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Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes is coming to India for the 5th time. With the support of the local partner Startup Safari and host WeWork Gurgaon, Seedstars will be holding a dynamic pitch event on May 18th at 3pm.

The companies selected to pitch at the Seedstars Delhi event need to be less than 2 years old, have raised less than USD 500,000 in funding and built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction. The Seedstars team is searching for one additional criterion – the startup’s regional and global scalability.

The applications are open until May 10th and startups are invited to apply at http://bit.ly/SSW18Delhi. After a careful screening, the Seedstars team will shortlist 8 of the best seed-stage startups in Delhi to pitch on May 18th for a place in the competition finals at the Seedstars Summit, that annually takes place in Switzerland.

Seedstars World is the first global startup competition focused on emerging and fast-growing markets. For five years now, it has built a network in 65+ countries, with the teams traveling the world to source innovative startup investment opportunities.

This year, Seedstars World Asia has partnered with Merck Accelerator to support seed-stage companies with a focus on Life Sciences (Biotech, AgriTech, Healthtech, Environment and Lab Solutions). The most promising startups in these verticals will compete on Seedstars Summit to receive office space at the Merck Innovation Center in Germany, mentoring and coaching on a regular basis and financial support of up to €50,000.

“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 India, highlighting such a bustling entrepreneurship ecosystem”, explains Rosie Keller, Regional Manager for Asia at Seedstars, “We’re impressed by what we have seen in the region so far and cannot wait discover more innovative solutions coming out of the Indian ecosystem this year.”

It’s Seedstars’ goal to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging markets, especially targeting solutions that align with UN Sustainable Development Goals. With that in mind, Seedstars World is travelling to more than 65 countries to identify the most innovative seed-stage startups, awarding them the opportunity to win up to USD 1 million in equity investment and network with investors and mentors from around the world at the global Seedstars Summit in Switzerland, and at their local Regional Summits. Previous Seedstars participants have raised over USD 92M collectively, providing employment to more than 2,100 employees worldwide.

Seedstars is a Swiss based group with the mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Seedstars connects stakeholders, builds companies from scratch with public and private partners and invests in high growth startups within these ecosystems. Through different activities, that range from startup scouting to company building and acceleration programs, the team has built the most powerful network of entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, corporations and government officials from 65+ fast growing economies around the globe. Seedstars group includes Seedstars World, a worldwide startup competition, sourcing the top talent in technology and entrepreneurship in emerging markets; Seedstars Growth, a three month virtual acceleration program; Seedspace, a network of coworking and co-living spaces now in 35+ countries and Seedstars Academy, a six months intensive training for aspiring local entrepreneurs on how to build sustainable businesses. Some of Seedstars main partners are Enel (Energy), School of Management Fribourg (HEG Fribourg) & TRECC – Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities (Education), BBVA (Finance), Tag Heuer (Entrepreneurship and Innovation), Merck (Health) and Continental (Mobility).

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Suman Chaudhary
An engineer by education and writer by profession, Suman keeps tab on startup ecosystem of India and leads the research team of IndiaWeb2 for covering funding deals, merger & acquisition and market reports.

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