Open Call for Seedstars World Competition

Seedstars World Competition is the largest startup competition in emerging markets and the Grand Finale brings the opportunity to compete for the title of Global Winner and the prize of up to $500,000 USD in equity investment.

Local stage: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Taking place fully online, startups can apply from any part of Brazil to the nearest of the competitions in their ecosystem (Rio de Janeiro). Only one winner per city will be selected to attend the regional stage. swissnex Brazil is the co-organizer partner in the Brazilian stage.
The application deadline is 31 July, 2020. → APPLY HERE.

Online Seedstars World Competition 2020/21

From June to November each year, the Seedstars team looks for the most promising early-stage startups from 90+ emerging markets that will receive intensive training on how to be investment-ready. They will take part in local, regional, and global stage competitions, but only one of them will be crowned as the Global Winner and receive a prize of up to USD 500,000 in equity investment. Who will it be this year?

How It Works

Step 1: June – August 2020
Fully online, startups can apply from any part of their country to the nearest competition
in their ecosystem. One winner per country will be to participate in the Regional Stage.
All accepted startups will receive:
→ Online Seedstars Academy
→ Access to Seedstars Mentor Network
→ Local Networking & Visibility

Step 2: November – December 2020
Local Stage winners will compete on a regional level in a broadcasted pitch competition on Seedstars Life.
Finalists will be selected based on their startup strength and scalability and will move on to the Grand Finale.
Regional Stage benefits:
→ Investment Readiness Training
→ 1-1 Mentor & Investor Meetings
→ Regional Networking & Visibility

Step 3: April 2021
Will bring together the winners of all five regional stages for in-depth entrepreneurial
training and the opportunity to compete for the title of Global Winner
and the prize of up to $500,000 USD in equity investment.
Grand Finale benefits:
→ 2-day Growth Bootcamp
→ 1-1 Mentor & Investor meetings
→ Global Networking & Visibility

See the last online edition




About Seedstars

Seedstars is a Swiss-based private group of companies with a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. It is present in 80+ emerging ecosystems. More than 100,000 people from all over the world belong to the Seedtars network, including 2,000 investors. More than 40,000 entrepreneurs from emerging markets became participants of our events and programs. The alumni network of the Seedstars World competition counts for 275 startups. We know that 85% of the companies still exist; they have created over 2,500 direct jobs and fundraised over USD 250,000,000. The follow-on funding rate of startups that we accelerated is over 40% which is as high as TechStars or YCombinator achieve.