Ecosystem

Seedstars Summit to bring 65+ startups including many from MENA in Switzerland to compete for $1M investment

Seedstars traveled around the world last year to handpick 65+ startups that will now gather at its summit in Lausanne, Switzerland to compete for different prizes, and the title of Seedstars Global Winner, qualifying to win up to $1 million in equity investment. The startups that have been selected are from different verticals including FinTech, EdTech, HealthTech, AgTech, InsurTech, and more, representing the countries from Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Asia and Africa.

The MENA startups that will be at the event include:

JunkBot from UAE that sells DIY robotic kits to help children make real life working robots from unwanted junk.

WNNA from Bahrain that’s an AI driven contextual search which uses big open data semantic web to provide users with personalized recommendations through its web and mobile apps.

Vision in Motion from Lebanon which is a B2B software solution that helps retailers understand their customers using security cameras and computer vision.

Jordan’s 3oun that connects users with handymen through its mobile applications.

Paym.es from Turkey:  A shopping chatbot that helps users buy or sell different things securely over Facebook Messenger by asking them series of questions.

Tunisia’s Favizone that enables retailers to put an artificial multichannel seller: chatbot on Messenger, products recommendations and email marketing.

Morocco’s Hooplacar that connects brands with drivers to create on-vehicle advertising campaigns that can be monitored in real-time through GPS tracking and different marketing KPIs.

WideBot from Egypt that lets users create their own chatbots through its platform without any coding knowledge.

General Senses from Kuwait that uses latest innovations in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and advanced natural human interfaces to create different experiences for its clients including 360 imagery and virtual tours.

Seedstars Summit that will be held on April 11-12 will also attract attract startups enthusiasts, investors, business angels, government officials, incubators, NGOs and journalists from all over the world. The summit will be held in Lausanne, one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland.

It is the fifth edition of Seedstars Summit and will be be celebrated with the purpose to address crucial questions: where do we want to be five years from now regarding technology and innovation? How will the entrepreneurship from fast-growing markets impact the world economy?

The event will feature some international speakers including Mashable’s Gwendolyn Regina, tech founder and CEO of AppsTech Rebecca Enonchong, Easy Taxi’s founder Tallis Gomes, a fish-farmer-turned-agriculture-tech-entrepreneur Gibran Huzaifah who founded eFishery, a company trying to revolutionize Indonesian aquaculture market. The investors who will be present at the event include Ace & Company, Omidyar Network, Index Ventures and 500 Startups and many others.

70 experts from different renowned companies in the world will spend two days mentoring the selected entrepreneurs, who will be provided with in-depth insights and mentorship. The Investor Forum will take place on the third day when the startups will present their one minute pitches, and attend the one-on-one meetings with Swiss and international investors. The 12 finalists will also be announced on the same day and the main event will take place on fourth day, April 12.

For those of you who are interested in attending the event, the passes start from ~$180 and you can buy them here. We’ve teamed up with Seedstars to offer 10% discount which you can avail by using this code: MENABYTES10.

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