For startups addressing migration movement challenges in MENA and Africa.

We are looking for the most promising seed-stage startups working to alleviate the pressure for people to take dangerous routes leaving their homes.

Apply, for a chance to participate in the Seedstars Investment Readiness Program, a customisable educational program that helps to get ready for fundraising. Out of the 10 finalists, 5 ventures will get the full Seedstars Summit experience in Switzerland in April 2020, where they will participate in the 3-day bootcamp with mentors and investors. One global winner will be selected and announced during the summit receiving the official Migration Entrepreneurship Prize.


Make sure that your venture matches all three of the eligibility criteria.

  • Geographic Location
    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.
  • Key Themes
    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.


  1. Application Process – Until 31 January
    Startups matching the application criteria can submit their candidacy through this website.
  2. Shortlisted Candidates – 10 February
    Pre-selected startups will be called in for an interview in order to advance to the next stage.
  3. Finalists Announcement – 20 February
    10 startups will be invited to participate in the Investment Readiness Program and 5 of them will attend the Seedstars Summit.
  4. Global Seedstars Summit – 3 April
    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.
  5. 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.



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