Seedstars World [SSW], the largest startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup ecosystems, is hosting the sixth edition of the annual Seedstars Summit in Lausanne, Switzerland on April 2-5 2019. This year, the summit will undertake a new format, focusing primarily on five key industries – finance, healthcare, education, agriculture and energy to address the global challenges and find efficient tech solutions for each sector.
As the entrepreneurship forum for emerging markets, the summit will gather more than 1200 participants at the SwissTech Convention Center, EPFL. This will include 80+ startup teams, corporates, entrepreneurs, government representatives, ecosystem builders, business experts, investors, ambassadors and mentors from over 75 countries to connect, learn, and bring us closer to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030. The new highlight of this year’s Summit will be five key industry-focused workshops, where a dedicated group of experts will tackle real-life challenges for specific groups and countries, by applying various Seedstars-designed methodologies such as problem identification, ideation and peer-to-peer brainstorm.
On April 5, the final day of the summit, attendees will gain access to the Main Stage with a chance to meet and learn from entrepreneurs like Anthony Ndungu, an innovation architect, techpreneur, and founder of Kytabu, an EdTech platform revolutionizing education in Kenya. Parallel will be the Breakout Stage, aimed at discussing the hottest trends in tech today such as blockchain, AI, machine learning, peace innovations, and more. The Seedstars Summit marks an end to the 2018 Seedstars World Competition that took place in 75+ countries across Africa, Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. The competition helped uncover the most promising startups in each region and invite them to the Summit. All 67 startups selected along the way will have a chance to compete for up to $1mn in equity investment and the title of Seedstars Global Winner.
“Entrepreneurs who get valuable support and knowledge can become the key enablers in their country’s ecosystem and double the impact by sharing their expertise, mentoring, and investing in other ideas,” said Alisée de Tonnac, CEO and co-founder of Seedstars. Among the companies and institutions that help make the Seedstars Summit 2019 possible are SPEI, School of Management Fribourg (HEG Fribourg), TRECC (Jacobs Foundation), TAG Heuer, TRECC (Jacobs Foundation), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Merck, Rising Tide Foundation, EPFL (École Polytéchnique de Lausanne), Innovaud, CVCI (Chambre Vaudoise du Commerce et de l’Industrie), Lausanne Région and Ville de Lausanne, Nespresso.
About Seedstars and School of Management Fribourg
The engagement of the School of Management Fribourg (HEG-FR) with Seedstars is rooted in our vision to creating positive impact through the students and partners who benefit from our programs and activities in three core areas: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Internationalization.” Seedstars supports all these three pillars.
As a business school, we think that our students, and tomorrow’s leaders, have to be multicultural and sensitized to the new and emerging markets, as well as be engaged with the developments that arise from them. This will be highly important for many of their future jobs. The immersion and insights that our students, particularly at Masters level, gain from exposure to Seedstars and its engagement leads also to a stronger sensibility to our connected world, and the issues and solutions that arise from emerging markets. The engagement with Seedstars shows and tells to our students, that they can be resourceful with their own creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial aspirations.
Check the program of the April 5th and get your ticket: Special discount for HEG Fribourg community with promotional code HEG19 and the following link: https://seedsta.rs/2Gb9aHr