Seedstars Investments funds high impact technology entrepreneurs in emerging markets. We leverage our on the ground presence and network that covers 80 markets to discover the best early stage ventures and provide value from idea to the later stage. Entrepreneurial talents are truly global but currently lack the resources to develop fully. Our mission is to enable high growth tech firms to thrive in emerging markets.
Our Unique Approach
Thanks to our massive network in 80+ emerging markets, startups build relationships and partnerships that wouldn’t be possible without Seedstars.
Expertise & Support
More than just cash, we work with investees during a 14 week Growth Program providing tools and best practices to boost growth and prepare for the next funding round which we intend to lead.
Emerging Market Pros
Since 2012, we’ve pioneered the discovery and development of emerging market tech scenes and now have activities in over 80 markets. We know emerging markets and can help you open up in new regions.
The Growth Program
All our investments pass through the Growth Program. The growth program is a three month virtual acceleration program focused on growth and traction. We select top startups from emerging markets that are ready to invest in growth.
Rather than taking you out of your market, we bring the expertise to you virtually so you remain close to your market. We bring in a wide variety of experts focused on growth marketing, product optimization, user testing, sales, fundraising and more. We teach you the best methodology to accelerate your startup and be ready to raise Series A.
3 key components
Initial investment for 5% to 10% Equity.
14 Week Intense Growth Program.
Up to $500,000
Follow on Investment.
During the growth program we invest in two distinct phases. First we do a small investment to fund growth experiments during the Growth Program and optionally follow on with a larger ticket as part of the Series A round after the program.
Phase 1 - $50k
The first investment includes:
$15k at the start of the program
$15k half way through the program (first evaluation)
$20k to cover Growth Program fees
Equity taken: 5% to 10%
Equity Back Guarantee
Phase 2 - $500k
The follow-on investment decision is taken post April 2018 with:
Equity taken: up to 20%
1. Application & Screening
May - November
We source startups through our global startup competition; Seedstars World. Winners of each local event are screened fully and may be selected for participation in the Growth program.
2. Bootcamp & Selection
November - December
The growth program team will travel to 5 events in Africa, Asia, Latam, CEE and MENA to meet potential candidates face to face and run a 3 day bootcamp. The final selection will be made by mid December.
3. Growth Program Kick-off
8th of January
The Growth Program starts in early January and kicks off by defining OKRs, setting up tools and building the foundation for growth.
4. Virtual Program
January - April
The virtual program runs through a series of 10 modules focused on growth and Series A fundraising through weekly 1:1 mentoring sessions and expert webinars with subject gurus.
5. Seedstars Summit
9th - 13th of April
The program culminates with an intensive week in Lausanne, Switzerland at the global Seedstars Summit. The week includes a two day bootcamp, an investor forum and the conference with participants from 80+ markets.
With over 3000 experts in our network, we can tap into professionals from all sectors, industries and regions.
Some of our recent experts have included the following:
Interested in joining us as a mentor?