ASIA • ENERGY
Sebastian comes from a middle-income family in Germany and originally pursued a career as an investment banker. However, something made him change his path and move to Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he is working to provide energy to the poorest communities through a decentralized micro-grid system. It allows villagers not only to access electricity but also to generate revenues using his system.
His startup SOLshare Ltd has received multiple awards for this initiative/project, including the best energy startup in the world and prizes from prestigious organisations such as the UN, Ashoka, UBS and Unilever. His entrepreneurial journey is paved with ups and downs, from almost going bankrupt before being saved by Microsoft, to raising funds to survive through the COVID-19 crisis. Sebastian is a pure impact entrepreneur trying to balance profit and purpose, academic knowledge with entrepreneurial “get things done attitude”, and European roots with local experiences.
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GLOBAL • TECH
Leveraging Science and Tech for Impact
Tech4Impact at EPFL is Switzerland’s help on building a bridge between innovation projects and the most pressing environmental and societal challenges of nowadays.
GLOBAL • ECOSYSTEM ENABLER
Insights on tech sector development and SDG initiatives in Africa
ITC has partnered with Seedstars to launch ecosystem-building events for tech startups in Africa, meaning startups that have technology at the core of their businesses.
AFRICA • FINANCIAL SERVICES
Why Bridging The Financial Inclusion Gap Includes Education On Financial Literacy
QuickCheck not only bridges the financial inclusion gap but also educates people about financial instruments and the risks related to loans and overindebtedness as financial literacy isn’t part of the curriculum in many countries.
GLOBAL • AGRICULTURE
Improving Efficiency and Sustainability of Farming Businesses Through Digital Solutions
Gamaya leverages the agronomy and crop knowledge of our partners and uses remote sensing technology to reach scalability.
GLOBAL • WATER & SANITATION
Water Preservation As Means To Living In A More Sustainable Way
An idea born when Ramzi had to prepare his child’s bottle at 3 in the morning that changed it all and set off a passion to improve global water management.
GLOBAL • AGRICULTURE
How Blockchain Can Help To Create Sustainable And Transparent Supply Chains
Pierre-Yves Bridel and Peter Gustavsson went on to create OriginFood in 2018, a startup that develops solutions for tracking, tracing and certifying food products, based on blockchain technology.
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA • EDUCATION & CONSULTING
How Learning From Every Single Person You Meet Can Change Your Life
We spoke with Hossam Taher, CEO of Orcas, an app that helps learners in K-12 discover the best tutors in their area.
MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA • HEALTHCARE
Parenting Made Easy With Pregnancy and Child Health Management App Nurturey | Tushar Srivastava
CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE • INVESTMENT
How to support impact investment in CEE and what chess to do with it | Olena Boytsun
Olena leads Luminate's funding activities in Central and Eastern Europe, including Ukraine, Georgia, and the Baltics.
LATIN AMERICA • TECH
Fifteen Tech Startups from Latinamerica Advance to Regionals of Seedstars World Competition 2020
Let’s take a closer look at some of the promising startups in the region that have made it to the LATAM Regional Finals of the Seedstars World Competition 2020/21.
CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE • TECH
17 Tech Startups from CEE Advance to Regionals of Seedstars World Competition 2020
Out of the 570 applications we received, we had selected 17 of the most promising startups in the batch to move on to the next stage.
LATIN AMERICA • OTHER
7 startups selected for the final phase of the Expansion Program, Colombia 2020
The MinTIC, APPS.CO and Seedstars, the consortium running the Expansion Program, have selected seven startups with a mission to expand their business to international markets.
CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE • OTHER
Five startups from Moldova vie for a spot at the Seedstars World Competition 2020/21
Five up-and-coming tech startups from Moldova are set to pitch on November 26th at 16:00 at the Online Seedstars Chisinau Competition 2020/21
AFRICA • EDUCATION & CONSULTING
Seedstars Partners with UNITEL for Seedstars World Competition to Grow a Startup Ecosystem in Angola
This year, we partnered with UNITEL Angola to make sure more entrepreneurs in the country have access to quality learning and investment opportunities.
GLOBAL • INVESTMENT
Seedstars Brings Its Startup Competition Online: 2020 Applications Are Open
We are happy to announce that Seedstars World Competition 2020/21 will be held exclusively online and the call for startups is open until July 31st.
GLOBAL • ECOSYSTEM ENABLER
Online Is The New Black: Running Events In The Times Of Coronavirus
Event organizers are no strangers to crisis management. Last-minute speaker cancellations, Wi-Fi connectivity issues, missing files… The list goes on
GLOBAL • OTHER
Online Seedstars World Competition 2019/20
How does it feel to compete with the 44 most promising startups from all over the world? And how does it feel when your name is announced as the winner?
OCEANIA • FINANCIAL SERVICES
Bringing Online Payments to the Population with 3% Credit Card Penetration | Celeste (Lupe) Solofa
GLOBAL • EDUCATION & CONSULTING
The Mag: Education
Living in the era of the ‘technology Renaissance’ as the digital merges with the physical, and robots are capable of executing surgeries on the human brain, requires a completely new approach to education starting in early childhood, continuing throu
GLOBAL • HEALTHCARE
The Mag: Accessibility
According to the World Bank research, one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability, with prevalence higher in developing countries.
GLOBAL • OTHER
The Mag: Migration
Everyone is a migrant, and most people are not a native of the place where they are born. So, why is the world divided into migrants and “natives”?