By @SimonCocking. We featured the work of Seedstars last year. They have now announced their annual Summit under the theme Billion. Seedstars Summit will take place March 3rd, 2016, Swiss Tech Convention Center at EPFL, Lausanne.

The program includes conferences, talks and workshops about how to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through entrepreneurship and technology. The highlight of the event is the final ceremony of the Seedstars World competition, where up to USD 1 million of equity investment will be awarded to the winners of the investment tracks.

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 takes place on March 3rd where the “Seedstars World Global Winner” is named and receives 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 startup enthusiasts are expected to join for an amazing experience in Switzerland.

More than 3’000 startups 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.


All 54 finalists are coming to Switzerland to participate in a two day bootcamp where international investors & mentors from top accelerators like The Founder’s Institute and 500 startups, from business strategy consultancies as well as top managers, such as Filippo Bonsanti, Director of Marketing Strategy at Ebay or Jose Achache, Managing Director at AP-Swiss, will coach them on their business model, pitching skills and growth strategy.

In addition to the final ceremony, where the Seedstars World Global Winner 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 changemakers 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.

In addition to the $500’000 investment track prize for the Seedstars World Global Winner 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.

Tickets on sale now!
The Summit is open to public. Final pass & Executive pass are available.

About Seedstars
“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” – Mexican proverb

Seedstars (seedstars.com) is a global organisation based in Switzerland with activities in more than 50 countries around the world. Its mission is to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through entrepreneurship and technology. The company’s goal is to develop and foster startup ecosystems by connecting, building and investing in driven entrepreneurs. Seedstars connects the best entrepreneurs with investors, corporates and media, and helps them to scale to new markets. They build companies by bringing together resources, talents and growth techniques, and eventually, invest in the most promising entrepreneurs. Sharing the values of trust, efficiency and diversity, Seedstars aims to support the whole entrepreneurial ecosystem from entrepreneurs to investors passing through governments and corporates.


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