This forum dedicated to entrepreneurship in emerging countries will take place this year in Tanzania. It will bring together the major players in tech, entrepreneurship and impact investing under one roof for three days of forum at the forefront of these topics on the African continent: brainstorming sessions, thematic panels and mentoring sessions will be on program? among other activities.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, October 22, 2018 – Seedstars World [SSW], the largest startup competition for emerging markets and high-growth tech ecosystems, will hold the fourth edition of its Seedstars Africa Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 11 to 13 December 2018. With this summit, Seedstars aims to bridge the gap between different ecosystems and connect regional actors to promote entrepreneurship and technology as a way of positively impacting people’s lives. . Tickets can be purchased from the event site here (early bird prices available until November 15)!
The Seedstars Africa Summit will last three days. The kickoff will be given by the Seedstars Growth Bootcamp, a great opportunity for participating startups to meet the most relevant mentors in areas such as growth hacking, marketing and fundraising preparation. On the 12th, the Investor Forum will be held, allowing entrepreneurs to meet individual key investors. On the same day, Seedstars will organize a guided tour of the Tanzanian entrepreneurial ecosystem, allowing the invited participants to meet the actors (entrepreneurs, hubs, accelerators, …) who shape and influence the ‘Silicon Dar’ today.
The highlight of the Summit will be the December 13th Conference, which will feature prominent African entrepreneurs and their journeys, and allow selected startups to pitch their project to a diverse audience of investors, large groups, experts, peer entrepreneurs, and other key players in African tech ecosystems. The Conference of 13 will also be an opportunity for these actors to meet and discuss their vision of the continent’s entrepreneurial scene, to positively change the African narrative!
“In 2017, we managed to bring together more than 400 participants: entrepreneurs, large companies, investors, mentors, public actors and startup enthusiasts. Our balance sheet? approximately 232 individual meetings between our startups and mentors and investors! We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback from all participants. This year, our ambition is to grow and offer a concrete and unique experience to more than 500 participants! Claudia Makadristo, Regional Director for Africa at Seedstars.
The Summit is also an excellent opportunity for the various stakeholders to meet and exchange informally. The Seedstars Expansion Program, organized in partnership with the Office of Economic Affairs and Innovation (SPEI) of the canton of Vaud (Switzerland), in collaboration with Innovaud, CVCI and the Region of Lausanne, supports start-ups in the start-up phase based in the canton of Vaud and helps them to establish themselves in emerging economies with strong growth. Three start-ups from the canton of Vaud will therefore be present at the Seedstars Africa Summit, and will be able to share their experience and their network with the participants, and discuss their expansion project in the region.
“They tried to bury us, but they did not know we were seeds” – Mexican proverb
Seedstars is a Swiss company whose mission is to positively impact the lives of emerging market citizens through technology and entrepreneurship, with a focus on the UN’s sustainable development goals. Seedstars connects key players in entrepreneurial ecosystems, builds businesses from A to Z with public and private partners, and invests in high-growth startups within these ecosystems. Seedstars aims to promote entrepreneurship and impact investing around the world. Thanks to its various activities ranging from start-up identification and event organization to business creation and acceleration programs, Seedstars has managed to build the largest community of actors over the years. change in emerging markets.
The Seedstars group includes the largest emerging markets startup competition (Seedstars World Competition), the Emerging Markets Entrepreneurship Forum (Seedstars Summit), physical spaces dedicated to entrepreneurship all over the world (Seedspace) , Seedstars Growth programs, training programs (Seedstars Academy) and a legal investment entity coupled with a fund and a startup laboratory (Seedstars Investments). The main partners of Seedstars are, among others, Enel (energy), the Freiburg School of Management (HEG Friborg) and TRECC – Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities (Education), BBVA (Finance), Tag Heuer (Female Entrepreneurship, Economies) time, and innovation), Merck (Health) and Continental (Mobility).
ABOUT THE SEEDSTARS WORLD COMPETITION
Seedstars World is the world’s largest startup competition in emerging markets. For the past five years, the Seedstars team has been traveling every year for a nine-month global tour looking for the best start-up companies in more than 65 countries, hosting more than 100 events. A winner is selected in each country to represent him at one of the 5 regional summits, bringing together all local winners from each region to meet investors, mentors, and large regional companies. Local winners are also offered the opportunity to represent their countries at the Seedstars Global Summit, the final of the competition held in Switzerland during which the winner earns an investment of up to $ 1 million. The Seedstars Global Summit is Seedstars’ flagship event, where leading emerging market players gather around roundtables, panels, and thematic workshops.