Banjul, Gambia 16th September 2019 – Seedstars World, the largest seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, brought its Banjul round to a successful close during Seedstars Banjul. The event took place last Friday, at the Paradise Suites Hotel, and 9 selected startups were invited to present their companies in front of the local jury panel.
The local winner, Nadji.Bi Gambia Ltd was named “Best Startup in The Gambia” for its innovative sustainable solution which is a solar solution for a 1.3 million potential customer base.
Besides representing The Gambia at the Seedstars Africa Summit, the winner will win an all-inclusive trip to the Seedstars Africa Summit and the chance to win a spot at the Seedstars Global Summit in Switzerland where the winner will take home a 500K USD investment prize In addition, the winner will receive 3 months access to the investment readiness program.
The 9 startups pitched in front of a prestigious jury, including that consists Fatim Badjie Sinyan – CEO, Ace Communications Executive; Saul Frazer – Managing Director & Chief Executive Director, Global Properties; Mbaye Kah – Manager, Khamsys Technologies Ltd; Seedy Bensouda – CEO and Founder, InSIST Global; Muhammad M. Jagana – CEO, J-Financial Services Ltd; Suwaibou Cham – Senior Expert, Private Sector Development GIZ; Ramatoulie B Gaye – CEO, Bridging Gaps Advisory.
The local Ambassador of Seedstars World, David Jeng organized the event with Seedstars World’s bronze partner YEP. Further support was provided by the EU, ITC, GAIN and Paradise Suites Hotel.
Seedstars Banjul also featured a fireside chat on Accessing Funding Through Angel Networks for your startup/SGB with Alieu Senghore from Gambia Angel Investor Network, GAIN.
ANG CAPITAL which provides instant loans and easy payments for transactions online with or without the use of the internet “FACH SA SOHLAA SII SASSI” came second and Yobuma Transportation which is Gambia’s first city bus service with cashless travel grabbed the last spot in the top 3. The other startups invited to pitch were AFRI BLACK COMMUNITY, eDeals, Jollof-Trade Online B2B/B2C Marketplace, Madani Studios, Nesthet Clinical Services, and Tesitoo Entrepreneurship.
Continuing on its world tour of fast-growing startup scenes in emerging markets, Seedstars World’s next stop is Congo at Ingenious City to select the best startup in the DRC. Seedstars World is looking for smart startups that solve regional issues and/or develop profitable products for the global market. Startups are invited to apply here: https://www.seedstarsworld.com/competition/
“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” – Mexican proverb
Seedstars is a Swiss-based private group of companies with a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. The groups’ activities cover over 80 emerging ecosystems through a variety of events such as the Seedstars World Competition, acceleration programs, physical hubs called Seedspace, venture capital investments and company building activities.
ABOUT SEEDSTARS WORLD COMPETITION
Seedstars World is the world’s largest startup competition in emerging markets. For the past six years, Seedstars Teams travel around for a 9-month world tour and scout for the best early-stage startups in 65+ countries, organizing 100+ events. One winner is selected to represent each country 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’s final happening in Switzerland, where startups compete for up to $500,000 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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Laura Eboa Songue