Seedstars Is Coming To Find The Best Startup In Belarus
On September, 22th, around twenty of Belarus’s best seed-stage startups will participate in a bootcamp and compete to represent the country at the global Seedstars Summit in Switzerland and win up to USD 500,000 in equity investments and other prizes.
Minsk, Belarus, July, 29 — Seedstars World, the largest early-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, is coming to Belarus for the first time. With the support of the local partner The Heroes Media, Seedstars will be holding a dynamic Investment Readiness Bootcamp on September, 20th followed by a closed selection panel with investors on September, 22th.
The companies invited to the training session and to privately pitch at the Seedstars Minsk event must have raised less than USD 500k in funding and built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction. The Seedstars team is searching for one additional criterion: potential for regional and global scalability.
Besides representing Belarus at the Seedstars Regional Summit, the winner will get a chance to win an all-inclusive trip to Switzerland, to compete at the Seedstars Summit for the title of Seedstars Global Winner and up to USD 500,000 in equity investments and other prizes.
Seedstars will also award at least 1-month access to the Investment Readiness Program to the finalists invited to pitch locally. It is a non-time bound and data-driven acceleration program focused in boosting tech startups looking to get ready for fundraising. Seedstars connects the entrepreneurs to global experts and mentors, emerging market-specific training materials based on best practices and access to the Seedstars Global investor network.
The applications are open until September, 8 and startups are invited to apply at ssw19-minsk. After careful screening, the Seedstars team will shortlist around ten of the best seed-stage startups to participate in training and 1:1 meetings with investors on September, 20th.
“At Seedstars, we believe talent and good ideas are everywhere. We see ourselves as a platform connecting investors to the next generation of startup entrepreneurs in places where normally people wouldn’t think startup ecosystem have such traction, growth and buzz. We are very excited to be in Belarus, highlighting such a bustling entrepreneurship ecosystem and we are here to witness the reality”, explains Agahuseyn Ahmadov, Regional Manager for CEE & Central Asia at Seedstars, “We are also experts in identifying which are the ones to pull through and how. We’re impressed by what we have seen in the region so far and cannot wait to add startups from Belarus on our map.”
In order to provide local entrepreneurs with this opportunity and aiming to deliver the best possible event, Seedstars is closely working with Dmitry Dosov, CEO at The Heroes Media, who is representing the initiative throughout the year. “Here at The Heroes Media, we help valuable ideas to make a way from a concept to MVP and global scaling. During the last 12 months with the help of our tech partner Humansee Labs we upheld 25 American and European startups which attracted about $10 millions of investments in total. It is a fact that here in Belarus our people have plenty of bright ideas and our country is certainly going to make a startup breakthrough. We want our partnership with Seedstars to be a gift to local startups, as soon as it is the perfect opportunity to declare themselves to the whole world and get awesome insights as well as build a network during the bootcamp”, explains Dmitry Dosov.
"They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds." — Mexican proverb.
Seedstars is a Swiss-based private group of companies with a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. The groups’ activities cover over 80 emerging ecosystems through a variety of events such as the Seedstars World Competition, acceleration programs, physical hubs called Seedspace, venture capital investments and company building activities.
ABOUT SEEDSTARS WORLD COMPETITION
Seedstars World is the world’s largest startup competition in emerging markets. For the past six years, Seedstars Teams travel around for a 9-month world tour and scout for the best early-stage startups in 80+ countries, organizing 100+ events. One winner is selected to represent each country visited, and is invited to attend one of the 5 Regional Summits, reuniting all local winners of each region to network with regional investors, mentors and corporates. Local winners are also awarded the chance to represent their countries at the Seedstars Summit, the competition’s final happening in Switzerland, where startups compete for up to $500,000 in investment. The Seedstars Summit is the flagship event of Seedstars, filled with breakout sessions, panel discussions, specialized workshops and the best minds from emerging markets.
ABOUT THE HEROES MEDIA
The Heroes Media is a global digital platform which aims to enhance entrepreneurs to expand their business reaching new heights. We also strive to unite the IT community making enthusiastic and engaged people build network and share experience. We also intend to help local startups ecosystem grow up and make a breakthrough in tech. Over 50 worldwide startups were launched with our support and expertise. There are more than 20 countries in our list of partnerships and communities, and we plan to scale our platform up worldwide to inspire and unite entrepreneurs and tech devotees from all over the world.