Ideas and talent exist everywhere, not just in the Silicon Valley. Capital, business support, and access to networks, on the other hand, not
Create a global startup competition for funded projects to gain visibility and meet mentors and investors while receiving financial support.
This is the total amount allocated to FinancialTimes Startup Competition
Seedstars SA, is a Swiss-based company, is on a mission to impact people's lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Through its activities ranging from startup scouting to acceleration programs, Seedstars has built a network of 250,000+ stakeholders that span 95+ countries.
Seedstars has grown into a global community that believes in the innovative potential of emerging markets. We aim to contribute by running the Seedstars World Competition, Seedspace hubs, various acceleration and growth programs and, at the same time, investing in high-growth companies from Latin America, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central and South Asia. In total we have done 85 capacity building programs in the last few years. We have supported more than 1700 teams and activated 4800 mentors to take part in our activities. Our average NPS for programs is 79 and we helped 67% of our program participants to increase their revenue, 52% to raise follow-on funds and 63% to hire staff.
Seedstars understands how aspiring emerging market entrepreneurs need financing, the right skills, specific know-how, the right network and community to create repeatable and scalable business models that create economic, social and environmental impact. The Seedstars Impact Investment Readiness program emerged as the best response, giving entrepreneurs the right content, activities, tools and methods to build and scale their ideas, but also matching entrepreneurs with the right investors and mentors.
About the Financial Times Challenge
Launched in 2018, FT Talent is an international event, with annual Financial Times as well as partnership editions. The FT Challenge, powered by the FT and Seedstars, will have for mission to source, select, support and award the most promising impact driven startups.
The FTxSDG Challenge, powered by the Financial Times and Seedstars, has a mission to empower impact-driven entrepreneurs in emerging markets through a startup competition.
By partnering with FT Seedstars Challenge, you can create an impact by encouraging top social entrepreneurs and innovators to access a global network and key resources to scale their businesses and contribute to transforming the world's food, land, and water systems in a climate crisis.
More information about the current edition:
The plan would be to invite funded companies from previous funds to participate in the next edition of the startup competition and create a Cardano Catalyst prize, bringing visibility to the Catalyst fund in one of the most prestigious media outlets in the World and also giving the opportunity for the entrepreneurs to network and find new investors.
Prize for startups include:
- Short track to Seedstars Investor Fund (investment size of USD 500K)
- Free participation to the 3 months Seedstars Growth Program (value of USD 80K)
- FT Talent visibility package
FT x Seedstars X Cardano Catalyst Challenge: selection process
The next edition will happen in May 2022 and the launch of the campaign would take place from January to April.
The Financial Times would commit to the promotion and visibility of the challenge.
Day 1: Welcome
Day 2 and 3 : Bootcamp
Day 4 and 5 : Hackathon
Day 6: Public Event
Visibility with FT: co-branded marketing campaign & estimated reach
Sourcing Campaign: 10k USD
Screening and Selection: 20k USD
Training and Mentorship Hub: 10k USD
Online Event production: 15k USD
Marketing PR and Advertising: 10k USD
TOTAL: 65k USD
Seedstars has been organizing the biggest startup competition in Emerging Markets for the past 8 years. To learn more seedstars.com