5th Edition of Seedstars Summit Announced for April 12th in Lausanne

ArabNet Team, Feb 28 2018

Seedstars is proud to present the grand finale of Seedstars World, the largest emerging markets startup competition. For its fifth anniversary, Seedstars promises its best Summit to date, gathering 65+ handpicked startups from Central/Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

Spanning a wide variety of verticals, from Fintech to Ed-tech, Med/Bio-tech, Agritech, Insurtech, Cleantech and High/Nanotech, the startups will reunite in the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland to compete for different prizes and the title of Seedstars Global Winner, qualifying to win up to $1M in equity investment.

84% of the world’s population is located in emerging markets and 59% of global GDP comes from these markets. Did you know that by 2025 annual consumption in emerging markets will reach $30trn? And that two-thirds of the global growth is coming from emerging markets? Realizing that these figures represent opportunities to impact billions of lives, Seedstars has been connecting with the digital change makers of the emerging world, to provide them with access to high growth opportunities.

With the help of partners such as Enel, HEG Fribourg & TRECC, BBVA, Tag Heuer, Merck KGaA and CVCI, the 5th edition of Seedstars Summit will be celebrated with the purpose of addressing crucial questions such as: where do we want to be five years from now regarding technology and innovation? How will the entrepreneurship from fast-growing markets impact the world economy?

Last year, 2017 Seedstars Summit gathered more than 1000 attendees from across the world, around 60 startup finalists and 116 investors, who took part in more than 450 one-on-one meetings. Speakers such as Bob Collymore (CEO of Safaricom) and Alexander Galitsky, (Managing Partner of Almaz Capital) animated discussions around major themes of fast growing markets.

The Best Woman Entrepreneur prize was awarded to Monica Abarca from Peru for qAIRa, an air-pollution monitoring drone, whilst the most Innovative Startup prize was presented to PiQuant, a South Korean hardware startup dedicated to decreasing the harmful impact of chemicals in food. The highlight of the event was the crowning of Mario Jordan Fetalino II, CEO of Acudeen Technologies, as the winner of Seedstars Global.  

Though from different sectors, countries and industries, the selected international startups that have received a direct pass to Lausanne have a few things in common: they are all game-changers and innovators ready to tackle the industry challenges and shape the future through technological impact on their community. Here you can find a list and short description about each one of them.

Over 70 experts from world renowned companies will spend two days (April 9th and 10th) mentoring the selected entrepreneurs, providing them with in-depth insights and business mentorship. The Investor Forum will happen on April 11th, where startups will present their one minute pitches and attend one-on-one meetings with Swiss and international investors (curated by Seedstars), and where the 12 finalists will be announced.

On Thursday April 12th, the main Summit day, there will be several workshops in the morning. Two partnerships are already confirmed: Fedex will coordinate a workshop on the future of e-commerce and GSMA will conduct one about the collaboration between startups and telecom operators. In the afternoon, key speakers will take the stage to inspire attendees with their words and lead insightful discussions on the future of innovation in emerging markets, and the Global winner will be announced. 

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