Seedstars and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs’ (FDFA) Peace and Human Rights Division have announced the 20 global startup winners of the Migration Entrepreneurship Prize 2021.
The program designed for socially driven startups with a mission to improve the inclusion of migrants in the Middle East and Africa.
The Migration Entrepreneurship Prize identifies and supports socially driven businesses with a mission to improve migrants’ socioeconomic inclusion.
The program focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East, which are regions prone to large-scale migration movements caused by factors such as poverty, instability, and conflict.
“Through our partnership with Seedstars, we are happy to support migrant entrepreneurs who are striving. They provide market-based solutions that will increase access to services in impoverished areas, benefiting both migrants and host communities,” stated Nina Hälg, who represented the FDFA on the Jury panel.
The 20 selected start-ups have innovative business ideas that will help societies benefit from migration and migrants. The global prize winners submitted solutions that help migrants and host communities improve their livelihoods by contributing to their social and economic rights and lowering the pressure on people to take dangerous irregular migration routes.
The following are the 20 winners of the Migration Entrepreneurship Prize 2021:
- Glade Inc (Nigeria) – Glade is a FinTech startup building a modern business banking service that helps small businesses automate and run their finances effectively.
- Lock&Stock (United Arab Emirates) – An app-based education marketplace that aims to disrupt the way students enroll into university by connecting them with guaranteed scholarships.
- Toju (Nigeria) – Provides complete record management tool and financial service toolbox for thrift collectors (AJO or ESUSU), cooperatives and local saving clubs.
- Datacultr (Singapore) – Allows consumer lending companies to significantly reduce their risk on ‘New to Credit’ customers by enabling borrowers to present their newly purchased or existing smartphone as a ‘virtual’ collateral.
- EYouth (Egypt) – Offers educational solutions for underprepared youth in MENA to embark on the fields of entrepreneurship, career development and personal skills development.
- Taqadam (Iraq) -Brings digital economy employment to youth and refugees without access to stable internet or computers.
- Fatora (Turkey) – Creates a simple online store that helps sellers go global and sell more, enabling them to manage their online shop anytime and anywhere.
- eFlow (United Arab Emirates) – eFlow achieves quality and accessible education worldwide by utilizing a smart and interactive educational chatbot that runs on common apps and needs no learning curve or high bandwidth.
- Salasil (Jordan) – Provides video and live podcasting authoring tools for educators to generate and publish e-content as video.
- CWallet (Qatar) – Cwallet is a blockchain powered mobile money wallet that evolves in 3 basic principles: payroll, payment, and remittance.
- BotsZA (South Africa) – Helps companies integrate artificial intelligence, automation, and chatbots into their business processes, particularly in HR.
- Confirmu (Israel) – Enables lenders to underwrite people who are new to borrowing using a 3-minute game which is mapped to the loan repayment.
- Get It Done Now (Nigeria) – A marketplace that allows the users to get home services, food, finance solutions, insurances, and digital consumer goods all in one app.
- abela.app (South Africa) – abela.app is a mobile payments company building an ecosystem to enable people to digitally send, receive, use and save money, creating access to the most basic of financial services.
- CraveHome (Turkey) – CraveHome is an online homemade food ordering and delivery platform that connects home cooks with users, creating opportunities for people at home to generate income by linking them to consumers willing to pay for their healthy home-cooked meals.
- ReBootKamp (Tunisia) – ReBootKamp is a software engineering training institution whose mission is to provide training that responds to market demands and gives access to employment in the most innovative sectors.
- HackUp (Tunisia) – HackUp is a Tunisian start-up with a mission to help recruiters hire the best developers, using online technical tests and organizing hackathons.
- Sghartoon (Tunisia) – To help children with educational trouble, Sghartoon offers a platform that helps detect children’s health and mental performance using games and links them to therapists in case needed.
- Fabskill (Tunisia) – FabSkill is an AI-powered remote recruiting platform using live and pre recorded video interviews.
- iCompass (Tunisia) – The iCompass team is composed of academics and engineers specialized in IT, mathematics, and linguistics that cater to the needs of public and private institutions in order to assist them with their digital strategic plans, communication and marketing.
The winners of the global competition were given access to the Seedstars Investment Readiness Program as well as the Seedstars network of partners, mentors, and investors.
Visit the website to learn more about the Migration Entrepreneurship Prize.