Startups from 65 Countries to Compete for $1M at Seedstars Summit

Gasia Trtrian, Feb 13 2017

Seedstars Summit is taking place this April in Lausanne, Switzerland, combining panels, workshops and a competition for international startups.

The Summit will kick off with workshops and panels covering topics such as entrepreneurship, innovation, networking and others. Discussions will revolve around the latest technological advancements from emerging markets.

The highlight of the summit is the final worldwide startup competition giving away $1,000,000 in equity investment to the winning startup.

Out of 4,000 applicant startups, only 70 finalists will participate in a 2 day bootcamp, where they will receive coaching on their business models, pitching skills and growth strategy.

Seedstars Bootcamp

MENA startups will also be attending, among which is Dalil, the winner of Best Startup at Seedstars Algeria. Created by a visually impaired founder, Dalil is an object recognition and navigation system to assist the blind.

MakerBrane, maker system described as a 'digital and physical toolbox', is representating Lebanon at the worldwide startup competition. 

Investors and mentors from accelerators like The Founder’s Institute and 500startups, and firms such as eBay and Amazon, will coach these entrepreneurs who will have a shot at the prize money. 

Semi-finals will be held for startups to pitch and participate in sessions, and eliminate startups leaving only 12 Finalists for the final round on the second day of the summit.

Stage 2

The summit will also bring international speakers to the stage. Bob Collymore, CEO of telecommunication company Safaricom, and Kamran Elahian, a serial entrepreneur who built 10 companies, are two names out of many on the list.

Seedstars is expecting to get over 1,000 people, startups, investors, innovators and ecosystem enablers for the summit. This provides a good networking opportunity for professionals and innovators in the field.




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