Five #ZimStartups To Seedstars Africa Summit

Five Zimbabwean tech startups travel to Mozambique for the Seedstars Africa Summit next month where they will get mentorship and exposure. The previous leg saw just the winning startup getting a chance to go to the African Summit.

This is the final tour in Africa for the Swiss based accelerator.

By Kudakwashe Pembere

“This year we are going to do something different here in Harare, something we have never done before. The five startups that one prizes today will be going to the Africa Summit in Mozambique,” said a Seedstars Official. .

“The Regional summit is the final event of our tour in Africa, held in Maputo, Mozambique! After visiting more than 20 different countries from May to November 2017, we are bringing together the best entrepreneurs from across the continent for a regional conference.

Seedstars Harare 2017 Runners up

“We will be joined by the best people from the corporate, government, startup and the investment world to share knowledge, connect regional/global stakeholders and to inspire attendees to believe in the potential of innovation on the African continent,” said Seedstars.

The 20 Seedstars World local winners will take part to an intensive bootcamp and an investor day. The Summit starting on December 12, 2017 will end up with a regional conference on December 14.

Impact Hub Harare in partnership with Seedstars World hosted the Seedstars Harare pitch event recently.  Ten Zimbabwean start-ups were selected to participate for the opportunity to compete at the regional competition in Mozambique and the global Seedstars Summit in Switzerland in 2018.

As a part of the prize, myRunner which won this year participate at Seedstars Summit, taking place in Switzerland in April 2018, a weeklong training program with the opportunity to meet the other +75 winners, as well as investors and mentors from around the world. Traditionally, the final day of the Summit will be dedicated to pitching in front of an audience of 1000 attendees, with the possibility of winning up to the USD 1 million equity investment and other prizes.

Munch, a tech based, logistics, online food ordering company that connects hungry food lovers with local restaurants in their city came second, and Equities Nest, a platform will help you get started on the African stock markets with a few clicks, grabbed the last spot in the top three.

Additionally, two additional prizes were annouced during the event. The civic tech prize went to Tipster, which is democratising the news making process by placing the power of the media into the hands of the ordinary people. The Best Learner prize, awarded to the startup that showed the most progress during the two day bootcamp organized at Impact Hub, went to Commonground, a peer-networking app that connects university students to share projects, ideas, and opportunities.

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