Seedstars announced on Tuesday 24 October 2017 that applications for the Botswana leg of the Seedstars World competition in now open. The startups who will make up the participants of the competition will battle it out for the chance to earn up to US$1 million in equity investment at next year’s global final.
This competition in Botswana will form part of the preliminary rounds leading up to the global final. The global early-stage startups competition has seen Seedstars World host local events across Africa this year. The competition, through these local events, have picked winners from Mozambique, Tunisia, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Rwanda, Angola and Morocco, who will all be competing at the final next year.
Applications have now opened for its event in Gaborone on November 3 2017, where selected startups will pitch for a place in the global final in Switzerland. Startups applying to pitch must be less than two years old, have raised less than US$500,000 in funding, and have built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction.
“Seedstars World is a platform connecting investors to the next generation of startup entrepreneurs, pulling the spotlight from Silicon Valley and Western Europe. We are impressed by what we have seen on the continent so far and cannot wait to add startups from Botswana to our map,” said Anis Kallel, associate for Africa at Seedstars World.