Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, is coming to Mali for the first time on the 4th of September to scout for the best entrepreneurs in technology.
In line with its mission to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging markets, Seedstars World is travelling to more than 65 countries this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to USD 1 million, with the main prize being a 500.000 USD equity investment prize.
“The ecosystem in Bamako is very young. Nevertheless, we have found some very interesting and promising startups that deserve more visibility, exposure and attention from a global audience.” explains Claudia Makadristo, Associate for Seedstars World Africa.
The event will take place at Impact Hub Bamako, who is co-organizing the event, with the startups to pitch to a panel of judges. The top startup will be crowned the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars World Mali 2016 and will represent Bamako at the regional and global summit. In addition, the event is carried out with the support of Orange, Total and Azalaï Hotels.
“Seedstars World is an amazing opportunity for the best entrepreneurs of emerging countries to be identified. The selected start-ups “those that will shape our future” will benefit from access to a great network and community, media exposure and overall the opportunity to connect with leading investors.” explains Mohamed Keita, Co-Founder and CEO at Impact Hub Bamako.
The 8 startups that are selected to participate at the Seedstars World pitching event are:
- Feuze: An electronic device that allows for registration, insurance and geolocation of motorbikes.
- AikoCorp: A platform for medical laboratories to transmit medical test results to patients safely and confidentially online and by sms.
- Pharmoso: An application that allows you to find all relevant information of pharmacies in the area.
- Transup: A technology that allows anyone to transfer phone credit between different operators
- E-Keneya: Technology that facilitates access to healthcare by providing geolocalization of healthcare facilities and pharmacies.
- AllianceJ: A matchmaking website for women to find their husband, taking different ethnic groups and cultures into consideration.
- Orientkey: A web platform that focuses on access to information and orientation of high schools and universities.
- HVM: A vending machine that doesn’t require any electricity and uses African currencies.
All participating startups will qualify for two major prizes that Seedstars World is running this year: Together with TRECC Startups in Education qualify for the global “Transforming Education Prize” which will award the best startup in the education space from around the world with a prize of over USD 50,000. In addition, Seedstars World and Intel are collaborating on the “Intel Solutions Challenge” to find the best startups in Hardware, IoT, Cloud and Analytics with the goal of inviting them to a prestigious Demo Day with internal and external partners who will give access to market and funding for the best startups.