30 Jan 2016

About

Seedstars World is coming back to Casablanca bigger and better than ever before!

On January 30th, StartupYourLife, one of the leading ecosystem players in Morocco, is hosting the first edition of Seedstars Africa to build bridges between African ecosystems and connect them to the world!

The flagship event is bringing together more than 300 startup founders, investors, ecosystem players, leading corporations and successful entrepreneurs from Africa, Middle East, Europe and the US.

The objective is to showcase the potential of Entrepreneurship in Africa, share insights and gain key learnings, foster collaboration and investment opportunities and enable valuable connections across the continent and around the world.

We are inviting all the winning startups from the 15 Seedstars competitions in Africa and selecting the most promising ones from Morocco to participate in the Bootcamp. Selected entrepreneur from Morocco will also compete for the local competition to join Seedstars World Finalists in Geneva for 2016.

You can look forward to an event filled with disruptive tech, inspirational keynotes, networking sessions, and one flight ticket for the winner to come to Switzerland to compete fot up to $1.5M in investment.

 

Why Attend?

  1. Discover some of the most promising startups from Africa
  2. Get a deeper understanding of the startup dynamic, new innovation trends and opportunities in Africa
  3. Meet world-class mentors, investors, leading ecosystem players and African business leaders
  4. Build relationships with other serial entrepreneurs, mentors and investors from Africa and around the World
Get your ticket here!

Format

The event is split into two parts. Selected entrepreneurs will benefit from a 2 day Bootcamp on January 28-29. 

Participants will enjoy a 1 day Conference filled with inspirational speeches, enlightening panels and impactful networking on January 30.

 

Speakers

Simeon Ononobi

Simeon Ononobi

CEO and Founder

SimplePay
Vuyisa Qabaka

Vuyisa Qabaka

Co-Founder

Impact Hub Johannesburg
Aaron Fu

Aaron Fu

Managing Partner (Africa)

Nest.vc
Jayshree Naidoo

Jayshree Naidoo

Head of Incubator

Standard Bank
Michael Weber

Michael Weber

Co-founder

Seedstars
José Achache

José Achache

Managing Director

AP-Swiss
Jerome Mouthon

Jerome Mouthon

Founder & Chairman

Buzzeff
Talal Benjelloun

Talal Benjelloun

Co-Founder & COO

GlampingHub.com
Kamal Reggad

Kamal Reggad

Founder and CEO

Hmizate & Hmall
Larbi Alaoui Belrhiti

Larbi Alaoui Belrhiti

General Manager

Avito.ma
Vincent Tresno

Vincent Tresno

Former CMO

Rocket Internet
Tayfun Ugur

Tayfun Ugur

ICT business development

Company Builder
Uri Gonda

Uri Gonda

Managing Director

Onomazo
Sam Gichuru

Sam Gichuru

Co-Founder & CEO

Nailab
Aphrodice Mutangana

Aphrodice Mutangana

Founder

Foyo
Emmanuel Quartey

Emmanuel Quartey

Head of Product

MEST Incubator
Youssef Chraibi

Youssef Chraibi

Founder & CEO

Outsourcia
Alexandra Fraser

Alexandra Fraser

Founding Member

ABAN
Omar Laalej

Omar Laalej

Senior Investment Manager

Afric Invest
Ali Bensouda

Ali Bensouda

Managing Partner

Capital Maroc
Mohamed Hantirah

Mohamed Hantirah

Developer Relations

Google
Omar Christidis

Omar Christidis

Founder & CEO

Arabnet
Hasan Heider

Hasan Heider

Venture Partner

500 Startups
Amine Rahmouni

Amine Rahmouni

Developer Experience Lead

Microsoft Algeria
Aline Mayard

Aline Mayard

French Editor

Wamda
Fatima Zahra Oukacha

Fatima Zahra Oukacha

Director

CEED
Fatim-Zahra Biaz

Fatim-Zahra Biaz

Founder

New Work Lab
Bastien Moreau

Bastien Moreau

Managing Director

Jumia Morocco
Zineb Drissi

Zineb Drissi

Co-Founder

Dabadoc
Abdelhameed Sharara

Abdelhameed Sharara

Founder & CEO

Rise Up
Yassir El Esmaili

Yassir El Esmaili

General Manager

Careem
Meryem Belqziz

Meryem Belqziz

General Manager Casablanca

Uber
Zakaria Ghassouli

Zakaria Ghassouli

Product & Biz Dev Director

Avito.ma

Agenda

Time Description
9:00 - 9:30 Registration
9:30 - 10:00 Welcome note
10:00 - 11:00

Workshop #1: "Shifting the mindset"
Speaker: Amine Rahmouni (Microsoft Algeria)

11:00 - 12:30 1:1 Mentorship session #1
12:30 - 12:45 Coffee break
12:45 - 13:30

Group discussion #1: "Building a kickass team"
Speakers: Michael Weber (Seedstars), Sam Gichuru (Nailab), Rokhaya Diop (VoLo), Rana Alaa (SolarizEgypt)

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 1:1 Mentorship session #2
16:00 - 17:00

Workshop #2: "Minimum Viable Breakthroughs: Assumptions, Hypotheses and What's Next"
Speaker: Uri Gonda (Onomazo)

17:00 - 17:15 Coffee break
17:15 - 18:00 Group discussion #2: "Mistakes to avoid in approaching investors"
Speakers: Aaron Fu (Nest), Ali Bensouda (Capital Maroc), Omar Laalej (Afric Invest), Simeon Ononobi (Simple Pay), Alex Fraser (ABAN)
18:00 - 19:00

Workshop #3: "Performance Marketing"
Speaker: Vincent Tresno (Rocket Internet)

19:00 - Networking
Time Description
9:00 - 9:30 Morning coffee
9:30 - 9:45 Waking up
9:45 - 11:15 1:1 Mentorship session #3
11:15 - 12:15 Workshop #4: "Growth strategy"

Speaker: Tayfun Ugur (Growth Hacker)

12:15 - 13:00 Group discussion #3: "How to scale. Tips and lessons learned"

Speakers: Simeon Ononobi (SimplePay), Talal Benjelloun (GlampingHub), Shafin Anwarsha (Giraffe), Luis Verdeja (Jobartis)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Mentorship session: "Pitch like a boss"
16:00 - 19:00 CGEM Panel + Seedstars Casablanca competition
19:00 - 21:00 Cocktail & Networking
Time Description
9:00 Registration & Coffee
10:00 Welcoming Remarks
10:30

Opening Keynote: Thousands of miles and 16 countries later: A tour of innovation in Africa

Marcello Schermer

10:45

Session #1: The startup revolution taking over the Middle East and Africa

10:45

Introduction talk: An overview of the Moroccan startup ecosystem

Kenza Lahlou

11:00

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Marcello Schermer; Panelists: Omar Christidis, Abdelhameed Sharara, Sam Gichuru, Fatim-Zahra Biaz, Vuyisa Qabaka

11:45

Warm-up and speed networking

12:00

Keynote: Reprogram your mind: Think like an Entrepreneur

Uri Gonda

12:15

Innovation Showcase: Meet the best startups from across Africa

13:00

Lunch Break

14:00

Session #2: Make it Rain: Invest in African startups

14:00

Introduction talk

Alexandra Fraser

14:15

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Fatima Zahra Oukacha ; Panelists: Alexandra Fraser, Aaron Fu, Hasan Haider, Omar Laalej, Michael Weber,

15:00

Fireside Chat: Building a startup: Theory vs. Reality

Moderator: Talal Benjelloun; Panelists: Simeon Ononobi, Zineb Drissi

15:30

Seesion # 3: Digitizing Consumer habits in emerging markets

15:30

Fireside Chat: The case study of avito.ma

Moderator: Aline Mayard; Panelist: Larbi Alaoui Belrhiti

15:45

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Aline Mayard; Panelists: Kamal Reggad, Bastien Moreau, Vincent Tresno, Yassir Ismaili, Zakaria Ghassouli, Meryem Belqziz

16:30

Coffee & Networking break

17:00

Innovation Showcase: Meet the best startups from across Africa

17:45

Fireside Chat: Sky is not the limit: Innovating with Satellites

Moderator: Igor Ovcharenko; Panelist: Jose Achache

18:00

Session #4: How can accelerators enable innovation?

18:00

Introduction Talk:

18:15

Panel Discussion: 

Moderator: Tayfun Ugur; Panelists: Jayshree Naidoo, Emmanuel Quartey, Aaron Fu, Mohamed Hantirah, Uri Gonda

19:00

Closing Ceremony & Winner announcement 

Attendee Registration

Tickets for the event will go on sale soon but you can pre-register below now.

We invite you to pre-register now to get informed as soon as registration opens!

Ticket Prices:

  • Students: 150 dhs (For student tickets, please email your student ID to africa@seedstarsworld.com. Tickets available until January 28)
  • Early Bird: 350 dhs  (Until January 28)
  • Regular Price: 480 dhs

All tickets include full conference acces, coffee, snacks and lunch at the Four Seasons Casablanca

Get your ticket here!

In case you have any problems making the payment, please contact us at africa@seedstarsworld.com


Selected Startups


Winners

1

Omniup

Africa

2

LIK

Africa

2

GoMobile

Africa

Finalists

Carmine

Africa

dakisoft

Africa

Dikrayat

Africa

ESPR

Africa

Madrasti

Africa

Mewdo

Africa

Paceword

Africa

SanTéV

Africa

Securella

Africa

SkillsMotion

Africa

Societall

Africa

Tripblan SARL

Africa

Location

 

4Seasons

Four Seasons Casablanca

We are excited to host Seedstars Africa in the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel in Casablanca in front of the beach. The brand new hotel will open doors of it's conference room with us on January 30, 2016!

The Four Seasons hotel is located next to Anfa place mall on the Corniche. 

Dedicated parking is available, but if you don't want to bother with your car, we have special deals for you with leading local transportation companies.  Stay tuned for more news on this.

We have also negotiated dicsounted prices for our Conference guests to book a room at the hotel!

If you want to stay at the Four Seasons, please contact directly the hotel for more information +212 5290-73700

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