Uganda will on August 4 play host to Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes.

This will be the third time that the initiative, launched by Swiss-based company, Seedstars SA, will be returning to the East African country.

“Seedstars World is a platform connecting investors to the next generation of startup entrepreneurs, pulling the spotlight from Silicon Valley and Western Europe. As this will be our 3rd time to organize our event in Kampala, our excitement level and expectations are high,” said Fanny Dauchez, Associate for Africa at Seedstars World.

The objective of the competition is to find the best startup in emerging markets and promote entrepreneurship and technology.

It covers more than 75 countries and seeks to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs as well as offer them with an opportunity to win up to $ 500 000. The entrepreneurs are also given a chance to network with investors and mentors from around the world.

The event will take place at Outbox Hub with the startups expected to pitch to a panel of judges. The top startup will be declared the most promising startup in Uganda in 2017, and will be invited to pitch at the global stage.

These are the start-ups selected to participate at the pitching event:

Chap Chap Africa Limited ChapChap is a mobile payments platform that enables users to earn and save while they top-up airtime, pay bills and shop online.
CHARIS FOR GRACE smartAgric is an online, interactive and dynamic cost planner that helps farmers to evaluate options much easier and conveniently with up-to-date prices.
ClinicPesa ClinicPesa is a platform to set aside dedicated healthcare funds in order to extend healthcare micro-savings discipline and loan.
Kuanza Gari Limited Kuanza Gari is a fingerprint based car ignition system that enables users to capture, store and use their fingerprints to start cars.
Musana Carts Musana Carts provides the support to street vendors in Africa to achieve a clean and dependable work environment through solar powered street carts.
Numida Numida is a free business financial management mobile app to issue affordable, convenient and unsecured credit to Ugandan MSMEs.
TrendingshoW TW is an online flexible and local TV service that lets watch content on the go.
Ubuntu Capital Ubuntu Capital provides digital marketing and payment solutions for medium enterprises, enabling them to realize their market potential.
hiDr hidr is a mobile app to enable patients to consult accredited doctors at a fraction of the cost of a traditional office consultation.