Become the next Seedstars Global Winner
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 80+ 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!
Global & Regional Prizes
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 his house to fund his startup! Thankfully there are institutions looking to provide mentoring, access and financial support to top entrepreneurial talent in emerging markets.
As technology can be the key to empowerment of people in many different industries, the Rising Tide Foundation will award the Empowerment Prize to the best start-up among the local Seedstars Competition Winners. The awardee will get to participate in the Seedstars Growth Program as well as receive equity investment.
Vaccine Delivery Challenge
Improving access to quality healthcare often comes down to performance and costs of logistics. We are scouting for innovative startups in this area in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A prize of 10,000 USD will be awarded to the winner to help develop his/her solution.
In partnership with Seedstars, Merck will look for the most promising tech company from emerging markets in the Life Science sector. The winner will get to participate to the Merk Acceleration program.
In partnership with School of Management Fribourg and TRECC, we are scouting for the most transformative tech startups in education. A prize in the value of USD 50,000 will be awarded to the winner to help him/her expand in new markets and make a bigger impact
As innovation is key for the disruption of any industry and for the achievement of more impact, we will award the most innovative start-up of the Seedstars World Competition local winners, a watch in partnership with Tag Heuer.
Malaria kills about 400 million every year. While institutional programs have been impactful, in emerging markets we still need to prevent and treat faster. In partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seedstars will award an innovative tech start-up developing a solution to face this pressing issue.
Public Prize by Vaud
In partnership with Seedstars, SPEI will allow the Summit attendees to vote for the best tech start-up among the Seedstars World Global Competition winners. The Winner will get a tech package from Logitech.
Explorer by Tag Heurer
Seedstars is looking for the most promising European tech company creating solutions for emerging markets. The winner have the chance to be selected for the Seedstars Growth Program, will be awarded a watch in partnership with Tag Heuer, and will get a tech package from Logitech.