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Up to $1m to be won in the 2018 Seedstars Africa Startup Competition. How to apply.

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Seedstars World is back with another edition of their invaluable business competition for African startups for emerging markets. 

Obviously, their primary objective is to scout for the top high growth startups and entrepreneurs in African and accelerate them on their path to global scaling.

On this 2018 edition of the tour, they plan to visit over 20+ cities across Sub-Saharan Africa to host bootcamps and pitch competitions, Countries such as Mauritius and Zambia, amongst others, will host local competitions for the first time, enlarging the impact of Seedstars mission in the continent. 

The winner from each country will be invited to the final at the Seedstars Global Summit in Switzerland to compete for up to 1 Million USD in equity investment.


1) Applications

Step 1: Make sure you have a venture profile published on the VC4Africa platform with your most recent pitch deck attached.
Step 2: Apply to one of the 22 local events in Africa through the online form.


2) Pitching events

At each Local Event, up to 10 pre-selected startups are invited to pitch in front of an expert jury and quality audience to determine the winner. 

The event brings together key entrepreneurs, investors, corporates and institutions from the local ecosystem combined with a unique global Seedstars World flavour. 

The winner of each Local Event gets a free trip to Seedstars World Regional Summit and the Global summit in Switzerland, with a chance to win up to $ 1 Million in equity investment and more in cash and in-kind prizes.


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3) Final Event

The winner of each Local Event will be invited to Switzerland to represent his startup and country at the global finals. 

The Final Event is a weeklong adventure consisting of a bootcamp, international conference and investor forum. It's an amazing chance to meet with investors, build a global network and grow your business.


Why compete?

Equity Investment
There is a prize package consisting of up to $1Million in equity investment and more in cash and in-kind prizes. You'll be exposed to VCs, corporates, and angels searching for investment opportunities.


Coverage & Prestige

All Seedstars World events are heavily covered by local and international press with around 500 articles on us last year. Represent your country at the worldwide Seedstars Summit in front of an international audience.


Partnerships & Family

Join the close-knit Seedstars Family of talented entrepreneurs in 65+ countries. Find potential partners and business opportunities through the community and at the various events.


Learn & Grow

We hand pick top-quality mentors from all over the world with experience in relevant industries. Benefit from the knowledge of corporate leaders, serial entrepreneurs, accelerator directors and investors.


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Time investment

If you get selected for a city event:

  • 1 day for the Bootcamp hosted 2 – 3 days before the event
  • 1 day for the Local Event

If you win:
7 days, that includes:

  • online application
  • preparing for pitching event
  • coaching
  • travelling and attending the events.


Entry Criteria

  • Maximum 2 years since the founding date
  • Maximum USD 0.5m funding
  • Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
  • Need to use technology to solve a local or regional issue


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Regional Deadline

CountryCityRegistration DeadlineEvent date
ZimbabweHarareJune 18Jun 29
GhanaAccraJuly 2Jul 13
RwandaKigaliJuly 9Jul 20
ZambiaLusakaJuly 23Aug 3
NigeriaAbujaJuly 23rdAug 3
KenyaNairobiJuly 30Aug 10
NigeriaLagos (Finals)August 6Aug 17
UgandaKampalaAugust 13Aug 24
SenegalDakarAugust 27Sep 7
BotswanaGaboroneSept 3Sep 14
Ivory CoastAbidjanSept 3Sep 14
TanzaniaDar Es SalaamSept 10Sep 21
DRCKinshasaSept 10Sep 21
Guinee BissauBissauSept 16Sep 27
MozambiqueMaputoSept 17Sep 28
South AfricaJohannesburgSept 24Oct 5
CameroonDoualaOctober 1Oct 12
AngolaLuandaOctober 1Oct 12
GambiaBanjulOctober 3Oct 15
South AfricaCape TownOctober 8Oct 19
MaliBamakoOctober 9Oct 20
MauritiusSaint LouisOctober 15Oct 26
South AfricaSouth Africa FinalsOctober 22Nov 2


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