We are committed to supporting seed-stage startups from emerging markets as we know how difficult it can be to raise funds in these ecosystems. We believe that $500k in funding is a great foundation to kick-start the creation of any sustainable tech solution aimed at improving people’s lives. We have travelled to 75+ countries throughout the year to select the most promising startups from Asia, Africa, MENA, CEE and Latam, which have all been offered two-way plane tickets to Switzerland where they will pitch their ideas in front of investors in order to win up to $500k in investments!
We know how hard it is for seed-stage startups in emerging markets to find sufficient funding. We’ve seen bootstrapping taken to the extreme with one founder even selling their house to fund their startup! Thankfully there are institutions looking to provide mentoring, access and financial support to top entrepreneurial talent in emerging markets.
We have partnered with Enel Green Power, perhaps the biggest producer of renewable energy, to search for the most innovative company fostering socio-economic development in rural Africa.
Together with BBVA, we will be sourcing FinTech, AI, Identity and Enterprise Banking startups in over 50 countries around the world to fast-track them for BBVA's Open Talent competition.
We have partnered with Merck in order to support startups focusing on life science, healthcare, and performance materials, by providing them office space in the Merck Innovation Centers, mentoring, coaching and financial support of up to €50,000.
In partnership with HEG Fribourg and TRECC, we are scouting for the most transformative startups in education. A prize in the value of USD 50k will be awarded to the winner to help them expand in new markets.
OmniUp was selected as the top woman led startup of 2015. Hublot awarded an emblematic Hublot watch to promote woman in business and technology.
A week in Switzerland, valuable connections, our favourite SaaS services for free, cool merchandise and more. There are benefits of Seedstars World you just can’t ignore!
The winning startup from each of our 65+ local events (and additional startups for each Investment Track) will be flown to Switzerland and lodged for the weeklong bootcamp, final event, conference and investment forum. It's an invaluable learning, networking and development experience with a value of over $6k.