Seedstars chooses 3 Durban startups for SA national final

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Three startups emerged as winners of the Durban leg of the Seedstars World South African competition last night, booking their place in the national final in Johannesburg where they will pitch for a chance to compete for up to US$1 million in investment at the global final in Switzerland.

Seedstars World, which is visiting a host of African countries for this year’s competition, is this year holding a number of pre-selection events in South Africa ahead of a national final to be held in Johannesburg, at which the top three startups from each local event will go head-to-head to win the place in the global final.

The Durban leg of the competition took place last night, with online brand platform for mothers You, Baby and I, wearable medical device producer Vitls and GPS personal tracking product Guardian Angel Safety Solution picked by judges to proceed to the next stage.

The Cape Town event took place last week, with e-logistics solutions Pargo and WumDrop, as well as online crew booking and diary service Crew Pencil, named winners. The final pre-selection event takes place in Soweto next week, with 11 startups going head-to-head for a place in the national final.

You, Baby and I, Vitls and Guardian Angel Safety Solution beat off competition from five other startups to win the Durban event, namely on-demand concierge service app Pocketpa, hairdresser booking app RhinoRecon Group, business instant messaging app builder UXFoundry, dating app Wango, and Digital Sauce, which aims to simplify the process of receiving quotes for home renovations.

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