Seedstars International is the world’s first seed stage venture capital fund dedicated to global emerging and frontier markets. We’ve invested in over 30 countries across Latam, Africa, MENA, CEE and Asia.
Capital is a commodity. Knowing how to turn it into growth is not. That’s why we focus our energy on helping each new portfolio company to implement a professional growth team. Our culturally diverse, gender balanced team works relentlessly to support high impact ventures.
Since 2013, we’ve nurtured a global network of founders, experts and investors, all driven to make an impact in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship.
High Impact Venture Capital
Venture capital works best when you can pair technology to a massive market inefficiency or unmet demand. The emerging markets represent 85% of the world's population, have an average internet penetration of 65%, higher than both, the global average of 56.5% and the rest of the world 57%. Yet these markets lack coverage to many fundamental needs such as financial services, healthcare, education or energy.
Despite this massive market opportunity, these countries pull in just 5.4% of global venture capital dollars (as of FY’20). We want to change that. Scaling a venture backed company is an incredible achievement but doing so while positively impacting the lives of millions of individuals and businesses is another story. This is not just venture capital. This is high impact venture capital.
Capital is a commodity. Knowing how to turn it into growth is not. If we invest in you it won’t just be the capital. We’ll transfer knowledge, tools and processes to your team so that you can run growth like professionals.
Our portfolio is carefully constructed so that you’re likely to find peers working on a similar challenge in a different region. This unique peer network combined with a global community of experts and investors is made for you.
We invest $50k-$100k first and can follow on with up to $500k in your next round.
How we make a difference:
Stage: pre-seed, seed, pre-series A
Traction: ±6 months of consistent growth
Sector: all sectors with asset light business models
Core market: any emerging or frontier market (excluding China)
« It was amazing how we were able to put up our data room together which helped us to close our round of $1.5m successfully with 6 new investors seamlessly. »
HESHAM ELFESHAWY, CO-FOUNDER & CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, HOME DOC
« Thanks to the growth program we could improve our unit economics to a 3:1 LTV/CAC ratio, which set us up to expand to two markets and raise a next round. »
SULLY SIUCHO DIAZ, CO-FOUNDER & COO, REBAJATUSCUENTAS
« The biggest value added was the constant support from Seedstars team to every question and necessity. The methodology helped us organize better and understand better what are we pursuing. »
CARLOS JORDAN, CEO & CO-FOUNDER, ULTRAGRUPO
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VIVIAN NWAKAH, CEO & FOUNDER, MEDSAF