On the 13th of July, ten of Ghana’s best seed-stage startups will compete to represent the country at the Seedstars Summit and win up to USD 1 million in equity investments and other prizes.

Accra, Ghana, 27th June 2018 – Seedstars World, the largest startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes is coming to Ghana for the 6th time. With the support of the local host, Business Incubator Center at the University of Professional Studies, Seedstars will be holding a dynamic pitch event on the 13th of July, at 4:00pm.

The companies selected to pitch at the Seedstars Accra event need to be less than 2 years old, have raised less than USD 500,000 in funding and built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction. The Seedstars team is searching for one additional criterion: the startup’s regional and global scalability. With a strong network of international partners, such as Merck, SPECo, Enel or Continental (amongst others) the competition organizers are looking for smart startups that tackle regional issues and develop profitable and sustainable products for the global market.

The applications are open until the 2nd of July and startups are invited to apply at https://seedsta.rs/2jijrUL . After a careful screening, the Seedstars team will shortlist 10 of the best seed-stage startups in Accra to pitch on the 13th of July for the opportunity to compete at the Seedstars Summit, that annually takes place in Switzerland.

“Seedstars World is a platform that connects investors and stakeholders with the next generation of entrepreneurs. Since this will be our 6th time organizing the event at Accra, the stakes are high and we are very excited. We’ve been in this ecosystem for more than 5 years now and know there are companies in Ghana developing high-quality products. We are looking for the best and will take it with us to Switzerland in 2019!”, says Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa at Seedstars.

In order to provide local entrepreneurs with this opportunity and aiming to deliver the best possible event, Seedstars is closely working with Standard Bank, who is representing the initiative throughout the year.

Further support is provided by Business Incubator Centre, University of Professional Studies, Stars from all Nations (SFAN), Ninety3 Studios and Tech Today.

It’s Seedstars’ goal to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging markets especially targeting solutions that align with UN Sustainable Development Goals. With that in mind, Seedstars World is travelling to more than 65 countries to identify the most innovative seed-stage startups, awarding them the opportunity to win up to USD 1 million and network with investors and mentors from around the world at the global Seedstars Summit in Switzerland. Its previous participants have raised over USD 92M collectively, providing employment to more than 2.100 employees worldwide.

The ten startups selected will give a five minutes pitch in English, in front of a jury made up of local startup heavyweights. Members of the public and press are welcome to come join the fun and should register on the above Seedstars Accra website as well!

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