Welcome or welcome back to my blog, ZEMAWorld. it’s been a while. However, the world of entrepreneurship has not been idle. The star competition has stopped in Douala and I would like to give you a report of what happened in this article. Let’s go!
First of all, what is Seedstars?
‘’World’s biggest startup competition in emerging markets!
Seedstars World is a Switzerland based startup competition that takes place in emerging markets. They run +100 local competitions. There, Seedstars gives the startups training, identify and select the best seed-stage startup from each country and award the winners with an opportunity to compete in a Regional event.
Those who are qualified join the Seedstars Global Summit in Switzerland, where one of them is crowned Seedstars World Global Winner.’’
We can see that this is really a high-level competition where we can be sure of the quality of competitiveness of the winning startup at the end of all these stages, this startup can really be called a seed star.
When Seedstars World 2019 arrives in Douala: Local competition process.
The applications were launched, the deadline was October 2. About 25 Startups were invited for a training delivered by Seedstars’ Regional event manager for Africa, Adaeze Zita and others local & regional mentors on October 8 at Activspaces.
ActivSpaces has been the local partner and host of seedstar Douala for three years already in Cameroon
After working closely with the entrepreneurs, the mentors made a selection of the first eleven to participate in the jury interviews.
On Friday, October 11, the 11 selected startups pitched before the jury composed of Rebecca ENONCHONG, Serge NTAMACK, Anthony SAME and Willy HEUBO.
At the end of this presentation, the big winner of this Seedstars Douala 2019 edition is “Digital Renter” (provides an easy way of advertising vacant houses & lands for sale, providing instant notification on new listings to seakers). This startup comes from Buea, the southwest region. It’s therefore this startup that will represent Cameroon at the regional summit for Africa to be held in South Africa next December.
It should be noted that the jury ranked the three best Startups of the evening although only the first will go to the next stage.
In second position we had Clinicplant (an application that allows farmers to quickly diagnose crop diseases and instantly offer the right biological treatments from a simple photo).
In third position, we find VehSeh Inc. (A management system that allows managers/owners to manage/monitor their businesses from anywhere, with an independent Internet point of sale).
The winning startup of Douala will join the Regional Summit, where it will have the opportunity to be selected to join the 3 months Growth Program Online and the Global Seedstars Summit – with the chance to win up to USD500.000 in equity investment.
Seedstars is a catalytic platform for high growth emerging market startups.
You can look forward to an event filled with disruptive tech, inspirational discussions, networking sessions and world class mentoring on critical issues often encountered in the ecosystem!