Seedstars, the global organization with the mission of impacting people’s lives in emerging markets through entrepreneurship and technology, launched its fourth edition of the Seedstars World competition in 2016, backed by an international team of 15 members.
They have covered 65+ countries and regions, scouting for the best startups around the world and all 65 finalists have been selected to participate in a three days bootcamp followed by the famous Semi-Finals & Finals. The Seedstars Summit and final ceremony, which is open to public, will take place on April 6th whereby the “Seedstars World Global Winner” will be named and receive up to USD 500’000 in equity investment.
Other sectors such as fintech and edtech will also be rewarded with equity investments and grants. The event is expecting around a thousand entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate executives, business angels, government officials, journalists and startup enthusiasts to join for an amazing experience in Switzerland.
Some of the past winners are Simple Pay Nigeria (2013 winner), Giraffe from South Africa (last year’s winner). This year, Kangpe will be representing Nigeria in Switzerland. Kangpe is a service that allows patients discuss health issues quickly and confidentially with verified doctors 24/7 via SMS, Mobile App or Web within minutes.
Today, there are over 4 billion people without access to the Internet, which in my language means 4 billion potential consumers, opportunities and connected citizens.
– Alisée de Tonnac, CEO Seedstars World.
The underlying theme of the Summit this year will be Billions. The idea is to discuss how technology and entrepreneurship can impact billions of people’s lives. “Today, there are over 4 billion people without access to the Internet, which in my language means 4 billion potential consumers, opportunities and connected citizens. In the next 4 years alone, nearly half a billion people will come online for the first time. Venturing a bit further into the future, by 2020, 8 out of 10 smartphones will be located in emerging markets. Emerging Markets are at the center of the map!”, explains Alisée de Tonnac, CEO Seedstars World.
Watch the recap of the Seedstars Summit 2016 below