Seedstars World, the biggest startup competition focusing on emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, held its grand finale with the sixth edition of the Global Seedstars Summit. Over 1000 people attended the event held last week in Lausanne, Switzerland, together with startups, investors, mentors, and corporates, from all over the globe. After covering 80+ countries throughout 2018 with local and regional competitions, Seedstars invited all winners to Switzerland. They had the chance to compete for different prizes, including up to $500K in equity investment and the title of Seedstars Global Winner.
The Seedstars Summit is not only a conference but an opportunity for stakeholders active in impact investment, tech and entrepreneurship to network and benefit from a unique hands-on growth experience. During April 2nd and 3rd, startups participated in a two-day bootcamp with more than 60 experts supporting them in achieving their next milestones. During the private Investor Forum on April 4th, 12 finalists were selected to compete on the main stage. On the Summit Day - April 5th - the startups delivered 3-minute pitches on the main stage in front of more than 1,000 hand-picked ecosystem builders, corporates, investors, startup enthusiasts representing some of the most prominent names of tech and entrepreneurship in emerging markets.
Transforming Eduction Prize, by HEG-FR and TRECC
Labeskey / Schoolap, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, won the Transforming Education Prize by TRECC and the School of Management Fribourg (HEG-FR), winning access to the Seedstars Growth Program. The online platform provides tools to improve the education system with school administration management modules.
In order to have true impact Seedstars can count on the support of great partners: SPEI, School of Management Fribourg, TRECC, TAG Heuer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rising Tide Foundation, EPFL, CVCI, 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.