During the seedstar Dar es Salaam, Tanzania pitch competition on Monday 10th, Dec. 2018. (Photo Courtesy: Seedstar)
During the seedstar Dar es Salaam, Tanzania pitch competition on Monday 10th, Dec. 2018. (Photo Courtesy: Seedstar)

Seedstars World, the biggest startup competition focused only in emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes has selected 17 startups across Africa to participate in its 5th Annual Seedstars competition in Switzerland next year.

The search for promising startups begun from Maputo (Mozambique) on 15th June and 10th December in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). Each startup will represent its country in the finals come April 2019.

Before heading to Switzerland, all finalists are attending a 3-day Regional Summit in Tanzania from 11th to 13th Dec. Startups are participating a growth bootcamp where they will learn more about growth strategy and how to pitch. In addition the startups will also pitch to potential backers at an investor forum

They will then travel to Switzerland to meet other regional finalists from; Asia, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and ECA for a chance to compete for the global award, USD$500,000 in equity investment and some unique growth opportunities.

Selected startups range from AgricTech, FinTech, eCommerce, Ride-hailing, among others.

Startup City, Country Sector
Rera Online Harare,  Zimbabwe AgriTech
Cowtribe Accra, Ghana AgriTech
Benefactors Kigali, Rwanda FinTech
Agro Supply Uganda Limited Kampala, Uganda AgriTech
SudaPay Dakar, Senegal Civic Tech
Labes Key – schoolap Kinshasa, Congo EdTech
Bluewave Insurance Agency Limited Nairobi, Kenya FinTech
WenaData Maputo, Mozambique Civic Tech
Bandim Online Bissau, Guinea-Bissau AgriTech
Kubinga Luanda, Angola Mobility
DropQue Lagos, Nigeria Enterprise services/HR
HiFranc Sandton, South Africa FinTech
REMA Cotonou, Benin HealthTech
Diool Douala, Cameroon FinTech
MyFoodness Gaborone, Botswana Food and Beverage
Money Farm Bakau, Gambia Agriculture Tech
Nala Tanga, Tanzania AgricTech

The Seedstars Africa Summit is designed to facilitate meaningful discussions about topics that range from the policies designed to support entrepreneurship in the country and the region to the success factors and improvement opportunities of the African tech scene.