After hosting competitions in 15 countries throughout 2017, identifying the most promising startups and analyzing the local ecosystems, Seedstars World is now bringing together the best and most promising entrepreneurs with ecosystem players, mentors, investors, corporates and other entrepreneurs across Asia. The event is supported by the National Innovation Agency of Thailand (NIA), Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Omidyar Network, Charoen Pokphand Group (CP), Ananda Development, and Merck.
The Regional Summit will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, the location which has been selected as this year's Seedstars hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in Asia. "I am truly excited that Bangkok will have an opportunity to host the winning startups from Seedstars competitions from all over Asia as well as leading international and local investors and mentors. I trust that all invited participants will benefit from constructive discussions, knowledge sharing and networking at the event" says Nichapat Ark, Seedstars Ambassador for Thailand.
The Asia Regional Summit will last for 3 days and bring together 250 attendees commencing with a bootcamp for the participating startups, one on one mentoring sessions, an investor forum and culminating with a conference and pitch event on the 29th of November that will feature the startup pitches, keynotes, and panel discussions that will engage a range of topics and ideas pertinent to entrepreneurs in the region.
“We have been on a long and interesting journey when it comes to entrepreneurship and technology in emerging markets. As part of the Seedstars DNA we want to be on the ground working directly with startups, corporates and other stakeholders. This is exactly the reason why we are travelling to 80+ ecosystems globally this year and 15 countries in Asia. We are very excited to be able to bring the entire network together in Thailand later this year, 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.” says Rosie Keller, Associate for Asia.
THE CONFERENCE - The summit day kicks off with a number of workshops and roundtables addressing a wide range of emerging market specific challenges over a number of different industries. These sessions are part of Seedstars’ global initiative to bring together the most prominent experts, entrepreneurs and industry leaders in Asia, and facilitate meaningful discussions leading to tangible outcomes that can be implemented across the region.
During the final ceremony of the Seedstars Asia Summit, 15 of the most prominent entrepreneurs from the continent will be invited on stage to showcase their success stories and how they are using technology to solve local and regional issues. Other than the final pitches, top speakers will join us on the mainstage to provide valuable insights on their businesses, investments and will look into the success factors of the continent as well as the elements that still need to be improved in order to allow an Asian startup to scale and compete on a global stage.
THE BOOTCAMP - Prior to the the conference, Seedstars World will host a 2 day invite-only Bootcamp, where 15 Seedstars startups, along with two delegations of startups from Thailand and Myanmar will work with world-class local and international mentors on improving their business models, growth strategy and mastering the investor pitch. In addition to that, this year’s program will also give entrepreneurs the opportunity to be selected for the Seedstars Growth program, a seed investment that comes together with a 15 weeks acceleration program for early stage startups.
THE INVESTOR FORUM - The conference week also brings together the most prominent and active investors on the continent. Entrepreneurs will not only pitch in front of these investors, but also participate in one-on-one meetings that will allow them to get an in-depth feedback about their business models, as well as create potential future funding opportunities.
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Globally, different summits will be organised in Mexico City for Latam, Kiev for CEE, Bahrain for MENA, and Maputo for Africa.
"They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds." - Mexican proverb
Seedstars is a Swiss based group of companies which has the goal of impacting people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Seedstars connects stakeholders within these ecosystems, builds companies from scratch with public and private partners and invests in high growth startups. Through different activities of startup scouting, company building and acceleration programs, the team has now access to entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, corporations and government officials from 80+ countries. The Seedstars group includes Seedstars World, a worldwide startup competition; Seedstars Growth, a four month virtual acceleration program; Seedspace, a network of coworking and co-living spaces and Seedstars Academy, a six months program to train aspiring local entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses.
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