Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, is kicking off its tour this week in Cape Town. The event will take place at Workshop 17 (Attendees can register here for free) with the startups to pitch to a panel of judges. The top three startups will be invited to Johannesburg where they will compete with the best startups of Durban and Soweto, of which one will be crowned the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars World South Africa 2016. The South African competition is carried out with the support of Standard Bank, who will further support the startups on their path to success.
The 10 startups that are selected to participate at the Seedstars World pitching event are:
“Year over year, Cape Town is bringing its best foot forward and showcases the incredible variety and diversity, but also quality of companies that are being built right here in Cape Town. We are very much looking forward to be inspired by the pitches on May 27th,” says Marcello Schermer, Regional Manager for Africa.
“In order to provide local entrepreneurs with this opportunity and aiming to deliver the best possible event, Seedstars World is closely working with Standard Bank as we continue to support entrepreneurs with their growth and development needs through incubation programmes in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town,” says Jayshree Naidoo, Head of the Standard Bank Incubator.
In addition, Entrepreneur Traction will act as the local ambassador across the continent and will represent the initiative throughout the year. Other partners include local and international organisations, such as Omidyar Network, Payfast and Seedspace. In addition, Seedstars World is working with the Jacobs Foundation this year, who will award USD 50.000 to the best global education startup.
The event will take place on Friday, May 27th from 4-9PM, tickets are free and attendees can register here.
"They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds." - Mexican proverb
Seedstars (seedstars.com) is a global organisation based in Switzerland with activities in more than 50 countries around the world. Its mission is to impact people's lives in emerging markets through entrepreneurship and technology. The company's goal is to develop and foster startup ecosystems by connecting, building and investing in driven entrepreneurs. Seedstars connects the best entrepreneurs with investors, corporates and media, and helps them to scale to new markets. They build companies by bringing together resources, talents and growth techniques, and eventually, invest in the most promising entrepreneurs. Sharing the values of trust, efficiency and diversity, Seedstars aims to support the whole entrepreneurial ecosystem from entrepreneurs to investors passing through governments and corporates.