Three startups emerge winners of Seedstars Durban, advance to finals in Johannesburg

The Durban leg of Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, took place on June 8 with three startups emerging winners.

The winners are You, Baby and I, an online platform that allows moms to experience brands by matching them to location and interests, Guardian Angel Safety Solution, a GPS tracking product that offers an affordable personal safety solution for children, adults, the elderly and even pets, and Vitls, a revolutionary wearable medical device.

The three startups will now move on to Seedstars Johannesburg to compete with the best startups of Seedstars Cape Town and Seedstars Soweto, whose winners will be announced on June 14, 2016.

The winner of Seedstars Johannesburg, which will take place on June 30, will be crowned the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars World South Africa 2016.

It will also fly South Africa’s flag at the global finals of the competition in Switzerland, pitching with other winners from across the world for a chance to receive over US$1 million in equity investment.

Seedstars World 2015 was won by South Africa’s revolutionary mobile recruitment, Giraffe. The startup received US$500,000 in equity investment and other exciting prizes.

Seedstars Durban took place at Mancosa Institute and was supported by Standard Bank, Entrepreneur Traction, Omidyar Network, Payfast, Startup Grind, Durban Hub and Smartspace.

The Seedstars World team will tour 20 countries in Africa this year in search of the continent’s best seed-stage entrepreneurs.

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