When is it on?

The event will take place on April 6th at the Swiss Tech Convention Center in Lausanne.

How many years has it been going?

The Seedstars Summit 2017 marks the 4th edition of the event and of our global competition, which started in 2013 bringing together startups from 20 countries to get to this year’s edition gathering 65 startups from Africa, Asia, MENA, CEE and Latin America.

What was the inspiration to start it?

Opportunity to impact millions of people’s lives via technology and entreprenuership.

 What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version?

This year the Seedstars Summit will be bigger, better and even more impactful with startups from 60+ countries and 1000+ attendees from all over the world. This year our content and networking experience have been enhanced to give our attendees the best experience ever. The Summit is the only invite-only event that focuses entirely on the disruptive innovation coming from emerging markets.

The Summit will kick off with workshops and panels covering a wide range of topics from InsurTech to AgTech and Financial Inclusion. And in addition to the investment by Seedstars of up to USD 500’000 for the Seedstars World Global Winner, a chance for investment will be granted to the best FinTech startup, a grant of USD 50k will be awarded to the best EdTech startup while we’ll be rewarding the best startup in the IT and Software Solutions, as well as the Most Innovative startup and the Best Woman Entrepreneur of the Seedstars World 4th edition.

What opportunities are on offer for people / startups / investors and companies attending?

#1 Network potential:? our speakers include Bob Collymore,CEO of Safaricom, and one of the brains behind mobile currency and internet services for non-smartphones; Alex Galitsky, the pioneer of wifi and VPN networks; Kamran Elahian, a serial entrepreneur who built 10 companies (six of them produced a total market cap of over $8B), Jean-Claude Biver (Hublot/TAAG Heuer) and many others. Plus, we’re organizing curated, match-making 1-to-1 meetings for Executive Pass holders.

#2 Learn about global innovation trends: a? ttend our workshops and meet founders from 60+ countries, including Wi-Connect, who is working to solve the issue of lack of internet access in Angola, QueroQuitar from Brazil that’s turning the population’s debt issue on its head, and Lilian Makoi who’s demonstrating that’s possible to be a successful female entrepreneur in Tanzania and leading a mobile micro-health insurance product for the low income and informal sector population at just $1 per month.

#3 Meet relevant investors: ?we have over 100 investors coming in, including Omydar, 500 startups, TechStars, ACE, Index, White Star Capital, Tech Tour and more

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?

Download our app as soon as you register to have the chance to discover our agenda and join our community. Make sure you get in touch with relevant people in the community and don’t miss any of the networking/pitching opportunities throughout the event.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

People can request their tickets at www.seedstarssummit.com /passes. Don’t forget to use the code 15OFFIRISHTECHNEWS to enjoy a 15% discount on your purchase. And make sure to buy your ticket before March 19th, before our late purchase prices kick in!

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

The Seedstars Summit is an intense, high-energy event, don’t forget to bring all your ideas and an open mind to make the most out of this experience.

Impacting people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship, Charlie Graham-Brown, CFO, Seedstars World

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