IDWork, a mobile and web based platform to locate technical tradesmen in Gauteng, has been crowned winner of Seedstars Johannesburg, the grand finale of Seedstars World, a global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, in South Africa.
IDWork, which qualified for the finals as a wildcard winner, together with other startups from Soweto, Durban and Cape Town pitched to a jury which included Marcello Schermer, Seedstars World’s Regional Manager for Africa and Jayshree Naidoo, Head of Incubator at Standard Bank.
After the pitching round, which was divided into two parts, the jury selected IDWork as the winner, crowning it the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars World South Africa 2016.
Aside the prestigious crown, IDWork will fly South Africa’s flag at the global finals of the competition in Switzerland next year.
In Switzerland, it will take part in Seedstars Summit, a weeklong training program where it will meet with other winners from across the world as well as investors.
Thereafter, it will pitch in front of an audience of 1,000 attendees for a chance to win up to US$1 million equity investment.
All eyes will be on IDWork at the global finals: South Africans will be hoping the startup emerge overall winner, making it back to back victories for the country (and Africa as a whole).
Seedstars Johannesburg took place at the Standard Bank Incubator in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Standard Bank was the main supporter of the event. Others were Entrepreneur Traction, Omidyar Network, Payfast, Glocell, eKasi Labs, Red Bull, Dot Advisors and Duo Marketing.
Now that Seedstars South Africa has ended, the Seedstars World train will move to Maputo, Mozambique’s capital, in search of the best startup. Startups in the country can start applying!
This year, the Seedstars World team will tour 20 African countries in search of the continent’s most promising tech startups.
All the winning startups from each country will go on to compete with other startups from across the world at the global finals for US$1 million in equity investment.