We are wrapping up our journey in search of the most promising startups across five continents and more than 65 countries with the Regional Summits in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEE).
The events aim at bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, top corporates, government institutions, and media to promote entrepreneurship and technology in emerging markets.
Get ready to immerse yourself into the meaningful talks, discussions, brainstorms, pitching, and of course, joy and fun. The Regional Summits will offer its participants a wide range of opportunities starting from bootcamps and mentorship for startups to an investor forum, keynotes and hackathon.
Asia tech landscape is developing at an unprecedented speed, and the region keeps surprising us with its fast-growing advanced digital solutions. That’s why after traveling across 14 countries, the Seedstars team for the second year in a row chose Bangkok, Thailand as the meeting point in the region to connect regional stakeholders and find out the ways how technologies can bridge the gap between the ecosystems and foster change. Last year, the Summit reunited over 300 attendees from more than 29 countries to showcase the most promising early-stage tech startups from 15 Asian markets. In 2018, the Seedstars team plans to increase the number of participants.
“For the past six months we have made Asia our home and went on an interesting journey deep into 14 startup scenes in the Asian region, not only scouting for the best tech entrepreneurs but working directly with them and other passionate ecosystem builders. We aimed at making a difference everywhere we went. We are very excited to bring the entire network together in Thailand later this year, to dive into the different ways technology and entrepreneurship can rapidly impact and improve people’s lives by tackling local social challenges directly”, Rosie Keller, Regional Manager for Asia at Seedstars.
The Summit program includes a private bootcamp for 25 startups that were selected during the tour, pitches, Investor Forum, Ecosystem Tour and a Final Conference with the think tank, keynote speeches of TOP entrepreneurs & the pitches of the winners.
In 2017, the Seedstars Africa Summit brought together more than 300 attendees from 20 African countries in Maputo, Mozambique. This year’s Seedstars Africa Summit comes to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and aims to unite even more change-makers in the region.
The kick-off of the Summit will be a bootcamp where the participating startups will have the opportunity to meet the most relevant mentors from various areas such as growth hacking, inbound marketing and fundraising. On the 12th, the entrepreneurs will have a chance to attend one-on-one meetings with key investors at the Investor Forum. There will also be an Ecosystem Tour, a meeting point for the entrepreneurs and organizations that shape 'Silicon Dar' growth and influence.
The closing of the event will be the Conference featuring the startup pitches and keynotes with top-notch entrepreneurs.
Prices start at 10$
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Seedstars LATAM Summit in Peru will bring together the most prominent players in the technology field, entrepreneurship and impact investment from more than 15 countries to discuss how can Latin America contribute to the achievement of the goals set by the Sustainable Development Goals.
More than 430 entrepreneurs, experts, partners and media took part in the event last year, but this year the number is planned to reach a whopping 500.
The Summit in 2018 will combine four different parts such as a bootcamp where the startups will get the opportunity to meet the most relevant mentors in the field, an Investor Forum, Ecosystem Tour, and Conference & Pitch event featuring the startup pitches.
The Seedstars CEE Summit marks the end of our tour across 12 vibrant ecosystems in CEE & Central Asia and will welcome all the winners from across the continent in Kyiv!
The event will start with the Seedstars Growth Bootcamp, where the finalist startups from across the region will get valuable knowledge and insights on the growth models and acquisition channels. There will also be an Investor Forum, aimed at bringing the top-tier investors from CEE & Central Asia together to discuss the investment climate in the region. Also, among the highlights of the event are Game Changers Forum, the Civic Tech Workshop, and Conference.
Such well-known entrepreneurs and professionals as Runno Allikivi, Head of Scandinavia at Funderbeam, Jeffrey Donenfeld, Investment Manager at Boomtown Accelerators, and Eveline Buchatskiy, Managing Partner at One Way Ventures have already confirmed their participation in the Summit.
“In 2017, we managed to bring together more than 500 attendees, between entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, mentors, government authorities and startup enthusiasts. We organized around 350 meetings between startups, investors and mentors and we felt overwhelmed by the positive feedback we had from all participants. This year, we aim to grow and offer a unique disruptive hands-on experience to over 500 attendees!”, Agahuseyn Ahmadov, Regional Manager for CEE & Central Asia at Seedstars.
Prices start at 50$
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It’s the first time Seedstars hosts its annual MENA Summit in Beirut. Last year, the Seedstars team managed to gather more than 300 participants in Bahrain and organized up to 80 insightful meetings. This year’s edition is created in partnership with touch and Bank Audi and aims to unite more than 400 stakeholders to address the most critical problems in the region.
The Seedstars MENA Summit will kick-off with a two-day private bootcamp and the Beyond Banking Hackathon by Bank Audi for the selected startups who will generate, develop and present their solutions.
The first activity on the Main Stage, on the 29th, will be a Fireside Chat with the Lebanese Prime Minister, H.E. Saad Hariri, followed by the Open Talk by touch about “The startups’ role in corporate innovation”. In the afternoon, the inspiring Mrs Ayah Bdeir, Middle East Venture Partners’ CEO Mr Walid Hanna, and other fellow speakers will discuss how to prepare a generation for the fourth industrial revolution. On this run-up to the Seedstars World finals in Switzerland, the 16 finalists from different countries will also have the chance to present their pitches to the audience. Parallel to the Main Stage, there will be a Round Tables area with themed workshops going on throughout the day.
Prices start at 20$
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