After travelling across the continent each year for five years in a row, we have had an opportunity to witness a significant increase in the quantity and quality of tech solutions.
For the 2020/21 edition of the SSW Competition our online format brought us 3 more countries from the region: Estonia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Poland. And out of the 570 applications we received, we had selected 17 of the most promising startups in the batch to move on to the next stage.
A majority of the local winners are focused on HealthTech: Alter (Russia), SanoPass (Romania), PharmBonus (Belarus), Noomee (Armenia), and Elomia (Ukraine). Three edtech platforms ABC Planet (Azerbaijan), Okoo (Kazakhstan), and Tomyo (Mongolia) are also joining the regionals. Fintech startups offering solutions for payments, payroll, investment needs are Payze (Georgia), IMAN (Uzbekistan), Flipful (Latvia), and BrikkApp (Czech Republic). There are also HR tech startups, Zelos (Estonia) and HR Kit (Bulgaria), that are also moving to the next round of the competition. AgriTech MapMy Apple (Serbia) and retail solution startup Scan and Buy (Poland) complete the current list of local CEE winners.
Seedstars CEE Regional Manager Zarina Gabdolova shares, “We are beyond excited to have 17 local winners from CEE and Central Asia at the Regional Stage of the SSW Competition. I believe that participation in the Investment Readiness Program and the pitching competition itself will help our entrepreneurs to boost their knowledge and to grow stronger. I am cheering for our finalists and wish all of them good luck! Once again, I would like to thank all the participants and the partners of the local competitions and hope to see you in next year’s edition.”
At the Regional Stage of the Competition startups will be joining the Investment Readiness program: modernized and personalized program helping startups get investment ready. It will consist of: action-driven webinars on key business metrics; online office hours, where startups can discuss challenges they are facing; domain groups and 1-on-1 mentoring sessions; investor meetings for potential funding opportunities; and peer-to-peer learning and networking sessions. This way the entrepreneurs will gain more knowledge, boost their products and raise awareness, as well as extend their networks.
We would like to thank the partners who supported us during the local competitions including Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency in Tbilisi, Lumnate in Kyiv, Startup Marketing Space in Ulaanbaatar and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Moldova.
For the CEE Regional Stage, the 17 startups competing will be featured in our Regional Stage Broadcasts. Stay tuned to watch the startups as they pitch and answer burning questions from the jury panel, all for a chance to move to the Global Stage in Switzerland. Expecting competitive and exciting broadcast.
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