SEEDSTARS SELECTS THE TOP 10 MOST PROMISING ENTREPRENEURS TO COMPETE IN FREETOWN

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Here are the most promising applicants  from Freetown’s startup scene selected to compete at Seedstars Freetown first edition for a chance to represent the country at the Seedstars Africa Summit and potentially, the global Seedstars Summit in Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland, 28th August 2019 – Seedstars World, the largest seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, has brought its pre-selection rounds to an end. With the support of the local host Sensi Tech Hub, Seedstars World will be holding a dynamic pitch event on August 30th, 2019, to choose the country’s most promising startups.

Besides representing Sierra Leone at the Seedstars Africa  Summit, the winner will win an all-inclusive trip to the Seedstars Africa Summit and the chance to win a spot at the Seedstars Global Summit in Switzerland where the winner will take home a 500K USD investment prize In addition, the winner will receive 3 months access to the investment readiness program.

The top startups to advance to the finals are:

Company One Liner (PR)
Agro Fish Farm Agro Fish Farm let’s anyone order fresh fish at any time and affordable prices
FEPO Fepo offers simple web solutions to the public that is efficient, reliable and secure
Jalimi Farms Jalimi farms provides smart farm solutions for coastal farmers.
Light Salone Innovation Light Salone Innovation designs and fabricate small scale renewable energy plants
Project 2000 Project 2000 Agtech offers spot on-time delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables of high nutritional quality
Salonebuy Salonebuy is an online marketplace providing a platform for buying, selling, and communicating locally or internationally
Shop SL Shop SL is an online marketplace for local produce
TapTap SL Taptap is a smart mobile app that allows passengers to order for ride with just a tap anywhere, any time. It’s fast, safe and convenient.
Uniworks SL Uniworks is a complete university management system. Uniworks also developed a digital payment solution and Student ID.
TrackYourbuild Track Your Build is a data analytics company that provides mapping, data analysis and insights for multiple uses

The startups will pitch in front of a jury that consists of Kumba Liliana Musa, Data Scientist, Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation; Hamid Gbawuru Marah, SME TA Facility Manager, SL Accelerator (Sierra Leone Agro processing Competitiveness Project); Esther Michael Emeh, Brand Manager , UBA SL LTD; Mary Ann Kai Kai, Creative Director and CEO, Madam Wokie; Dr. Alfred Mbeteh PhD, Founder and CEO De VICTORS; and Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa at Seedstars.

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ABOUT SEEDSTARS
“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” – Mexican proverb

Seedstars is a Swiss-based group with the mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. Seedstars connects stakeholders, builds companies from scratch with public and private partners and invests in high-growth startups within these ecosystems. Seedstars aims at fostering impact investing and impact entrepreneurship over the world. Through different activities, that range from startup scouting, events organization to company building and acceleration programs, Seedstars has built the world’s biggest community of changemakers in emerging markets. Seedstars group includes the largest startup competition in emerging markets (Seedstars World Competition), the Entrepreneurship Forum for Emerging Markets (Seedstars Summit), physical entrepreneurs hubs (Seedspace), acceleration programs (Seedstars Growth), teaching & training programs (Seedstars Academy) and an investment entity with a startup lab and a fund (Seedstars Investments).  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 (Fempreneurship, Time Saving and Innovation), Merck (Health) and Continental (Mobility).

ABOUT SEEDSTARS WORLD COMPETITION

Seedstars World is the world’s largest startup competition in emerging markets. It has been five years now that Seedstars Team takes off every year for a 9-month world tour and scouts for the best early-stage startups in 65+ 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 final happening in Switzerland, where startups compete for up to $1Mn 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.

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.

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