Seedstars World is an initiative launched by seedstars SA, a Swiss-based company which launches ideas, grows startups and builds companies. The objective of the competition is to find the best startup in emerging and fast growing startup scenes.
How does it work?
A list of up to 100 startups is made in each country with the expertise and support of our local Advisors and Regional Partners (e.g. accelerators, incubators, startup organisations, VCs, etc.). These startups are then invited to apply to the competition. Based on these applications 20 startups are then selected and invited to participate to a pitching event. The same process is applied in 20 countries around the world.
The startups are to pitch their ideas in front of a Regional Jury. At the end of the day, a Regional Winner is selected.
One winner per country and five startups chosen “on top” by the Seedstars World viewers are invited to participate to theFinal in Switzerland in 2014. The winners will receive different prizes such as equity investments, entry into acceleration programs, advertising and hosting services for example.
Who can participate?
Only invited startups can apply. They must have been founded for no more than 2 years, with a maximum 0.5m USD funding to date and a Minimum Viable Product (MVP).
Where will the pitching events take place and when?
The pitching events will be held in 20 different countries around the world.
The first event will be in Moscow on the 16th March. Then Dubai, Baku, Accra, Kigali, Lagos, Nairobi, Cape Town, Bangalore,Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Sydney, Mexico City, Santiago, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.
For details on the dates and locations visit our website.
Who will be the finalists?
For every picthing event a local jury will vote for 1 startup, the regional winner. Every one of the regional winners will receive prizes and automatically be selected to partecipate in the final competition in Switzerland.
On top, Seedstars World’s community can vote online for the best startups. The top 5 startups (excluding regional winners) with the most votes are elected as public winners and can take part to the final.
How does the final event in Switzerland work?
The Worldwide Jury will vote for Best Worldwide Startup.
The votes will be based on filmed pitch, presentation, websites, etc. provided by the company to Seedstars World.
The worldwide winner will get the worldwide winner package prize. And from the 2nd to 10th winning companies will get various prizes.