5th Edition of Seedstars Summit Holds 12 April in Lausanne

Photo: 2017 Seedstars Global Winner.Photo Les Echos Entrepreneurs

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All is set for the fifth edition of Seedstars Summit taking place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 12 April 2018. It will be the biggest to date with over 65 handpicked startups coming from five different regions.

Seedstars is a Swiss based group with the mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through tech-nology and entrepreneurship. 

It connects stakeholders, builds companies from scratch with public and privatepartners and invests in high growth startups within these ecosystems.

The startups span a wide variety of verticals, from Fin-tech to Ed-tech, Med/Bio-tech, Agritech, Insuretech, Cleantech, High/Nanotech and many others. All will come together in the SwissTech Convention Center to compete for different prizes. The prize for ‘Seedstars Global Winner’ may be up to $1million in equity investment.

Among the over 65 countries visited to scout for the finalists, twenty countries are from Africa and they produce 21 finalists in 21 sectors. These countries and the finalists are:

Startups in advertising and marketing industry:

Morocco – Hooplacar revolutionizes advertising market by letting people wrap their cars with ads, while selling the space to advertisers with a state of the art technology to track the cars and collect major marketing KPIs. With 6500 drivers already registered, and several major campaigns launched, the Moroccan startup is taking the market by storm.

 Startups in Agri Tech:

GhanaAgroCenta is an online sales platform that connects smallholder farmers directly to an online market which has wider geographic size, to sell their commodities.

Mali: ESenè is an on-board system that collects soil moisture to provide water and fertilizer for crops.

Kenya: SolarFreeze is pioneering mobile cold-storage units powered by renewable energy to help rural smallholder African farmers to face the huge challenge of post-harvest loss. Postharvest management is a systems-based challenge and requires an integrated innovation strategy that incorporates technological and financial innovations, capacity building across the value chain, enhanced market access and other elements to achieve impact at scale. Solar Freeze ingeniously tackled this via its innovative “Pay-as-You-Store” system, that allows smallholder farmers to access cold storage at prices they can afford.


Startups in B2C Services & Products:


Angola  Tupuca is the first online food delivery platform in Angola. Tupuca already served over 20,000 customers and delivered over 80,000 meals in the first year and created over 75 jobs.

Rwanda  PikiWash is an eco-friendly, time-saving solution for cleaning motorcycles.

DRC – Youdee is an easy and trustful way of finding your ideal real estate property. In many African cities, transactions in the real estate market are informal, and they lack trust. Youdee is a reliable online real estate platform that checks and rates dealers, and offers a tailored catalogue to customers. There are 1.3million households in Youdee’s target segments collectively spending an estimated $6.9billion per year on rent. Youdee is here to transform real estate transactions into trustful and safe deals.

Startups in Education:

EthiopiaLangbot is a gamified and AI-powered language teaching chatbot.

Kenya – M-Shule improves learning for every primary student in Africa using artificial intelligence and SMS to deliver personalized, accessible education.

B2B Services & Products:

Uganda – Numida issues convenient and unsecured credit to Ugandan small businesses that use its free financial management app.

Tunisia – Favizone has developed a plug & play personalization solution that enables retailers to deliver recommendations across all channels: e-shop, emails, and messaging app.

Startups in Fin-tech:

Cote d’Ivoire – Cinetpay is a mobile money payment gateway that enables e-merchants and merchants to accept mobile money and card payments, online or offline.

Senegal:  MaTontine provides access to small loans and related financial services like micro-insurance by digitizing traditional savings circles.

Mozambique – TABECH Serviços will present a service named MovelCare, which uses mobile phones without access to the internet to access funeral insurance.

Startups in Health tech:

Nigeria – Medsaf uses technology to make the process of buying and selling medication easy and efficient for hospitals and pharmacies worldwide. Being the trusted medication platform for Africa, it connects pharmacies and hospitals with safe and cost-effective medications.

Cameroon –  Gifted Mom democratises health information access in emerging markets through an AI-based remote medical support platform.

Botswana: Yapili is a p2pr web platform and Android App offering new opportunities for many Africans to connect to local and western health professionals in an efficient and confidential way. In societies where professional health advice can be expensive or inaccessible due to overcrowded public health facilities, Yapili offers free of charge, anonymous and secure channels to seek medical care in case of pregnancy & family planning, diabetes & hypertension, HIV & sexual health, mental health and lifestyle diseases.

Startups in High Tech/Robotics:

Egypt – WideBOT is the first bot builder platform in the MENA. WideBOT allows anyone to build his/her own intelligent chatbot without any coding in only 10 minutes.

Startups in Med tech & Biotech: 

South Africa – EMGuidance solves a critical problem for medical professionals by aggregating medical content from regional experts in one app.

Startups in Travel & Transport:

Zimbabwe – MyRunner enables anyone to purchase bus tickets online and track bus location at all times, making the experience safer and more pleasant.

Startups in Insurance industry:

Tanzania – Nefrids Africa has developed SimuBima, a mobile phone insurance solution.


Global Seedstars Winner Prize: Awarded by Seedstars: up to $500K investment.

BBVA Open Talent Prize: Together with BBVA, we will be sourcing FinTech, AI, Identity and Enterprise Banking startups in over 50 countries around the world to fast-track them for BBVA’s Open Talent competition.

Africa Energy Prize: We have partnered with Enel Green Power, perhaps the biggest producer of renewable energy, to search for the most innovative company fostering socio-economic development in rural Africa.

Transforming Education Prize: In partnership with HEG Fribourg and TRECC, we are scouting for the most transformative startups in education. A prize in the value of USD 50k will be awarded to the winner to help them expand in new markets

Health Tech Prize: We have partnered with Merck in order to support startups focusing on healthcare, life science and performance materials, by providing them office space in the Merck Innovation Centers, mentoring, coaching and financial support of up to €50,000.

Photo: 2017 Seedstars Global Winner.Photo Les Echos Entrepreneurs