Seedstars Expansion Program to Emerging Markets 2018: a merge of two worlds

Seedstars Expansion Program to Emerging Markets 2018: a merge of two worlds

09.07.2018 – After a successful experience last year, the Seedstars Expansion Program to emerging markets is expanding. This year, Vaud-based startups are invited to an open competition that will allow up to 10 of them to go on a fully-sponsored 4-day program to three Seedstars Regional Summits in Perú, Côte d’Ivoire and Thailand.

The Seedstars Expansion Program is an application-only opportunity supported by the Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation (SPEI), in collaboration with Innovaud, CVCI and Lausanne Région, which allows early-stage startups based in Vaud and with a focus in new technologies as well as a strong interest in reaching out emerging markets, to enable and implement their expansion in fast-growing economies. This year, all costs of the participation, including the 4-days trip to the Seedstars Regional Summits, are funded by the partners in the initiative.

Selected startups will have the chance to participate in one of the three Seedstars Regional Summits: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (November 30, 2018); Bangkok, Thailand (November 30, 2018); and Lima, Peru (December 6, 2018) and to engage in various activities such as a bootcamp, an investor forum, the Summit and a day to explore the local startup ecosystem. Selected startups will also be offered the opportunity to participate to the upcoming Seedstars Summit 2019 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Startups must apply online here.

  • August 31st – deadline for applications (finalists will be notified mid-September)
  • September 10th – preselection
  • September 20th – finalists will pitch in in Lausanne, in front of a jury with 3 members (SPEI, CVCI and Seedstars)
  • October 15th – winners announcement

Picture: (c) Seedstars Summit 2018