Seedstars World and StartupYourLife Announce Mentors & Speakers at Seedstars Africa

Between January 28-30th, StartupYourLife and Seedstars World are bringing together top startups from across the continent as well as mentors and investors from around the world for a 2-day Bootcamp and a 1-day Conference in Casablanca, Morocco.

CASABLANCA, MOROCCO, January 30th – Seedstars World (SSW), the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, is joining forces with StartupYourLife (SYL), one of the major Moroccan startup organization, to host Seedstars Africa, the first edition of an annual Africa Summit that connects African entrepreneurs, investors and entrepreneurship ecosystems with the world. After hosting competitions in 15 African countries, identifying the most promising startups and analyzing the local ecosystems, Seedstars World is now working on connecting the best and most promising entrepreneurs with ecosystem players, mentors, investors, corporates and other entrepreneurs across the continent.  The event is supported by OCP Entrepreneurship Network, the entrepreneurship arm of the largest group in Morocco.

The event is bringing together 300 startup talents, investors, speakers and mentors from over 20 different countries across Africa and Europe for a day of networking, inspiring talks and hands-on knowledge exchange about the potential of startups and innovation on the continent and how those African startups can be competitive on a global scale. “The event will offer a tour across the innovation landscape in Africa from the comfort of one place. It’s a great opportunity to make connections, meet potential business partners and learn best practices in building and scaling a company and a startup ecosystem from across the world” says Marcello Schermer, Regional Manager for Africa at Seedstars World.

International mentors and speakers who have a vast experience and track record of building, growing and/or investing in startups will share their knowledge, insights and recommendations. Among them, Emmanuel Quartey, head of product of MEST in Ghana, Alexandra Fraser, Founding member of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN) in South Africa, Uri Gonda, experienced mentor and startup coach based in London, Hasan Heider, Venture Partner at 500startups based in Bahrein, Sam Gichuru, Co-founder and CEO of Nailab in Kenya .

The agenda of the conference include a panel about investment opportunities in African startups from active seed investors and business angels networks, a discussion about challenges and opportunities of digitalizing customers habits in emerging markets as well as an overview of the different startup ecosystems and what they can learn from each other.

“We have gathered some of the most experienced, influential and active ecosystem leaders, investors and entrepreneurs from Africa, the Middle East and Europe for a promising 3 day event full of learning, inspirational speeches, and key insights about the state and potential of entrepreneurship on the continent. We are really excited to start a meaningful discussion about how Africa can unleash its innovation potential and build solutions for the entire world.”, says Kenza Lahlou, Founder and Managing Director of StartupYourLife.

The event will be held on January 30th in Casablanca, Morocco and early bird tickets are available until the 28th of January at

About Seedstars World

Seedstars World was founded by Alisée de Tonnac and Pierre-Alain Masson. It is the most exclusive international startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes. After visiting 36 countries last year, Seedstars World has expanded to include 53 countries this year. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, it is supported by the global venture builder Seedstars and is one of the fastest-growing networks for tech entrepreneurs.

About Startup Your Life

StartupYourLife is a Moroccan NGO, founded in 2012 by Kenza Lahlou and Saad Jennane, with the mission of empowering innovative entrepreneurs in Morocco.

SYL is a platform to connect entrepreneurs with mentors, investors, decision makers in Morocco and around the world, and provide them with the resources they need to successfully grow their startup.

Over the past 3 years SYL has built the largest startup community in Morocco of more than 200 members, and organized about 20 successful events that enabled entrepreneurs to find funding, talents, customers and exposure. Today SYL is a leading player in the Moroccan ecosystem and is building bridges with other ecosystems in the MENA region, Africa and around the world.

About OCP Entrepreneurship Network

Supported by Fondation OCP, OCP Entrepreneurship Network aims to promote and foster entrepreneurial ecosystems in Morocco. Thanks to its web of local, national and international partners, it focuses on key areas of entrepreneurial development through a job creation and business growth approach.

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