• Why Should You Consider Emerging Markets?

    Impressive outlooks


    of growth will be accounted by emerging markets soon


    was the the B2C e-commerce turnover in Asia Pacific, representing 43% of world market share, in 2014

    by 2030

    Sub-Saharan Africa will be home to the majority of the world's population


    of all smartphones will be located in Emerging Markets, by 2020

  • Calling Startups in Vaud, Switzerland

    The Seedstars Expansion Program to Emerging Countries is a 4-day program supported by The Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation (SPEI), that enables startups based in Vaud to implement its international expansion objectives in:

    Latam - Africa - Asia


    The program offers you the possibility to expand, grow and discover emerging economies.

    On application only, we’ll evaluate your fit to the program. This is the opportunity to be fully invited and participate in 1 of the Seedstars Regional Summit which will take place in early December 2018 and/or the Seedstars Summit 2019.

    (see destinations below)


    It is fundamental for Swiss companies to access these high growth opportunities and get the first mover advantage

  • Upcoming Delegations

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

    ASIA Regional Summit

    Bangkok, Thailand

    When: 30th November 2018

    LATAM Regional Summit

    Lima, Peru

    When: 6th December 2018

    AFRICA Regional Summit

    Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

    When: 13th December 2018

  • Program @ Ground

    4 days of qualitative meetings + sightseeing

    Day 1


    Mentoring sessions with experts to learn the keys and machinery to grow. Themed workshops and knowledge transfer with experts and peers.

    Day 2

    Investor Forum

    Dedicated 1:1 meetings with local and international investors. Sessions of 30 minutes to pitch your startup.

    Day 3

    Regional Summit

    Workshop sessions in the morning followed by a Regional conference in the afternoon. Meet the local ecosystem, key corporates and government officials.

    Day 4

    Discover the Ecosystem

    Before a long travel, explore the city with an ecosystem tour around the city.

  • Application Process


    Apply Online

    Fulfil the application form online. You'll be notified early September if you're in for the second round!

    Deadline : 31st of August


    Pitching Day

    Pitch in front of a 3 members jury (SPEI, CVCI, Seedstars) in Lausanne the

    20th September 2018


    Final Selection

    Congrats, you'll join the Delegation Program to one of Seedstars Regional Summits

    Decision : early October

  • Why join ?

    • Access to the Seedstars Bootcamp
    • Enter a new market

    • Grow your network

    • Unlock sales opportunities


    • Early stage
    • Tech focus (R&D technologies)
    • Interest in emerging markets
    • Registered in Vaud

    Sponsored package

    • Return flight (eco)
    • Hotel (2* or 3*, double shared room)
    • Lunch & Dinners
    • Full 4 day program
    N.B. any other costs will be at your charge
  • Testimonials

    "Through Seedstars I discovered a huge system that has been created in the last five years. Tremendous work has been done to stimulate emerging market and connect them with the competent network to make things happen. I was pleased to be invited and proud to be part of such a great organisation.”

    Gabriel, LATAM 2018


    "It was a great experience to get in touch with LATAM investors

    as well as possible partners. I started the conversation with all of them and we are studying possible collaborations.

    Ion, LATAM 2018


    “My overall experience was very positive and I would recommend other Swiss startups to participate in order to better know specificities of the emerging markets.
    Seedstars have built a strong team of young, professional and enthusiastic people, a strong brand and a vast network.”

    Bertrand, AFRICA 2018

  • We Are Present in 75+ Countries

  • They Talked About Us

  • Who We Are

    Since 2013, the Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation (SPEI) of the State of Vaud and Seedstars Group, together with Lausanne Region, Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CVCI) and Innovaud, have collaborated in supporting the vibrant innovation and technology.


    Indeed Switzerland and the State of Vaud have an economy that is largely open to the world and Europe. Exports make up almost one third of Switzerland’s gross domestic product (GDP), and 20% of output in the State of Vaud and principally to the rest of Europe. But what about the rest of the world?


    57% of the Global GDP and 85% of the world's population are located in Emerging markets (source: IMF). We believe it is fundamental that "Swiss made" companies access these high growth opportunities and this is how we count on supporting you.


    The Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation of the State of Vaud (SPEI)


    The Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation of the State of Vaud (SPEI) supports companies that are located in the State of Vaud, especially those involved in the sectors of advanced technology and industry. The Office for Economic Affairs of the State of Vaud advises entrepreneurs and puts them in contact with organizations that are appropriate to their specific needs and can also provide direct financial support.



    Seedstars, a swiss-based international organisation, has for mission to impact people's lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. The group's objective is to connect, build and invest in high growth companies in these regions with the support of its international network of investors, corporates, government agencies, incubators/accelerators and entrepreneurs. It is most famous for its international startup competition, Seedstars World, which is now present in over 75 countries.

  • Seedstars Team

    Rosie Keller

    Regional Manager, Asia


    Juliane Butty

    Regional Manager, LATAM


    Claudia Makadistro

    Regional Manager, AFRICA


    Laure de Peretti

    Seedstars Events Manager


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