10 Tanzanian Startups to Pitch at Seedstars World Dar es Salaam
Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, will hold a pitch event for 10 startups in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on Thursday, July 20th at the Buni Innovation Hub. The event, in partnership with the Swiss Embassy, COSTECH and the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF), is aimed at finding the best startup which will represent the country at the annual global Seedstars Summit and win up to USD 500 000 in equity funding.
The 10 startups that selected to pitch to a panel of judges include online music and video platform, Afropremiere, sanitary napkin vending machine developer, Be A Lady, on-demand laundry service Emakatt, agri-tech startup Flow Farm , and e-book distribution service HadithiApp.
Others are mobile insurance company Nedfrids Africa Limited, school management system ScholarDream Co. Ltd, scholarship finding app, SOMAAPPS Technologies Limited, mobile learning company, tanzDevs Company and on-demand space rental platform, Worknasi.
The top startup which emerge in the pitch competition will be declared the most promising startup in Tanzania in 2017 and invited to pitch at the global stage.
Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager at Seedstars World was quoted as saying the competition is a platform connecting investors to the next generation of startup entrepreneurs, pulling the spotlight from Silicon Valley and Western Europe. “We are impressed by what we have seen in the continent so far and cannot wait to add startups from Tanzania on our map,” she said.
As part of activities for the global competition with the support of its strong network of international partners such as BBVA, Merck, Enel, Trecc and Standard Bank, Seedstars World travelling to more than 65 countries this year to identify smart startups capable of solving regional issues and developing profitable products for the global market.
Also, the global startup competition is working very closely with Enel Green Power to source the most innovative business models in the energy sectors and ones that are fostering socio-economic development in rural villages in Africa.
Up to 5 best startups in this sector will be invited for an exclusive RES4Africa networking event taking place later this November in Nairobi and compete for an Africa Energy Prize which consists of a financial contribution and a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up to $50,000.
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