• Emerging Markets Delegations

    Meet the experts on the ground: entrepreneurs, investors, government, corporates

    The Seedstars Delegation Program to Emerging Markets is a 5-day delegation to 4 different emerging markets for you to explore sales opportunities and expand your reach. You’ll be meeting with key stakeholders based on your needs. Only 5 to 8 companies will be selected, and applicants can choose to attend to attend one or more of the following 3 delegations that will take place in 2017: Shanghai, São Paulo and Dubai.


    Shanghai, China


    A technology and innovation center with global impact that counts with governmental support. A new and growing startup hub.


    When: August 20 - 25, 2017

    Why Shanghai?

    China has been a hub of entrepreneurship for many years now. Starting with the removal of external and internal labor market restrictions to encourage entrepreneurship in the technology and service industries in Shanghai, China’s government is taking the next steps in its market-oriented economic policies, opening its economy further, and attracting foreign talent to start businesses.


    The government is building facilities for startups, a technology research university, science laboratories, and other measures to attract worldwide talent, with the objective of establishing Shanghai as a technology and innovation center with global impact. The government also announced a plan to compensate local investors for their financial losses up to 60% of the invested amount into seed stage startups. Further initiatives include visa changes that will allow foreign entrepreneurs to obtain permanent residence or working status in Shanghai within a few years, as well as visa-upon entry measures for those that have investments in China or who have already obtained work permission.


    The core benefits of participating in the Shanghai delegation include:

    - network with leading VCs, accelerators, entrepreneurs, corporates and government officials.

    - apply for a 3-month incubation program hosted by TusPark, a leading hi-tech park across the clean tech, smart devices, TMT and new materials' sectors.

    - engage in the Seedstars Shanghai pitching competition, benefiting from both the mentoring sessions, introductions and accessibility to the main event.

    - day trips to nearby Nanjing and Ningbo, fully arranged by TusPark.


    Industries: e-commerce, Fintech, IoT


    Who to meet:

    • Investors: Sequoia Capital, Vivo Ventures (biotech & science), Northern Light Venture Capital, Cathay Capital, Chengwei Capital, SOS Ventures

    • Tech companies: Google, Huawei, Lenovo, Baidu, Tencent

    • Accelerators, Innovation Centers, Eco-system Players: Chinaccelerator, XNODE, swissnex, TusPark, ZJPark, Technode, CLAP, Bitnexo/Darren Camas

    Expected costs: between 1,400 CHF - 1,700 CHF

    Deadline for applications: June 30, 2017


    Have questions? Reach out to Sofia Curado, (sofia (at) seedstars.com) your Swiss contact, or to Nick Feneck (nick (at) seedstars.com), the Regional Manager for Asia.

    São Paulo, Brazil


    Along with Mexico City, it's the fintech capital in Latin America. Most banks have official open innovation programs.


    When: August 29 - Sept 2, 2017

    Why São Paulo?

    São Paulo is Brazil’s startup hub. If you’re doing business in fintech, consumer apps, B2B/SaaS or social entrepreneurship, this is the city to go to. São Paulo, along with Mexico City, is the fintech capital in Latin America: with innovative solutions such as QueroQuitar, Bit.one and Nubank, most banks also have official open innovation programs, including Bradesco’s InovaBra. There’s also heavy investment done in consumer finance solutions such as BankFacil.


    Industries: Fintech, Consumer Apps, SaaS, Social Impact


    Who to meet:

    • Investors: Redpoint eVentures, Astella Investment, Qualcomm Ventures, Monashees

    • Tech companies: Google, Amazon, Uber, Microsoft

    • Consultancy: Accenture, Grant Thornton, E&Y

    • Accelerators & Innovation Centers: Cubo, Campus São Paulo, ACE

    Expected costs: between 1,500 CHF - 1,800 CHF

    Deadline for applications: July 15, 2017


    Have questions? Reach out to Sofia Curado, (sofia (at) seedstars.com) your Swiss contact, or to Juliane Butty (juliane (at) seedstars.com), the Regional Manager for LATAM.

    Dubai, UAE


    Dubai is a major regional hub and a launching pad for businesses targeting the MENA region.


    When: September 20 - 23, 2017

    Why Dubai?

    In the last decade, Dubai has emerged as a major regional capital and global startup hub. The city is comprised of enterprising residents who hail from nearby Lebanon, Iran, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and serves as a launching pad for businesses targeting the MENA region and further afield to Africa and Asia. The government in the UAE has been instrumental in building a startup ecosystem and attracted world-class investors, mentors and entrepreneurs from all continents. The appeal for entrepreneurs is having a quick moving market as a testing ground with direct access to global corporates.


    A side delegation can also be arranged to neighboring Bahrain where Bahrain Economic Development Bank, Rowad, and CH9 Hub, are eager to put Bahrain on the MENA startup map. Bahrain offers direct access to the sizeable Saudi market, lower cost of living than Dubai, and great incentives for foreigners to set up businesses. Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Business Park have recently launched, demonstrating the potential to harness scalable businesses.


    Industries: e-commerce, Edtech, Medtech, Fintech, Social Impact


    Who to meet:

    • Investors: TURN8, Beco Capital, Wamda Capital, WOMENA, 500Startups, MEVP, 1776

    • Tech companies: Intel, Souq.com, Aramex, Choueiri Group, Vivaki

    • Fintech companies: Souqalmal, Finerd, PayU, Democrance

    • Accelerators, Innovation Centers, Eco-System builders: MAGNiTT, Twofour54, IN5, Astrolabs, DSO, Flat6Labs

    Expected costs: between 1,800 CHF - 2,100 CHF

    Deadline for applications: July 31, 2017


    Have questions? Reach out to Sofia Curado, (sofia (at) seedstars.com) your Swiss contact, or to Igor Ovcharenko (igor (at) seedstars.com), the Regional Manager for MENA.