Seedstars World Startup Competition Returns To Dubai

Regional partner TURN8 hosting UAE event for best-in-class startups to compete for the chance at a $1.5 million equity investment

Seedstars World, an exclusive competition for startup entrepreneurs in emerging markets, is returning to Dubai for the third consecutive year. The regional competition is an invitation-only event where 12 pre-selected startups will pitch their ideas to a local and international jury panel. The winner from the regional competition will be invited to Switzerland to participate in the Final Event, scheduled for March 2016, where they will compete for USD 1.5mn in equity investment.

According to Seedstars World, their mission is to reduce unemployment in emerging markets through the promotion and investment in entrepreneurship. The startup competition, which was launched in 2013 and has since received more than 2,500 applications, is hosting competitions in 50+ countries this year including the UAE, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

As Alisee de Tonnac, the CEO of Seedstars World, says, “Our goal is to create THE network for quality entrepreneurs around the world and help entrepreneurs, accelerators, co-working spaces and investors to interact with one another."

The Dubai competition will be held the evening of 16 September, 2015 at The Cribb. TURN8 Seed Accelerator is the organizer for the event. Uber and Wamda are also onboard as sponsors/media partners.

Criteria to enter the competition is as follows: maximum USD 0.5mn in funding, maximum 2 years since founding date, and a minimum viable product (MVP).

Tickets for the Dubai event are available at Startups that wish to apply should visit the same link to complete a pre-application.

About Seedstars World

Seedstars World is an exclusive startup competition in emerging markets. Only high quality startups can receive an invitation and are chosen following a strict selection process. The winner is crowned with the prestigious denomination Seedstars World Best Startup. Visit

About TURN8

TURN8 is a seed accelerator program initiated by DP World. The program is designed to encourage innovative entrepreneurship worldwide, starting with Dubai. TURN8 seeks ingenious ideas that can be refined and brought to market through a 120-day seed accelerator. Visit