Seedstars is a Swiss company founded in 2012, with a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Seedstars connects stakeholders within ecosystems, builds companies from scratch and invests in high growth companies through a range of initiatives including start-up scouting, company building, co-working hubs and acceleration programs. Seedstars has a focus on emerging markets covering 75+ countries worldwide, is in 25+ countries in Africa and has a network of thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, corporations, and government organisations from 80+ countries.

With the mission to promote entrepreneurship in emerging markets and fast growing start-up scenes, the objective of the Seedstars World Competition (hereafter “SSW”) is to identify leading start-ups from all regions and provide them with value added service such as mentoring, networking and access to funding.
SSW Local Events are held around the world as part of this Competition, through which Seedstars works closely with the most sought-after accelerators/incubators, co-working spaces, business angel networks and other forms of start-up facilitators to help accelerate the local ecosystems and provide the most promising Tech entrepreneurs, international exposure.
The Seedstars Local Event will serve as to kick-off the Gambian Tech ecosystem development work under YEP. This will give the nascent Gambian ecosystem international exposure. The Local Event in Banjul will take place on Thursday, 15 November and Saturday, 17 November respectively:

-15 November: one-day extensive boot-camp on pitching
-17 November: final Pitching competition & networking day followed by a reception

The winning start-up will be awarded the opportunity to participate in the Seedstars Regional and the Global Summit as well as access to the Seedstars network of partners.

In the framework of the Tech component of the YEP project, the Seedstars Banjul event will accomplish the following objectives:

  • Support local Tech entrepreneurs by providing them market insights, networking, and trainings
  • Give the Tech ecosystem international dimension and visibility
  • Put the Gambia on the Regional and Global Tech entrepreneurship Map
  • Connect the local tech ecosystem of The Gambia to Seedstars’ network of entrepreneurs, investors and businesses etc. (through the Seedstars Community app)

ITAG with the YEP Project and some of our members are partnering to support this great Initiative, A FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE GAMBIA.