How do you get to be crowned #1?

Read this section to find out how

Competition Format

1) Applications

Apply to one of the 50+ local events through our online form. Only pre-selected startups (invitation only) can apply. Our local partners distribute the invitation codes or you can request one through the Local Event pages. The application form should take around 20 minutes to complete.

2) Pitching events

At each Local Event, the top 10-15 pre-selected startups are invited to pitch in front of an expert jury and quality audience to determine the winner. The event brings together key entrepreneurs, investors, corporates and institutions from the local ecosystem combined with a unique global Seedstars World flavour. The winner of each Local Event gets a free trip to the Final Event and loads of cool tech prizes.

3) Final Event

The winner of each Local Event will be invited to Switzerland to represent his startup and country at the global finals. The Final Event is a weeklong adventure consisting of a bootcamp, international conference and investor forum. It's an amazing chance to meet with investors, build a global network and grow your business. And don’t forget there is up to USD1.5mn in equity investment on offer to the winning startups.

Why participate as a startup ?

Equity investment: There is a prize package consisting of USD1.5mn in equity investment and more in cash and in-kind prizes. You’ll be exposed to VCs, corporates and angels searching for investment opportunities.

Coverage & Prestige: All Seedstars World events are heavily covered by local and international press with around 500 articles published on the world tour and final event for the 2014 edition. Represent your country at the worldwide Final Event in front of an international audience.

Partnerships & Network: Join the close knit Seedstars World community of talented entrepreneurs in 50+ countries. Find potential partners and business opportunities at the events and through the network.

Learn & Grow: We hand pick top-quality mentors from all over the world with experience in relevant industries. Benefit from the knowledge of corporate leaders, serial entrepreneurs, accelerator directors and investors.

Time investment

2 days for the Local Event + 7 days if you are selected for the Final Event (includes: online application, preparing for pitching event, coaching, traveling and attending the events).


Maximum 2 years since founding date

2 years

Maximum USD 0.5m funding

USD 0.5m

Minimum Viable Product (MVP)


Pitch Format

For some tips on how to do a quality pitch, check out our advice here.

1 presenter

6 min. pitch

4 min. Q&A


You must be prepared to talk about your startup in public. Pitch and application documents must be in English or you must provide a translator. Your startup can be from any sector but must be for profit. Please read our Terms and Conditions.

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