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SEEDSTARS CHISINAU RETURNS TO FIND THE BEST STARTUP IN MOLDOVA
October 2, 2018
On October 19, 10 of Moldova’s best seed-stage startups will compete to represent the country at the Seedstars Summit and win up to USD 1 million in equity investment.
Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes is coming to Moldova for the 3rd time. Organized by the Moldova Association of ICT Companies (ATIC) and hosted by Tekwill, Seedstars Chisinau will be holding a dynamic pitch event on October 19.
The companies selected to pitch at the Seedstars Chisinau event need to be less than 2 years old, have raised less than USD 500,000 in funding and built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction. The Seedstars team is searching for one additional criterion — the startup’s regional and global scalability. Seedstarsn Chisinau is looking for smart startups that tackle regional issues and develop profitable and sustainable products for the global market, to support their regional businesses and growth.
It’s Seedstars’ goal to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging markets, especially targeting solutions that align with UN Sustainable Development Goals. With that in mind, Seedstars World is traveling to more than 65 countries to identify the most innovative seed-stage startups, awarding them the opportunity to win up to USD 1 million and network with investors and mentors from around the world at the global Seedstars Summit in Switzerland. Its previous participants have raised over USD 92M collectively, providing employment to more than 2,100 employees worldwide.
“At Seedstars, we believe talent and good ideas are everywhere. We see ourselves as a platform connecting investors to the next generation of startup entrepreneurs in places where normally people wouldn’t think startup ecosystem have such traction, growth and buzz. We are very excited to be in Moldova, setting the spotlight on such a bustling entrepreneurship ecosystem and we are now here to witness the reality”, explains Agahuseyn Ahmadov, Regional Manager for CEE at Seedstars, “We are also experts in identifying which are the ones to pull through and how. We’re impressed by what we have seen in the region so far and cannot wait to add more startups from Moldova on our map.”
Up to 10 of the best seed-stage startups in Moldova will be invited to pitch for the opportunity to compete at the Seedstars Summit, that annually takes place in Switzerland.
Seedstars is a Swiss-based group with the mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Seedstars connects stakeholders, builds companies from scratch with public and private partners and invests in high growth startups within these ecosystems. Through different activities, that range from startup scouting to company building and acceleration programs, the team has built the most powerful network of entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, corporations and government officials from 65+ fast-growing economies around the globe. Seedstars group includes Seedstars World, a worldwide startup competition, sourcing the top talent in technology and entrepreneurship in emerging markets; Seedstars Growth, a three month virtual acceleration program;Seedspace, a network of coworking and co-living spaces now in 35+ countries and Seedstars Academy, a six months intensive training for aspiring local entrepreneurs on how to build sustainable businesses.
ABOUT SEEDSTARS WORLD
Seedstars World is the first global startup competition focused on emerging and fast-growing markets. For five years now, it has built a network in 65+ countries, with the teams traveling the world to source innovative startup investment opportunities. We run 80+ local competitions to identify the best seed-stage startups and host an inspirational set of disruptive tech and networking sessions. We also organise 5 regional Summits, reuniting all local winners of each region to network with speakers, investors, corporates, incubators, accelerators, governments and all other relevant stakeholders. Finally, Seedstars Summit, the competition’s final, is our exciting flagship event filled with breakout sessions, panel discussions, specialized workshops and the best minds from emerging markets, where local winners compete to be crowned Seedstars World Global Winner and win up to $1M in investment.
Seedstars Chisinau is organized with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Sweden, and Swiss Cooperation Office/Representation of the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation to Moldova (SCO Moldova) within “Moldova ICT Excellence Center Project” — Tekwill.