Start-ups from all over the world to meet in Lausanne in March

29.01.2016 13:24

Seedstars World has announced the third Seedstars Summit. The program includes conferences, talks and workshops about how to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through entrepreneurship and technology. The winners of the global Seedstars Competition will be awarded with up to USD 1milion of equity investment.

Seedstars, the global organization with the mission of impacting people’s lives in emerging market through entrepreneurship and technology, launched its third edition of the Seedstars World competition in April 2015. The international team covered 54 countries, scouting for the best startups around the world and all 54 finalists have been selected to participate in a two day bootcamp, an Investor Forum and the Finals of Seedstars World.

The Seedstars Summit will take place on March 3rd whereby the "Seedstars World Global Winner" will be named and receive up to USD 500'000 in equity investment. The best startups in other sectors such as travel and space will also be rewarded with equity investments and grants. Around 1000 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate executives, business angels, government officials, journalists and start-up enthusiasts are expected to join for an amazing experience in Switzerland.

The Competition
More than 3’000 start-ups from Eastern and Central Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America applied to participate in Seedstars World this year. Since April 2015, four regional teams and expert local juries have selected the most promising startups in 54 cities from Jakarta to Santiago passing by Ramallah and Beirut. Here below the full list of cities visited in 2015.

The Summit and final ceremony
In addition to the final ceremony, where the Seedstars World GlobalWinner will be announced and receive up to USD 500k in equity investment, the aim of the Summit is to discuss how technology and entrepreneurship can impact billions of people’s lives.

 “Most people don’t really associate emerging markets to a billion of opportunities and we’re here to show them that these markets are already transforming into centres of innovation where talented people and change-makers grow” argues Alisée de Tonnac, CEO at Seedstars World. “BILLION” is the main theme of the Seedstars Summit this year. “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. Emerging Markets are at the center of the map!,” explains Alisée de Tonnac.

The Summit will kick off with several workshops covering a wide range of topics, such as “Women entrepreneurs rising”, “How can governments kickstart an ecosystem?” or “Takeoff: Exploring the next generation of the travel industry”.

During the final ceremony of Seedstars Summit apart from the final pitches, top speakers like Federico Lara, CTO at Bongo International, or Fabio Cannavale, CEO of lastminute.com group will share their ideas and insights about the latest trends in their respective fields and regions.

New track and prizes
In addition to the $500’000 investment track prize for the Seedstars World Global Winner, d a new track was added this year. This Travel investment track is powered by lastminute.com group, and they will invest up to USD 500'000 in the best travel startup, accelerating the startup’s growth with their industry know-how and long standing expertise in the industry. Inmarsat and AP-Swiss will also award a USD 50'000 grant to the best startup developing an application or services leveraging satellite technology. HUBLOT, the official Timekeeper, will reward the most innovative startup with a watch of considerable value of USD 20'000.

The Summit is open to public. Tickets are now on sale. More information on the website of Seedstars Summit.

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