South African recruitment startup to compete for the title of ‘Best Startup in the World,’ with a chance to win USD 500k in funding
Giraffe is representing South Africa at the Seedstars World Summit next week, where the winner of the Seedstars World global competition for fast growing startups in emerging markets will be named and awarded with up to USD 500,000 in equity investment.
Seedstars, the global organization with the mission of impacting people’s lives in emerging markets through entrepreneurship and technology, launched its third edition of the Seedstars World competition in April 2015. The international team covered 54 countries, scouting for the best startups around the world. Giraffe has been selected to represent South Africa at the Grand Final of Seedstars World. The global winner of this prestigious contest will be rewarded with up to USD 500’000 in equity investment.
Giraffe’s automated mobile recruitment app enables businesses to recruit staff faster and cheaper than any other way, and connects medium-skilled jobseekers with opportunities for free. By offering the fastest, cheapest recruitment agency service to businesses, Giraffe aims to help reduce unemployment in South Africa. Since launching in Feb 2015, Giraffe has attracted over 75 thousand jobseekers and has placed candidates with hundreds of employers. Giraffe won the Seedstars award for best South African startup 2015.
On March 3rd, the Giraffe will represent South Africa and compete with other 53 startups from around the world for the title of "Seedstars World Global Winner."
Over 3,000 startups from Eastern and Central Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America applied to participate in Seedstars World this year. Since April 2015, four regional teams and expert local juries have selected the most promising startups in 54 cities, from Johannesburg to Jakarta.
At the Summit, entrepreneurs and investors will discuss how technology and entrepreneurship can impact billions of people’s lives in emerging markets. “Most people don’t really associate emerging markets to billion dollar opportunities and we’re here to show them that these markets are already transforming into centres of innovation where talented people and changemakers grow,” explained Alisée de Tonnac, CEO at Seedstars World.
“We are really proud to represent South Africa,” proclaimed Shafin Anwarsha, Giraffe’s Head of Product and founder, who will be pitching for Giraffe at the event. “This will be a great platform to put South African startups on the map in the eyes of international investors- especially in the light of the economic situation at home.”
Around 1000 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, corporate executives, business angels, government officials, journalists and startup enthusiasts are expected to attend the event at Swiss Tech Convention Center at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.