Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes brought its India round to a successful close during Seedstars Bangalore. The event took place this Saturday in Tech Hub, and 9 selected startups were invited to present their ideas in front of the local jury panel.

The local winner, TapChief, a platform to seek advice from industry experts via phone calls, was selected the best startup in India for its user-friendly solution that has generated a lot of early traction. As a part of the prize, TapChief will be participating at Seedstars Summit, taking place in Switzerland in March 2017, a weeklong training program with the opportunity to meet the other 60 winners, as well as investors and mentors from around the world. Traditionally, the final day of the Summit will be dedicated to pitching in front of audience of 1000 attendees, with the possibility of winning up to the USD 1 million equity investment.

Playlyfe, with its hub of employee engagement products, came second, and Fullonwedding, an end-to-end solution that enables couples to do their wedding planning online, grabbed the last spot in the top 3. The other startups invited to pitch were Cirtru, HipShip, Sportzify, Piki Poll, Trukky and neoEYED.

Seedstars Bangalore also featured an exciting panel, focusing on “Going global - how Indian startups can succeed on the international stage” and discussing the Indian ecosystem and startups from a global perspective. The local Ambassador of Seedstars World, Prateek Khare, from swissnex India organized the event with Seedstars World’s local partner Google. Further support was provided by NUMA, Excubator, Jaaga, BHive, Young Indians and Tech Hub. The event attracted interest from over 130 startups and over 100 attendees.

Continuing on its world tour of startup scenes in emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, Seedstars World’s next stop is Sri Lanka at Colombo’s TRACE, to select the best startup in Sri Lanka. Seedstars World is looking for smart startups that solve regional issues and/or develop profitable products for the global market.

Seedstars is a global organisation based in Switzerland with activities in more than 50 countries around the world. Its mission is to impact people's lives in emerging markets through entrepreneurship and technology. The company's goal is to develop and foster startup ecosystems by connecting, building and investing in driven entrepreneurs. Seedstars connects the best entrepreneurs with investors, corporates and media, and helps them to scale to new markets. They build companies by bringing together resources, talents and growth techniques, and eventually, invest in the most promising entrepreneurs. Sharing the values of trust, efficiency and diversity, Seedstars aims to support the whole entrepreneurial ecosystem from entrepreneurs to investors passing through governments and corporates.

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