Global seed stage startup competition Seedstars World is to host its first Tunisian event tomorrow (May 18), with 14 startups to pitch head-to-head for a place in the global finals and the chance to win US$1,000,000 investment.
Disrupt Africa reported in April Seedstars World announced the world-touring competition will visit 20 African countries this year – up from 13 African events last year. First-time events will be held in Mali, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia.
The first Tunisian event is set for tomorrow, and will be held at the Dauphine University of Tunis.
14 startups have been selected to compete at the event.
Those set to compete are Evey Technologies – an online survey platform; Secure Drive Company, a hardware and software for car accident detection; localised advertising platform OMNIA; Akeed Solutions – a technology that optimizes embedded systems testing; tourism oriented augmented reality solution Incept; Talenthub – a social tool for headhunting and online recruiting; and Vynd Solutions, a mobile platform for local businesses and consumers.
Also competing are big data health platform Hippocrate; NewGen, an interactive mobile gaming system with physical toys; book sharing platform YallaRead; Lahja SARL, an Arab language translation app; telematics solution provider InsighTelematics; equity crowdfunding platform Afrikwity; and expense management solution Expensya.
“Entrepreneurs are important both as individuals working on startups and within larger corporations working towards innovation. Entrepreneurship is important for the cultural value it adds to society and the mindset it fosters. We look forward to hosting this event at Dauphine to promote entrepreneurship among Dauphine’s students and to give these entrepreneurs global recognition,” said Amina Zeghal, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Dauphine University of Tunis.
The winning team from the Tunisian event will join other local heat winners at the global finals to be held in Switzerland in March 2017; where the regional winners will battle it out for US$1,00,000 in investment.