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What to expect when Seedstars World heads to Accra

The next leg of Seedstars World will take place in the capital of Ghana, Accra, on Sunday 21 August 2016.

The event, which will be hosted at Impact Hub Accra, will see ten startups pitch in front of a panel of esteemed judges such as Associate for Seedstars World Selam Kebede and Executive Secretary for African Entrepreneurs Hub, Mansa Ayisi-Okyere. Other judges include Director of EDEL Technology Consulting, Ethel Cofie; Investor relations for Ghana Angel Investors Network Leticia Browne and Director of GhanaThink Foundation, Ato Ulzen-Appiah.

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This leg of Seedstars World is possible due to the support of Impact Hub Accra and other international partners such as Brussels Airlines.

“We can offer the winning business the visibility and reach they need. Africa is the stronghold of our network, and we are committed to giving back to the communities we fly to,” said CEO of Brussels Airlines, Bernard Gustin. “Seedstars World is the ideal partner for us to do so. By enabling African tech startups to showcase their business to all our long-haul guests from and to Africa, North-Atlantic and soon also India, we hope to contribute to the further development of technology entrepreneurship on the continent,” he continued.

The next ten to undergo the pitching competition are:

HQ Renewable Tech – A startup dedicated to reusing and bringing old batteries back to working condition.

GoSun Stove – A solar energy company selling cookers that don’t require much solar energy to cook food thoroughly. For every cooker sold, they plant 20 trees.

Krinotech Solutions – A web application that allows users to save and invest their money from their mobile phone.

Chalkboard Education – A plug-and-play learning solution which works without an internet connection.

Swappaholics – Allows companies and individuals to trade their products and services without the use of money.

Cocktail Insights – A social media marketing agency that helps e-commerce businesses and merchants take their business further.

SynCommerce – A web service which allows you to manage and synchronise your inventory across multiple channels.

TECHAiDE – Produced a content delivery system that reaches low-income communities without sufficient internet coverage.

Landmapp – Offers low-cost tenure mapping to rural communities.

Nubian Oryx – Uses sustainable earthbag building technology in African housing initiatives.

“After reviewing all the startups that applied to SeedStars Accra 2016, we feel very confident that this will be another successful event, one which will showcase Ghana’s potential as an exporter of technology,”says local ambassador  and Community Manager at Impact Hub Accra, Victor Kelechi. “Competition will be fierce this year, and we hope that the winner will represent our country proudly in the SeedStars Summit in Switzerland,” he continued.

“Last year we found our startup Asoriba here, who won our African Regional Summit and made it to the top 10 at our Global summit,” said Kebede. “For us, this is a confirmation that exceptional talent can be found in Ghana and we are looking forward to meeting this year’s batch of talented entrepreneurs,” she continued.

The winner of Seedstars World Accra will head to the final in Switzerland which takes place on 6 April 2017. There, the contestants will have a chance to win up to US$1-million and be added to an exclusive network of mentors and investors.

For more information on Seedstars World Accra, click here.

Featured image:David Stanley via Flickr 

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