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JULY 26, 2021
July 26, 2021 - Seedstars and The Peace and Human Rights Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) announce 20 global startup winners of the Migration Entrepreneurship Prize 2021, a program designed for socially driven startups with a mission to enhance the inclusion of migrants in the Middle East and Africa. For more information on the prize, visit https://seedsta.rs/3dxPWev.
The Migration Entrepreneurship Prize identifies and supports socially driven businesses on a mission to enhance socio-economic inclusion of migrants. The program focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East, which are regions prone to strong migration movements caused by factors including poverty, instability and conflict among others.
“We are proud to support migrant entrepreneurs striving through our collaboration with Seedstars. They offer market based solutions that will help improve access to services in impoverished regions that will benefit migrants and host communities alike” said Nina Hälg, who served on the Jury panel on behalf of the FDFA.
The 20 start-ups selected offer promising business ideas to enhance the positive impact of migration and migrants for societies. The global prize winners presented solutions that help improve the livelihoods of migrants and host communities by contributing to their social and economic rights and by reducing the pressure for people to choose irregular dangerous migration routes.
The 20-startup winners of the Migration Entrepreneurship Prize 2021 are the following:
The startups were selected by a panel of experts, namely: Nina Hälg, PHRD Program Manager; Francesca Bombassei, Seedstars MENA Regional Manager; Philippe Rudaz, UNCTAD Economic Affairs Officer; Alvaro Cosi, UNHCR Innovation Manager; and Ana Alvarez, Migration Hub and Migrapreneur Founder and CEO.
For the five Tunisian startups, the panel of judges were: Kevin Schoucair, Program Manager at Seedstars; Tamara Zakharia, Innovation Youth Officer at the Lebanon Office for UNICEF; Saïd Zekri, Program Officer at FDFA Tunisia; Fatma Mokaddem, Consultant at IOM; and Pauly Suchy, Manager for Startup Programs at the Global Entrepreneurship Network.
The global winners received access to the Seedstars Investment Readiness Program and have been given access to the Seedstars network of partners, mentors, and investors. To learn more about the Migration Entrepreneurship Prize, visit the website at: https://seedsta.rs/3dxPWev.
Seedstars is a Swiss-based private company with a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. The groups’ activities cover over 90 emerging ecosystems through a variety of initiatives such as the Online Seedstars World Competition, acceleration programs, physical hubs called Seedspace, venture capital investments and company building activities. Seedstars The Documentary is a feature film featuring the company’s vision to give a voice to the game changers of the developing world.
"They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds." - Mexican proverb
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The FDFA's Peace and Human Rights Division (PHRD) is responsible for the promotion of peace and human rights as set out in the Federal Council’s foreign policy strategy. It focuses on the security of the individual and protecting people against violence, war and acts of arbitrary treatment. The PHRD is part of the State Secretariat.
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