Lately, Lausanne city hosted the final of the 3rd edition of the Seedstars World competition. Hublot, an offical timekeeper of this grand event.
Hublot awarded two prizes, namely the “Hublot Women Entrepreneur Prize”and the “Hublot Most Innovative company Prize”. “Our support for the upcoming generation perfectly embodies our vision. This endeavour requires an idea, talent, courage, a lot of time and, above all, passion. You can have all of these elements, but what really binds them is synchronicity. Seedstars World creates this synchronicity by introducing entrepreneurs to investors and decision makers who can ensure the success of their project. I hope that it is always passion that drives these budding talents, for passion never feels like work.” Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot.
Hublot collaborates with internationally renowned institutions such as ECAL and the Swiss Education Group, and has developed a talent-nurturing platform under the aegis of the Hublot Design Prize. By becoming the Official Timekeeper of the 3rd edition of the Seedstars World competition, it is once again committing to supporting innovation, talent, ideas, courage and passion.
Seedstars World is a global competition that promotes the identification of new talent. Since 2013, it has organised a competition which aims to identify promising startups in emerging countries. Following a 7-month worldwide adventure, the 55 startups selected across 5 continents will come together in Lausanne. After 3 days of discussion and mentoring, 15 of the startup finalists had precisely 5 minutes to make their pitch and convince a jury of investors from around the world. And Hublot was timing those few precious minutes that could change the fortunes of these startups. They were competing to be crowned “Seedstars World Global Winner”, winning investment of up to CHF 500,000. Other sectors including travel/tourism and space did also receive investment and bursaries.
Rahul Koduri, Eora3D, Australia bagged the “Hublot Most Innovative Company Prize“. The Eora 3D scanner is a high-precision 3D scanner that leverages the optics and processing power of a modern smartphone to create 3D models in just a few minutes. The “Hublot Women Entrepreneur Prize” went to Loan Duong, Omniup, Morocco. Duong is a women entrepreneur from Morocco which provides innovative advertising solution on smartphones: free wi-fi service on public places against video ads & web interaction.
“Seedstars positions itself at the centre of innovation, emerging countries and technology. In 2020, 80% of smartphones will be used in emerging countries. These countries are increasingly becoming synonymous with innovation, and we wish to celebrate these entrepreneurs who defy all obstacles and work tirelessly to make a difference in their respective regions, “said Alisée de Tonnac, Seedstars World CEO.