We are looking for the most promising seed-stage startups working to alleviate the pressure for people to take dangerous routes leaving their homes.
Your venture must tackle solutions in MENA or Africa and can be aimed for society at large thus aimed at migrants and the local population. It can be implemented in the origin, host and transitory countries. Find the full list of countries at the bottom of this page.
Your venture must work in one of the following solutions: labour migration, economic migration, migratory fluxes, migration alleviation, migration relief, refugees, movement of people, emigration, immigration, human dignity, economic livelihoods, social development, human rights, dignity, women’s empowerment, social business, leveraging private sector solutions for social change, diaspora engagement, sustainable development.
Stage of Startup
Your venture must be a seed-stage startup with a minimum viable product (MVP) and initial user traction.
You may also check:
- Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) 2020/2021 Overseas Postgraduate (Masters & PhD) Scholarship Scheme for study in France, Germany, China & Malaysia
- Volkswagen Foundation Norbert Elias Fellowships 2020
- UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers Initiative 2020 Program: Call for Projects
List of Eligible Countries
Middle East and North Africa
Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Israel, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE.
Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra, Leone, Togo, Ethiopia, Somalia.
Pre-selected startups will be called in for an interview in order to advance to the next stage.
10 startups will be invited to participate in the Investment Readiness Program and 5 of them will attend the Seedstars Summit.
The 5 startups will join a 3-day bootcamp with mentors and investors at the Seedstars Summit. Moreover, one final global winner will be selected.
Investment Readiness Program
Starting 1 May
The 10 finalists will be invited to participate in a customisable educational program that will prepare them to raise funds.