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FIVE STARTUPS FROM MOLDOVA VIE FOR A SPOT AT THE SEEDSTARS WORLD COMPETITION 2020/21
November 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am
Chisinau, Moldova – November 16th, 2020: Five up-and-coming tech startups from Moldova are set to pitch on November 26th at 16:00 at the Online Seedstars Chisinau Competition 2020/21. One local winner will move on to the Regional Stage and compete for a spot at the Grand Finale, where the grand prize is USD 500K in equity investment. The Online Seedstars Chisinau pitching event will be broadcast on the Seedstars Facebook event page here. Add the event to your calendar here: https://seedsta.rs/38PTNlb
Seedstars, a Swiss-based private company, holds a yearly global pitch competition for promising tech startups in emerging markets. This year, the organization is holding the Online Seedstars World Competition 2020/21 virtually. Currently, the startups selected to be part of the competition are training to compete for the local winner title which will allow them to move on to the Regional Stage of the competition. From the regionals, 5 winning startups will then advance to the Grand Finale for a shot at USD 500K in equity investment.
“We are very excited to be in Chisinau with the Online Seedstars World Competition. Despite the global pandemic, our goal remains to provide the local startups with an opportunity to scale, raise their visibility, and attain funds to help their businesses grow. The pitch event is expected to be remarkable as we get to hear the latest innovations and solutions coming from the local ecosystem,” shares Zarina Gabdolova, Community and Events manager in CEE & Central Asia at Seedstars.
For the Moldova chapter, the competition is already on to the next phase as the selection process brings five startups from Moldova to the pitching stage, where one winner will be selected to join the regional Online Seedstars CEE event coming up in winter 2021. Namely, the participants in the running for the Online Seedstars Chisinau Competition 2020/21 are the following:
- SMARTEST: Online platform where high school students can accurately evaluate their gaps in knowledge and pinpoint their learning necessities.
- Staf Online: a global job board that connects employers and job seekers in a transparent and accessible way.
- Cortex: a full stack end-to-end machine learning development company aimed at creating state of the art models for your business needs.
- Fastboss OU: an AI Voice Assistant APP that helps users generate business preset documents when they are outdoor.
- LaMoldova: tourist marketplace that includes a lot of touristic destinations that is able to promote Moldova as unique system with many possibilities
The Online Seedstars Chisinau Competition 2020/21 is organized with the support of main partner Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, as well as local partners USAID Moldova, Government of Sweden and local organizers Tekwill, Startup Moldova.
Seedstars is a Swiss-based private company with a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. The groups’ activities cover over 90 emerging ecosystems through a variety of initiatives such as the Online Seedstars World Competition, acceleration programs, physical hubs called Seedspace, venture capital investments and company building activities.
“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” – Mexican proverb
ABOUT SEEDSTARS WORLD COMPETITION
In 2013, Seedstars started as Seedstars World, an initiative created by founding partners Pierre-Alain Masson and Alisée de Tonnac who, equipped with a backpack and passion to change the world, set on a world tour across 20 entrepreneurial ecosystems to scout for the most promising early-stage startups and build the largest entrepreneurial community in emerging markets.
The first startup competition in 13 countries was a massive success and gained attention on a global scale. It showed to the world the untapped potential of developing economies, innovative solutions and talented entrepreneurs willing to transform their communities. This led to larger tours for the following six years, bringing together thousands of entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and experts. Today, Seedstars World is the largest startup competition in emerging markets.
However, in 2020, things are taking on a new twist. Reimagining its World Tour online, Seedstars will now digitally travel across the globe for a 9-month world tour to scout for the best early-stage startups in 90+ countries, organizing 100+ online local competitions. One winner will be selected to represent each country and will be invited to attend one of the 5 Regional stage competitions, reuniting all local winners of each region to network with regional investors, mentors and corporates. Regional winners are also awarded the chance to represent their countries at the Grand Finale, the competition’s final happening each year in April, where startups compete for up to $500,000 in investment.
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