The entrepreneurship forum for emerging markets is coming to Tanzania, gathering the most prominent players in the fields of technology, entrepreneurship and impact investment under the same roof for a three-day groundbreaking forum, filled with think-tank sessions, themed panels, and mentoring sessions, among other activities.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, October 22nd, 2018 – Seedstars World [SSW], the largest startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, is hosting the fourth edition of the annual Seedstars Africa Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from December 11th to 13th, aiming to bridge the gap between ecosystem and connect regional stakeholders to promote tech entrepreneurship as a way to impact people’s lives. Tickets can be bought at the event website here (early-bird prices available until November 15th!).
Seedstars Africa Summit will last for three days. The kick-off? Seedstars Growth Bootcamp, an opportunity for the participating startups to meet the most relevant mentors in fields like growth hacking, inbound marketing, and fundraising preparation. On the 12th, the Investor Forum will take place, with one-on-one meetings between key investors and entrepreneurs. On that same day, Seedstars will guide an invitation-only Ecosystem Tour, consisting of meeting the entrepreneurs and organizations that shape ‘Silicon Dar’s growth and influence.
The Summit’s climax will be the Conference on the 13th of December, featuring the startup pitches and keynotes with top-notch entrepreneurs. There will also be time for some high-level networking to connect the main ecosystem shapers, get an accurate vision of the continent tech scene and change the African narrative positively.
“In 2017, we managed to bring together more than 400 attendees, between entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, mentors, government authorities and startup enthusiasts. We organized around 232 one-on-one meetings between startups, mentors and investors and we felt overwhelmed by the positive feedback we had from all attendees. This year we aim to grow and offer a unique disruptive hands-on experience to 500 participants!”, says Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa at Seedstars.
The Summit is also an excellent occasion for stakeholders to network and learn from each other in an informal way. The Seedstars Expansion Program, organized in partnership with the Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation (SPEI) from Canton de Vaud (Switzerland), in collaboration with Innovaud, CVCI and Lausanne Région is supporting early-stage startups based in Vaud to enable and implement their expansion in fast-growing economies and is bringing three startups to Seedstars Africa Summit. It will be a unique opportunity to exchange experiences, network and know more about how these startups are adjusting to their own markets and what they expect and plan in terms of their future in the region.
“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” – Mexican proverb
Seedstars is a Swiss-based group with the mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. Seedstars connects stakeholders, builds companies from scratch with public and private partners and invests in high-growth startups within these ecosystems. Seedstars aims at fostering impact investing and impact entrepreneurship over the world. Through different activities, that range from startup scouting, events organization to company building and acceleration programs, Seedstars has built the world’s biggest community of changemakers in emerging markets. Seedstars group includes the largest startup competition in emerging markets (Seedstars World Competition), the Entrepreneurship Forum for Emerging Markets (Seedstars Summit), physical entrepreneurs hubs (Seedspace), acceleration programs (Seedstars Growth), teaching & training programs (Seedstars Academy) and an investment entity with a startup lab and a fund (Seedstars Investments). Some of Seedstars main partners are Enel (Energy), School of Management Fribourg (HEG Fribourg) & TRECC – Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities (Education), BBVA (Finance), Tag Heuer (Fempreneurship, Time Saving and Innovation), Merck (Health) and Continental (Mobility).
ABOUT SEEDSTARS WORLD COMPETITION
Seedstars World is the world’s largest startup competition in emerging markets. It has been five years now that Seedstars Team takes off every year for a 9-month world tour and scouts for the best early-stage startups in 65+ countries, organizing 100+ events. One winner is selected to represent each country visited, and is invited to attend one of the 5 Regional Summits, reuniting all local winners of each region to network with regional investors, mentors and corporates. Local winners are also awarded the chance to represent their countries at the Seedstars Summit, the competition final happening in Switzerland, where startups compete for up to $1Mn in investment. The Seedstars Summit is the flagship event of Seedstars, filled with breakout sessions, panel discussions, specialized workshops and the best minds from emerging markets.