In line with its mission to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging markets, Seedstars World is traveling to more than 70 countries this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to USD 1 million and network with investors and mentors from around the world. Its previous participants have raised over USD 61M collectively, providing employment to more than 800 employees worldwide.
The companies selected to pitch at the Seedstars Astana event need to be less than 2 years old, have raised less than USD 500,000 in funding and have built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction. The Seedstars World team is searching for one additional criterion - the startup’s regional and global scalability. With a strong network of international partners such as BBVA, Merck, Enel, Trecc, Standard Bank and Deloitte, Seedstars World is looking for smart startups that solve regional issues and develop profitable products for the global market, to support their regional businesses and growth.
“Seedstars World is a platform connecting investors to the next generation of startup entrepreneurs, pulling the spotlight from Silicon Valley and Western Europe. As this will be our second time to organize our event in Astana, our excitement level and expectations are high. We have heard so much about the bustling startup ecosystem in Kazakhstan and we are now here to witness the reality” explains Katarina Szulenyiova, COO at Seedstars World, “We are impressed by what we have seen on the continent so far and cannot wait to add startups from Kazakhstan on our map.”
Up to 10 of the best seed stage startups in Kazakhstan will be invited to pitch for the opportunity to compete at the Seedstars Summit, that annually takes place in Switzerland.
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Deadline: 02 July 2017
In order to provide local entrepreneurs with this opportunity and aiming to deliver the best possible event, Seedstars World is closely working with MOST Business Incubator, who is representing the initiative throughout the year. "Since the last year, Seesdstars has proven us to be one of the strongest partners with whom we can enter the world market. The organization is presented in more than 60 countries of the world. The last forum was really useful for Business Incubator MOST. Moreover, a Kazakhstani startup took part in the competition and found partners for the further development of the project. We are happy that Seedstars helps to develop local ecosystem and shares best practices. Our goal is to strengthen Kazakhstan's potential in the global market in cooperation with Seedstars.", - explains Pavel Koktyshev, Co-founder & CEO at MOST Business Incubator.