Last April, Seedstars hosted the global startup competition Seedstars World at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. After travelling to 65 different countries to find the best seed stage startups, the Seedstars team invited the local winners to the final round to compete for an equity investments of up to $ 500K, as well as other exciting prizes. After participating in a two-day bootcamp and an investor forum, 12 startups were selected to compete and pitch on the main stage, in front of a crowd of more than thousand participants and a panel of international jury, which consisted of Charles Lorenceau, Director at ACE & Company UK, Cedric Waldburger, CEO at Tenderloin Ventures and Pierre-Alain Masson, Co-founder at Seedstars Group. The grand winner of the fourth edition of Seedstars World was Acudeen Technologies, from the Philippines.
In addition to the $ 500K investment prize for the Seedstars World Global Winner, five other startups were awarded special prizes including PiQuant from South Korea. PiQuant was awarded the prize for Most Innovative Startup, presented by Hublot. Founded in 2015, PiQuant develops IoT liquid scanner that detects harmful chemicals, helping people to live healthier and safer.
Seedstars also officially launched Seedstars Community, a network of startup ecosystem enablers and doers across emerging markets. The community will allow Seedstars World peers connect with one another, as well as with potential customers and service providers. All members of the community are likely to from their global access to Seedspaces and special offers and deals from Seedstars partners.
Seedstars is a Swiss based group of companies with the goal of impacting people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Seedstars connects stakeholders within these ecosystems, builds companies from scratch with public and private partners and invests in high growth startups. Through different activities of startup scouting, company building and acceleration programs, the team has now access to entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, corporations and government officials from more than 60 countries. The Seedstars group includes Seedstars World, a worldwide startup competition, sourcing in 60+ emerging markets the top talent from these regions; Seedstars Growth, a three-month virtual acceleration program; Seedspace a network of coworking and co-living spaces now in more than 25 countries and Seedstars Academy, a six-month program to train aspiring local entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses.