Twenty Finalists Compete for $500,000 In World’s Largest Emerging Markets Competition


Twenty Finalists Compete for $500,000 In World’s Largest Emerging Markets Competition

Seedstars Global

MARCH 29, 2021

The 20 winners advancing to the final stage of the Online Seedstars World Competition 2020/21 (SSW) have been announced. From 94 startups, only 20 are moving on to the Regional Finals for a chance to secure a spot at the Grand Finale, the final round of competition. In the Finale, only one startup will emerge as the Global winner, receiving the grand prize of $500K in funding. Save the date and tune in to the broadcast here:



“With how hard and unexpected 2020 was to each one of us, it was really amazing to see our finalists grow over the competition while going through the Online Seedstars Academy as well as the 1 month Investment Readiness Program. It’s going to be an exciting Regional Finals!”


Seedstars, the Swiss-based investment holding with a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets, annually holds the Seedstars World Competition to scout for the most promising startups around the Asia, Africa, CEE, MENA, and LATAM regions.

Each startup now has a spot at the Regional Finals with a chance to pitch at the Grand Finale and win a grand prize of USD 500K in equity investment. The startup finalists moving on to the Grand Finale are as follows:

MENA Global Finalists for Seedstars World Competition 2020/21

  • Fulfillment Bridge (Tunisia) - Cloud-based global e-commerce logistic platform offering warehousing in 4 continents, fulfillment, shipping, return management and more.
  • BiomWeb (Lebanon) - A startup that harnesses the power of nature and a suite of internet-connected devices to revolutionize the wastewater sector.
  • Al-Mawwan (Egypt) - The first and biggest digital platform for construction materials in Egypt.
  • Droobi (Qatar) - The world’s first suite of bilingual (Arabic & English) digital therapeutic programs, using a host of best-in-class technologies.

LATAM Global Finalists for Seedstars World Competition 2020/21

  • Pegasi (Venezuela) - A startup that makes healthcare information accessible, clear and useful for patients, physicians and service providers in the developing world.
  • Alfi (Peru) - A marketplace for financial products based on financial education. They educate and include people through a single digital channel.
  • Klouser (Argentina) - A platform that helps thought leaders to digitize their business, retain and engage their customers through their own membership business.

Asia Global Finalists for Seedstars World Competition 2020/21

  • ODESH (Papua New Guinea) - Port Moresby city's ridesharing system that provides a cheap, safe and convenient taxi and chauffeur services.
  • Smartfuture (Singapore) - Offers integrated IoT and AI enabled white label platform for telemedicine to healthcare providers.
  • Finology (Malaysia) - Enables seamless access to financial products via the use of our technology & ready digital distribution channels.
  • ELN (Pakistan) - Provides 100% online, globally accredited vocational training to over 25 countries in education, quality assurance & health and safety.

CEE Global Finalists for Seedstars World 2020

  • IMAN (Uzbekistan) - A marketplace that brings together merchants, shoppers, and investors at the point of sale using the principles of Islamic finance.
  • Alter (Russia) - A science-based service helping people to find a right and professional psychotherapist with proper method and specialization.
  • Payze (Georgia) - Payment gateway platform allowing online marketplaces to automatically split any number of transactions between any number of actors.
  • Noomee (Armenia) - Highlights solutions to the main problems that face children with ASD and also guides their parents and therapists.

Africa Global Finalists for Seedstars World 2020

  • Flamingoo Foods (Tanzania) - Using cutting-edge climate tech, Flamingo Foods forecasts food deficit and surplus areas before they are known and proactively react to food insecurity.
  • Ladda (Nigeria) - Democratizes access to investment for retail investors backed up by financial literacy.
  • Rohobot home-based healthcare services (Ethiopia) - Provides quality home-based healthcare services for chronic illness and aged peoples with skilled health professionals at affordable prices.
  • Sparco (Zambia) - Provides tools to allow businesses to collect money from their customers anywhere and also have access to a pool of delivery companies.
  • CAPTURE Solutions (Ivory Coast) - Provides the best ICT operational agri-supply management system in Africa.

The regional finals to be aired on April, 12-16 will feature the startups battling it out for their spots in the Grand Finale. Tune in to check out the participants pitch, watch the Ecosystem Insights presentation, and listen to the panel discussions where speakers from UN Women, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, Palladium, and CAF Development Bank and other organizations will be discussing Women Empowerment and Gender Equality.

To join in the regional finals broadcast, you may add the events to your calendar here



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


In 2013, Seedstars started as Seedstars World, an initiative created by founding partners Pierre-Alain Masson and Alisée de Tonnac who, equipped with a backpack and passion to change the world, set on a world tour across 20 entrepreneurial ecosystems to scout for the most promising early-stage startups and build the largest entrepreneurial community in emerging markets.

The first startup competition in 13 countries was a massive success and gained attention on a global scale. It showed to the world the untapped potential of developing economies, innovative solutions and talented entrepreneurs willing to transform their communities. This led to larger tours for the following six years, bringing together thousands of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and experts. Today, Seedstars World is the largest startup competition in emerging markets.

However, in 2020, things are taking on a new twist. Reimagining its World Tour online, Seedstars will now digitally travel across the globe for a 9-month world tour to scout for the best early-stage startups in 90+ countries, organizing 100+ online local competitions. One winner will be selected to represent each country and will be invited to attend one of the 5 Regional stage competitions, reuniting all local winners of each region to network with regional investors, mentors and corporates. Regional winners are also awarded the chance to represent their countries at the Grand Finale, the competition’s final happening each year in April, where startups compete for up to $500,000 in investment.


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