Chisinau, Moldova – After battling it out with four other tech startups from Chisinau, Staf Online emerges as the local winner from Moldova in the Seedstars World Chisinau Competition 2020/21. The Staf Online team is now set to represent the country at the Seedstars CEE Regional Summit 2020, where they will then have a chance to advance to the Grand Finale and compete for a grand prize of USD 500K in equity investment. Watch the replay of the pitches here: https://seedsta.rs/3q7MRX5
Every year, the Swiss-based private company Seedstars holds a global pitch competition for promising tech startups in emerging markets. This year, the organization is holding the Online Seedstars World Competition 2020/21 online. The selected startups are narrowed down from the local level to the regional stage, and all the way to the last leg of the competition, the Grand Finale.
The local chapter for Moldova recently held a pitching event, Online Seedstars Chisinau Competition 2020/21 for the five hand-picked startups from Chisinau, where they presented their companies to a panel of experts, namely, Traian Chivriga, Partner at XY Partners; Tomas Cironis, Director at Startup World Cup & Summit; Ana Chirita, Strategic Projects Director at ATIC, Tekwill Senior Coordinator and Daria Khlopova, Partnership manager at Seedstars.
“The Emerging Markets demonstrate an exclusive potential to fill the global demand for innovation and entrepreneurship. Moldova is rapidly developing both its startup ecosystem vision and startup funnel. In this sense, Tekwill, supported by USAID and Sweden is the flagship project aiming to increase ICT startups competitiveness and converge IT with non IT sectors. We are happy to partner with Seedstars for the 4th year in a row and select the most promising startups to receive regional and global exposure and experience. We barely wait to see a Moldovan startup finalist of the Global Competition”, said .Ana Chirita, Strategic Projects Director at ATIC and Tekwill Senior Coordinator.
The Online Seedstars Chisinau Competition 2020/21 was organized with the support of the Gold partner Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC’s Optim Project, as well as local partners USAID Moldova, Government of Sweden in the framework of the Tekwill project, and the local organizer 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. Seedstars The Documentary is a feature film featuring the company’s vision to give a voice to the game changers of the developing world.
„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.