Seedstars, the global organization with the mission of impacting people’s lives in emerging markets through entrepreneurship and technology, launched its third edition of the Seedstars World competition in April 2015. The international team covered 54 countries, scouting for the best startups around the world. Madviser won Seedstars Dhaka 2015 and has been selected to represent Bangladesh and participate in a two day bootcamp, an Investor Forum and the Grand Final of Seedstars World. The global winner of this edition will be rewarded with up to USD 500,000 in equity investment. The best startups in other sectors such as travel and space will also be rewarded with equity investments and grants of up to USD 550,000.
Madviser is a mobile application that helps users to find the most suitable mobile plans for them. On March 3rd, the Bangladesh startup will represent the country and compete with other 53 startups from around the world for the title of “Seedstars World Global Winner”.
More than 3,000 startups from Eastern and Central Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America applied to participate in Seedstars World this year. Since April 2015, four regional teams and expert local juries have selected the most promising startups in 54 cities, from Santiago to Jakarta, passing by Ramallah and Beirut.
“Most people don’t really associate emerging markets to a billion of opportunities and we’re here to show them that these markets are already transforming into centres of innovation where talented people and change makers grow”
At the Summit, speakers will discuss how technology and entrepreneurship impact billions of people’s lives in emerging markets.
“Most people don’t really associate emerging markets to a billion of opportunities and we’re here to show them that these markets are already transforming into centres of innovation where talented people and change makers grow,” explains Alisée de Tonnac, CEO at Seedstars World.
The Summit will kick off with several workshops covering a wide range of topics, such as “How can governments kickstart an ecosystem?” and “Takeoff: Exploring the next generation of the travel industry”. Some of the top speakers include Federico Lara, CTO at Bongo International, or Fabio Cannavale, CEO of lastminute.com group, who will share their ideas and insights about the latest trends in their respective fields and regions.
Around 1000 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate executives, business angels, government officials, journalists and startup enthusiasts are expected to join for an amazing experience in Switzerland.
Seedstars Dhaka was brought to Bangladesh for the first time in 2015 by BetterStories and was sponsored by UN/WTO International Trade Centre within the framework of Dutch CBI funded NTF III Bangladesh Project, BD Venture Ltd, Fenox in partnership with BASIS, Preneur Lab and with support from The Swiss Embassy in Bangladesh. Minhaz Anwar, Chief Storyteller of BetterStories who is also the ambassador for Seedstars World in Bangladesh says, “Seedstars World Dhaka in 2016 will be bigger, better and bolder.”