After an international tour which has seen 80 successive national events and 5 regional finals (Africa, Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Middle East), the BEYOND SEEDSTARS SUMMIT World teams are now putting the head to Lausanne, for the flagship event of this 7th EDITION 2019-2020. For four days, start-ups that have distinguished themselves in their region will present their pioneering solutions to key entrepreneurs in emerging markets, in order to jointly build the economic expansion of these regions through technology and technology. ‘innovation.

Lausanne, Switzerland, January 15, 2020For immediate release – Seedstars officially announces the launch of the 7th edition of the Seedstars Summit. The event will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, from March 30 to April 3, 2020.

The Seedstars Summit is the final step in Seedstars World, the largest international competition for startups from emerging countries. Each year for six years, Seedstars teams have been traveling over 80 countries for 9 months, looking for the most promising young companies in their region. This year, 50 start-ups from Africa, Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East will have won their place in the international final where they will compete for the title of Seedstars Global Winner and an investment of up to $ 500,000, as well as other prizes offered by partners of the Seedstars Summit.

Seedstars also unveils its new theme for the year 2020: BEYOND, and sets itself the goal of pushing the technological, geographic, structural, cultural and ideological limits in order to galvanize these entrepreneurial ecosystems and support these daring business creators who are at the heart of the Seedstars mission. By bringing together more than 1,500 participants at the Swisstech Convention Center, the event aims to be a real catalyst for lasting change in emerging markets. Indeed, the Seedstars Summit is a real emulator of business and investment opportunities, and will bring together for this purpose its network of startups, investors, mentors, ambassadors, partners and key stakeholders.

The Seedstars Summit will also be an opportunity to highlight and strengthen the group’s initiatives launched over the past year. In 2019, various initiatives bringing structural aid to all the above-mentioned ecosystems were launched. Among them, Seedstars Africa Ventures, the investment fund for sub-Saharan Africa with a target size of $ 100 million, which will make it possible to carry out minority investments in the seed phase ranging from $ 250,000 to $ 5 million, across different sectors and countries. In parallel, the group launched its “Investment Readiness Program” (IRP), a tailor-made five-module training program aimed at reviewing the basics of the traditional accelerator model. The IRP aims to improve the performance of startups in the start-up phase and prepare them to secure investments. Registration is open from January 2020 on the website. The Seedstars group’s desire to highlight exceptional stories from entrepreneurs also came to life with the web episodes of Seedstars TV and its very first documentary Seedstars.

“The past year has been an impressive and exciting one for the Seedstars group. As we prepare to push these promising entrepreneurs to the forefront of the tech and innovation scene in Switzerland, we are eager to create more networking, investment and partnership opportunities. We’ve really tried to redefine the impact Seedstars could have on these ecosystems and our new theme, “Beyond”, sums up everything we aspire to. We really go beyond expectations by trying to remove all possible limitations, whether gender-based or financial, so that they can reach their full potential and impact millions of lives in emerging marketsSays Alisée de Tonnac, Founder and Partner at seedsrars.

The Summit will last four days with: – 48 hours of intensive private Bootcamp. Startups will learn both theoretical and practical aspects of various growth models and acquisition channels, thanks to the expertise of the Seedstars investment team and its partners. – The following day, April 2, the Investor Forum will offer the possibility of individual meetings between investors, mentors and entrepreneurs from around the world. – On April 3, the main day of the conference, networking sessions and thematic workshops will be organized in the morning, followed in the afternoon by the pitches of finalist startups, interventions by experienced entrepreneurs and Seedstars alumni, and finally price discounts. In closing, the jury will announce the Seedstars Global Winner among the 50 participating startups, in front of a thousand participants. A cocktail will then crown the festivities to allow everyone to meet one last time to exchange and celebrate entrepreneurship and close this 2020 edition.

The Seedstars Summit 2020 could not take place without the constant support of major Swiss institutions and long-standing partners such as the Service for the Promotion of the Economy and Innovation (SPEI), CVCI, Lausanne Region, City of Lausanne , and the federal organizations that are Presence Switzerland and the Human Security Division (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, FDFA). Through


elsewhere, Trecc and the Jacobs Foundation are key partners working with Seedstars in the field, and will once again offer a prize to the best education startup, with the support of HEG Friborg. Finally, new impactful partnerships have been set up to find solutions to the most pressing challenges, in particular with MADA (Qatar Assistive Technology Center).

For more information on the Seedstars Summit 2020, ‘super early birds’ tickets (available throughout January) and partnership opportunities, please visit our site.

ABOUT SEEDSTARS “They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we were seeds” – Mexican proverb Seedstars is a private group of companies based in Switzerland, whose mission is to have a positive impact on the lives of emerging market citizens through technology and entrepreneurship. The group’s activities extend over more than 80 emerging ecosystems thanks to the organization of various events such as Seedstars World Competition, acceleration programs, physical hubs (Seedspace), investments and business support .


Seedstars World is the biggest startup competition in emerging markets. For the past six years, Seedstars teams have gone in search of the best early stage startups in 65+ countries, organizing 100+ events during successive 9-month round-the-world trips. A winner is selected to represent each country visited, and is invited to attend one of the 5 Regional Summits, each bringing together all the local winners from their region to meet investors, mentors and large companies. Local winners also win the right to represent their country at the Seedstars Summit, the final of the competition taking place in Switzerland, during which startups compete to win up to $ 500,000 in investment. The Seedstars Summit is the major event of Seedstars, composed of thematic workshops, panels and pitches bringing together the players who matter in the emerging markets.

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