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7 South African Startups Selected as the Finalists to Compete at the Seedstars South Africa Finals


TechInAfrica – The largest startup competition for emerging markets, Seedstars World has finally named its South African finalists. The event was held at Seedspace Cape Town and has chosen 7 startup finalists to compete at the finale event on November 14, 2018.

The winner will represent South Africa to compete at the finale event as well as receive an all-exclusive trip to Switzerland where the Seedstars Summit will be held to select the Seedstars Global Winner. The Global Winner will be awarded US$1 Million is investments as well as many other interesting prizes.

The 7 selected startups that will compete at the Seedstars South Africa finals are; Kuba, Slide Financial, HouseME, Franc Group, Maxicash, Uthini, and Squirrel. They will compete and be assessed by jury consists of Vuyisa Qabaka, Partner at HYBR,  Minette Havemann, Strategy Manager: Exploration/Naspers Ventures at Naspers Limited Claudia Makadristo Regional Manager for Africa at Seedstars and Stuart van der Veen, Head of Disruption and Innovation at Nedbank.

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The competition is organized by Payfast and supported by Seedspace Cape Town , Kontent Park , Disrupt Africa, Bora Digital and VC4A.


If you want to attend the Seedstars South Africa final event, you can register yourself at


“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” – Mexican proverb

Seedstars is a Swiss-based group with the mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. Seedstars connects stakeholders, builds companies from scratch with public and private partners and invests in high-growth startups within these ecosystems. Seedstars aims at fostering impact investing and impact entrepreneurship over the world. Through different activities, that range from startup scouting, events organization to company building and acceleration programs, Seedstars has built the world’s biggest community of changemakers in emerging markets. Seedstars group includes the largest startup competition in emerging markets (Seedstars World Competition), the Entrepreneurship Forum for Emerging Markets (Seedstars Summit), physical entrepreneurs hubs (Seedspace), acceleration programs (Seedstars Growth), teaching & training programs (Seedstars Academy) and an investment entity with a startup lab and a fund (Seedstars Investments).  Some of Seedstars main partners are Enel (Energy), School of Management Fribourg (HEG Fribourg) & TRECC – Transforming Education in Cocoa Communities (Education), BBVA (Finance), Tag Heuer (Fempreneurship, Time Saving and Innovation), Merck (Health) and Continental (Mobility).


Seedstars World is the world’s largest startup competition in emerging markets. It has been five years now that Seedstars Team takes off every year for a 9-month world tour and scouts for the best early-stage startups in 65+ countries, organizing 100+ events. One winner is selected to represent each South Africa visited, and is invited to attend one of the 5 Regional Summits, reuniting all local winners of each region to network with regional investors, mentors and corporates. Local winners are also awarded the chance to represent their countries at the Seedstars Summit, the competition final happening in Switzerland, where startups compete for up to $1Mn in investment. The Seedstars Summit is the flagship event of Seedstars, filled with breakout sessions, panel discussions, specialized workshops and the best minds from emerging markets.


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