• About the Prize

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

    Application

    Process

    Until 31 January

    Startups matching the application criteria can submit their candidacy through this website.

    Shortlisted
    Candidates

    10 February

    Pre-selected startups will be called in for an interview in order to advance to the next stage.

    Finalists
    Announcement

    28 February

    10 startups will be invited to participate in the Investment Readiness Program and 5 of them will attend the Seedstars Summit.

    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.

    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.

  • Eligibility Criteria

    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.

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  • Project Partners

    The organisations that developed the Migration Entrepreneurship Prize

    About the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and its Human Security Division (HSD)

    The FDFA's Human Security Division (HSD) is responsible for the promotion of peace and human rights as set out in the Federal Council’s foreign policy strategy. It focuses on the security of the individual and protecting people against violence, war and acts of arbitrary treatment. It works towards ensuring that policy on migrants and refugees is based on human dignity. The HSD is part of the Directorate of Political Affairs.

    Seedstars

    Empowering entrepreneurs in emerging markets

    Seedstars - a Swiss-based private group of companies - with the 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 activities such as the largest startup competition Seedstars World, Seedstars Media, training and acceleration programs, Seedspace with physical hubs, venture capital investments, and company building activities.

  • List of Eligible Countries

    Middle East and North Africa

    Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Israel, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE.

    Sub-Saharan Africa

    Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra, Leone, Togo, Ethiopia, Somalia,