Second Seedstars Africa Summit to be held in Rwanda


Seedstars World will be hosting the second edition of its annual African Summit in Kigali, Rwanda on 7 December. The event will bring together more than 300 startups and founders.

“After 4 years of hosting competitions across the world and across the African continent, we are more excited than ever about the potential for African entrepreneurs to build global businesses,” said the regional manager for Africa at Seedstars World, Marcello Schermer, in a press release.

Participants of the summit from around the world will have an opportunity to share their own experiences, explore investment opportunities and collaborate with willing entrepreneurs. They will also be able to explore innovative ways to scale beyond their local markets to reach a global clientele.

Travelling across 20 African countries so far in 2016, the summit will connect promising entrepreneurs and ecosystem players with prominent mentors and investors. The summit is supported by major corporations such as Microsoft, Intel, kLab as well as the ministry of ICT and the ICT chamber of Rwanda.

The Seedstars World African Summit seeks to bring together Africa’s most innovative startups

Some of the speakers lined up to present at the summit include CEO of kLab, Aphrodice Mutangana; director of Intel Africa and the Middle East, Hitendra Naik and CEO of Rwanda, Clement Uwajeneza as well as many others.

A few days prior to the conference, Seedstars World will hold an invite-only boot camp which will host over 40 startups. The participating startups will consist of winners from Seedstars World across the African continent as well as 20 Rwandan startups.

The startups will work on improving their business models and growth strategies as well as mastering their investment pitch. This will adequately prepare them for the final Seedstars World Global Summit which takes place in Switzerland next year.

In addition to the bootcamp, selected startups will also have an opportunity to be entered into the Seedstars Growth Programme, a four-month acceleration programme for early-stage startups

Featured image: Lori Howe via Flickr 



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