Seedstars Index

A comprehensive overview of the entrepreneurial ecosystems in emerging markets

Startups from emerging markets and their respective ecosystems have received a lot of hype in recent years with many being coined the SiliconThis or SiliconThat. Beyond the hype, an objective measure of the state of entrepreneurship is harder to come by, but vitally important for any stakeholder considering their next strategic move.


Every year the Seedstars team travels around the world and visits over 60 countries to remain current on even the slightest changes in each entrepreneurial ecosystem, analyze them and come up with a comprehensive overview of the entrepreneurship state in each emerging market - the Seedstars Index (SSI).


The Seedstars Index measures the quality, potential, and maturity of startup ecosystems. The SSI is the only index in the world focusing on rising startup ecosystems which have the most potential for measurement and improvement. In 2018, Seedstars visited and assessed 78 ecosystems in 63 countries.


The pillars of the Seedstars Index (SSI) are three factors that we believe are fundamental in building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem: Culture, Environment and Opportunity. These three pillars form the foundation of a startup ecosystem and permit success cases, which are both the desired output and the catalyst of an ecosystem.

What can you find in the Report?

A global overview of entrepreneurship in emerging markets.

Insights and analysis of startup ecosystems in five regions - Africa, Asia, MENA, Latam, CEE and Central Asia.

Scope of Seedstars activities and impact.

Interviews with change makers and listings of the most prominent startups from each region.

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