Seedstars World will be returning to Johannesburg on 26 May 2017 as 12 South African startups will be pitching for an opportunity to be selected to advance to the national competition.

Earlier during May 2017 the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets announced the kick-off and opened applications for its South African leg of the competition.

β€œSince we launched the Seedstars World initiative, we have witnessed the growth and acceleration many entrepreneurs that came through the program. This year, we have received a record number of applications this year and we are excited to find the next potential global seedstars world winner.” said Claudia Makadrito, Regional Manager for Seedstars World Africa.

The South African leg of the global startup competition for emerging markets is carried out with the support of local lead partner, Standard Bank and local ambassador Entrepreneur Traction. Additional support is provided by regional partners Enel and Merck and local partner Payfast.

The 12 startups that have been announced to participate at the Seedstars World pitching event in Johannesburg are:

  • Arcus Capital - Digital investment tools to help investors achieve their financial goals while solving advisers practise management and regulatory issues.

  • BeaconWorx - Providing a central platform for collaboration between pilots, aircraft owners and training schools.

  • CommuScore - Alternative credit scoring model focusing on the savings schemes and loan repayments that happen in the informal market.

  • Empty Trips Pty Ltd - Africa’s first online smart transport marketplace connecting transporters, brokers and shippers.

  • Muzi Tech - Improves accuracy and create valuable epidemiology data for HIV screening by the use of a smartphone.

  • powershare - Hand glove that connect to the phone via Bluetooth whereby users can read and respond to their messages without looking at their phones.

  • Simplus Innovation - Creates data experience solutions which utilize data to close the gap between the business and technology teams.

  • WiPo Wireless Power - WiPo provides wireless power solutions for the use in power line inspection drones.

  • Invoiceworx - Invoiceworx is an inventory financing platform that gives small retailers access to lines of credit from suppliers.

  • Easy equities - EasyEquities allows you to invest in the stock market at a fraction of the cost of traditional stock brokers.

  • Lenoma Legal - Lenoma Legal is a female founded Legal eCommerce website with instant legal document download capability for business owners.

The Johannesburg pitching event will be held on 26 May 2017 at the Standard Bank Incubator. The event is already fully sold out according to the organisers.

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