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Seedstars Summit MENA to shape the future of entrepreneurship with the top 20 startups from the region this December

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Announced in September as one of the leading regional startup events of the season, the Seedstars Summit MENA will gather the region’s top startups, investors, industry leaders, and innovative partners from over 15 countries, to foster change and sustainable growth in the region.


Casablanca, Morocco - November 11, 2019 - Seedstars, the leading emerging market startup community and investor, will host its 4th Seedstars Summit MENA in Morocco on December 10th to 12th. Wrapping up the 2019 Seedstars World Competition in MENA, the Summit will showcase the  most promising startups who will pitch in front of investors and industry experts.

To celebrate the opening of the new Seedspace in Casablanca in partnership with Kowork, the event will be held in Morocco. It will take place at the Hyatt Regency Casablanca and gather over 150 key stakeholders from over 15 countries in a 3 day journey that will conclude with a main stage conference with the flagship topic: How will technology shape our future? 


Traditionally, the Seedstars Summit is divided in three days. On December 10th, previous to the main event, the journey will begin with an intensive private growth bootcamp for the startups, where the participating teams will learn how to grow and scale their business. More than 150 high-quality investors, experts and founders will be present, including Amine AlHazzaz (General Manager de HSEVEN), Adnan Filali (Managing partner at AF Advisory & Capital), Meriem Zairi (Managing Director at SEAF) and many more. 


To conclude it all, the third and main day (December 12th) will welcome all the participants willing to learn the latest tech trends, network and meet inspiring founders and entrepreneurs. The introduction message will be given by Alisée deTonnac (CEO, Seedstars World). Following up on her speech, two panels will highlight “What it takes to scale up a successful startup” and “Explore the rising trends in tech and entrepreneurship in MENA”. The panelists, Selma Bennis (Head of Partnership and Strategy, OCP), Mai Medhat (CEO & Co-Founder of Eventtus), Amal Dokhan (Director of Babson Global Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership), Rami Helali (Co-Founder & CEO, KOTN), Saad Jittou (Co-Founder & CEO,Weego), Adnane Addioui (Ashoka Fellow and Co-Founder of the Moroccan Center for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship), Sophia El Bahja (Executive and Operations Director, NoBox Lab), Kenza Bounjou (Partner, Dentons),  Tarik Fadli (CEO of Algo Consulting), have already confirmed their participation as speakers of the Summit. To get updates on more event speakers and agenda, please subscribe to the event monthly digest (choose MENA a region of your interest). 

Among the companies and institutions that help make the Seedstars Summit MENA 2019 possible are notamment Mada, Qbic, Kowork, Arabnet, France 24, MENA TECH, Morocco World News, and STARTUP MGZN.  If you want to become a partner of the Seedstars Summit in Morocco, please send us a request at summits@seedstars.com. 

Here is a list of all Seedstars World 2019 startups attending:

Hayatech, Bahrain
Dealat, Jordan
IOT, Iraq
Quantum, Saudi  

Kifal Auto, Morocco

Hospitalia, Egypt

Optiyol, Turkey
IStudy, Libya
Seemba, Tunisia

And our accessibility startups selected by our partners MADA:
Loud Steps, Istanbul
Talov, Ecuador
Loro, USA
Lazarillo, Chile

The most promising ventures will then be selected to participate in the Seedstars Summit 2020 in Lausanne, Switzerland and compete for the title of the Seedstars Global Winner. The participating teams will get a chance to pitch their idea on the main stage along with 60+ startups from all over the world and win up to USD 500 000 in equity 




 "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. 



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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High-resolution photos, logos, as well as press information and interview options are available in our Media Kit.

To attend the event on December 12th, media and content producers can already register and receive accreditations here.


Media Relations, Seedstars

Laura Eboa Songue