seedstars on the ground such as the Jacobs Foundation and will provide a valuable grant again to the best Education startup with the support of HEG Fribourg. Additionally, new impactful partnerships have been formed to tackle today’s most pressing challenges, namely with Mada (Qatar Assistive Technology Center).
For more information about Seedstars Summit 2020, super early-bird tickets (until the end of January) and partnership opportunities, please visit our website.
“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” – Mexican proverb
Seedstars is a Swiss-based private group of companies with a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. The groups’ activities cover over 80 emerging ecosystems through a variety of events such as the Seedstars World Competition, acceleration programs, physical hubs called Seedspace, venture capital investments and company building activities.
ABOUT SEEDSTARS WORLD COMPETITION
Seedstars World is the world’s largest startup competition in emerging markets. For the past six years, Seedstars Teams have travelled across the globe for a 9-month world tour to scout for the best early-stage startups in 80+ countries, organizing 100+ events. One winner has been selected to represent each country visited, and is invited to attend one of the 5 Regional Summits, reuniting all local winners of each region to network with regional investors, mentors and corporates. Local winners are also awarded the chance to represent their countries at the Seedstars Summit, the competition’s final happening in Switzerland, where startups compete for up to $500,000 in investment. The Seedstars Summit is the flagship event of Seedstars, filled with breakout sessions, panel discussions, specialized workshops and the best minds from emerging markets.