Seedstars Africa start-up summit kick-starts in December

Seedstars World (SSW), the global community and platform for entrepreneurs in technology in emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, is hosting the 3rd annual Seedstars Africa Summit on 14 December.

The Summit aims to connect the most relevant players in innovation and technology in Africa with each other and the rest of the world.

Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa says, "During 2017 we got to witness growing ecosystems, better start-ups and more involvement from the public and private partners. We are very excited to be able to bring the entire network together in Mozambique in December and together look into some of the opportunities of the continent and explore how technologies can rapidly improve the current status quo in emerging markets worldwide."

After hosting the Seedstars start-up competition in 20 Africa countries throughout 2017, SSW says it has been able to explore the local ecosystems and scout the most promising tech start-ups in each market.

"Seedstars World is now bringing together these entrepreneurs together with ecosystem players, mentors, investors and corporates from across the African continent."

The Africa Regional Summit will last for 3 days and bring together over 500 attendees commencing with a boot camp for the participating startups, an ecosystem tour, an investor day and culminate with a Conference on December 14th, featuring the startup pitches, keynote speakers, and panel discussions that will support a range of topics and ideas pertinent to entrepreneurs in the region.

Sasha Vieira, Head of Incubator from Standard Bank Mozambique, the main sponsor of the event said, "We look forward as an organisation with a vested interest in entrepreneurs, to supporting the event in Maputo and showcasing the diversity, and talent that Africa has to offer."

The event is hosted by local ambassador UX Information Technologies. The main sponsor of the event is Standard Bank. Other partners include both local and international organisations such as: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, UNFPA, Merck, Enel, TRECC, Microsoft, Orange, GSMA and VC4A amongst many others.

"We are very honoured to host the 3rd edition of Seedstars Regional Summit in Africa, following the steps of Morocco and Rwanda, and finally bringing the Summit to Maputo. The Seedstars network is very solution oriented and we believe the Regional Summit is the perfect environment to bring together the best startups on the continent to exchange experiences from our individual markets and brainstorm truly applicable solutions for problems facing emerging markets, both on the continent and globally," said Tiago Borges Coelho, Co-Founder of UX, local Ambassadors to Seedstars.