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Seedstars (seedstars.com) is a global organisation based in Switzerland with activities in more than 65 countries around the world. Our mission is to impact people's lives in emerging markets through entrepreneurship and technology, and develop and foster startup ecosystems by connecting, building and investing into driven entrepreneurs like yourself.
”A window into disruption in emerging markets” – Forbes
Seedstars connects the best entrepreneurs with investors, corporates and media, and provide them with support in scaling to new market. We build ideas and 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, we aim to support the whole entrepreneurial ecosystem from entrepreneurs to investors passing through governments and corporates with the aim to bring positive impact.
Seedstars World launched its fourth edition in April 2016, with regional teams travelling through four continents and a team steadfastly working from Geneva. After 9 months on the road, Seedstars World is returning to Switzerland to hold its annual Summit on April 6th, 2017 at the SwissTech Center in Lausanne (EPFL). During the Summit, the grand Seedstars World Global Winner will be selected and receive up to USD 500K in equity investment.
The event will gather handpicked startups from 65+ countries from emerging markets looking for disruptive and innovative ideas. It’s an exclusive gathering with a Swiss touch and will include workshops, pitches, networking and our final pitching competition to determine the winner of up to USD 500K in equity investment.
The Summit will kick off with workshops and panels covering a wide range of topics such as: “Agtech Workshop: These seeds can speak”, “Fintech Workshop: the Path to Financial Inclusion” or “IoT Panel: Tech4Good”.
Speakers confirmed include Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom, 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 $8 billion - a talk not to miss), Jean-Claude Biver (Hublot/TAAG Heuer), and many others.
Agenda of the week
ARRIVAL - SUNDAY APRIL 2nd, 2017 (Private event format)
After landing in Geneva, our Startup Winners will be driven to Lausanne. The day is reserved to check-in at the hotel, rest or visit the city.
BOOTCAMP - MONDAY APRIL 3rd, 2017 - TUESDAY APRIL 4th, 2017 (Private event format)
We will start our two day bootcamp in the premises of EPFL in Lausanne. During the first day, our Startup Winners will be divided by your industry sectors. With the help of expert mentors and their peers, the aim is to help each startup with their key challenges. The second day, the bootcamp will continue, and allow the Startup to interact with even more mentors through short one to one sessions.
INVESTOR FORUM AND SEMIFINALS - WEDNESDAY APRIL 5th, 2017 (Private event format)
All the startups will pitch in front of a panel of international investors, and 12 of them will be selected for the final. The afternoon will then be dedicated for investors meetings and networking.
SEEDSTARS SUMMIT - THURSDAY APRIL 6th, 2017 (only day open to PUBLIC)
Seedstars Summit is the opportunity for everyone to meet like-minded people from all over the world, so make sure to make the most out of it! All attendees can meet experts from around the world and attend workshops on the latest trends and progress in innovation, participate in networking breaks and of course see the final pitches. In the evening, there will be a dinner for all the entrepreneurs, participants (executive pass only) and investors, with nearly 80 kilos of fondue already ordered!
MEDIA & CORPORATE DAY - FRIDAY APRIL 7th, 2017 (Back to private event format)
Seedstars and Startups will brainstorm all together to discuss how to improve the next edition. The morning is also dedicated to interview with media. In the afternoon our Startup Winners will have some time to enjoy tourist activities. They will have the choice between different excursions.
Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Most of our Startups are flying back home on that day. For the others, we could organize an awesome guided tour around Lausanne and enjoy a last brunch together on the Sunday, before Startups fly back home!
Here are a couple of reasons why you should come:
#2 Unfair advantage: be exposed to quality investment opportunities
#3 Meet potential customers, partners, co-founders or co-investors from 60+ countries... in just 1 place
#4 Uncover trends that will impact your industry and business, regardless of where you're based
#5 Discover the countries that have a strong startup culture that you never knew about
#6 Learn with Kamran how to build companies that make billions