On July 10th, 12 of Bulgaria’s best startups will compete to represent the country at the Seedstars World final and win up to USD 500’000 in equity investment.
Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, is coming to Sofia on July 10th. Seedstars mission is to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging countries and has expanded its competition to include more than 50 countries for 2015 (36 countries in 2014).
Investment Tracks is the new addition to the competition this year. In partnership with lastminute.com group Seedstars will source the best travel startup. Another important track of the competition is the most innovative fintech company. Each of these Investment Tracks have USD 500K equity prize and are supported by one of the biggest players in the industries. Various other prizes can be won outside the tracks such as the Space Prize, a USD 50K grant awarded by Inmarsat and AP-Swiss. All regional winners of the local events will be invited to Switzerland to pitch at the final event in March 2016.
In order to apply to Seedstars Sofia your startup needs to be less than 2 years old and have less than USD 500’000 in funding. Seedstars World is also looking for smart startups that solve regional issues and/or develop profitable products for the global markets. With partners such as MEST, Google for Entrepreneurs, and Microsoft, Seedstars World identifies fast-growing and pioneering startup scenes and is on a mission to support regional businesses and their growth.
“Seedstars World is a platform connecting investors to the next generation of startup entrepreneurs, pulling the spotlight away from Silicon Valley and Western Europe. We honestly think that the best way to have an impact in emerging countries is by investing and promoting entrepreneurship” explains Alisée de Tonnac, Seedstars World CEO.
Seedstars World is organizing its pitch competition in Sofia in partnership with StartUP Foundation, Start It Smart, Eleven Accelerator & Venture Fund, Silicon Drinkabout, LAUNCHub, and CCC Startups. Joining the event is a jury panel made up of Seedstars World CEO Alisée de Tonnac, Steve Keil, CEO of Mammoth DB, Dilyan Dimitrov, Founder of Eleven Accelerator & Venture Fund, Chris Georgiev from StartUP Foundation, Stoyan Angelov, Founder of Startup Drinkabout, and Evelin Velev, Co-Founder of Start it Smart. Up to 12 of the best startups in Bulgaria will be invited to pitch for the opportunity to compete at the final event.
APPLY with your startup idea by July 6th
(use invite code: SSW_Sofia_2015)
Join the live presentations at VIVACOM ArtHall, 4 Gurko Str on July 10th! RSVP now.