Financial Times and Seedstars Announce Finalists for FTxSDG Challenge $ 500,000 Fundraising Prize – Welcome to the Sierra Leone Telegraph


Sierra Leone Telegraph: December 12, 2021:

Financial Time and Seedstars announce the finalists of the startups that access the FTxSDG Challenge final for a chance to win $ 500,000 in funding among other prizes. The winners will be announced during a live broadcast on December 17 at 1:00 p.m. CET.

The FTxSDG Challenge was launched to find impact-driven entrepreneurs and companies creating innovative solutions in more than 90 markets around the world. A new dimension of the startup competition is alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The focus on the SDGs aims to raise awareness of global issues, while empowering entrepreneurs who create solutions capable of solving these issues. The event brings together early stage startups from emerging markets and individual entrepreneurs working in groups to solve real challenges for the different themes.

Out of more than 4,500 applications, 2,000 selected candidates had the opportunity to access the investment preparation sessions and the technological advantages of Seedstars. From there, only 30 startups will have the chance to present their solutions for one of the following six SDGs:

  • SDG 4: Quality education (supported by the School of Management Friborg (HEG-FR))
  • SDG 10: Reducing inequalities
  • SDG 5: Gender equality
  • SDG 3: Good health and well-being
  • SDG 8: Good jobs and economic growth
  • SDG 13: Climate action

The FTxSDG Challenge features a five-day event, starting tomorrow December 13th that will lead to the winner being announced on the 17th.

Viewers can tune in to watch two days of expert discussions on each of the SDGs in question. Each panel will include expert speakers, including global thought leaders and experts in impact creation, who will discuss how innovation and technology can solve the world’s most critical problems. The full list of all speakers can be found here.

The finalist startups for this year’s FTxSDF Challenge by SDG are:

  • Gender equality: Babybliss, Mujer Financiera, SHEROES, Pinky Promise and Momby
  • Climate action: Kudoti, Ualabee, SafEarth, and ePioneers
  • Quality education: Mohirdev, AlGooru, Anthem, Unschool and Edu2Review
  • Good jobs and economic growth: ChapChap, trii, Metabeta, mBolsa and HintEd
  • Reduced inequalities:, Tulix App, duhqa, Evolve Credit, TiendAPP
  • Good health and well-being: 360Moms, medl, Sila Health, InstaCare and Cogni

Each company will have the opportunity to pitch in front of a panel of experts, namely:

  • Gender equality: Seedstars, Partnerships for the SDGs, Romulo Navarette; Global Ventures, Director, Sacha Haider; and BID Invest Consultant in Gender Equity and Women’s Empowerment Jimena Serrano.
  • Climate action: Seedstars, Head of Partnerships (Asia-Pacific), Anurag Maloo; CTCN, Director of the United Nations Center and Network on Climate Technology, Rose Mwebaza; DFC, deputy director of climate at the US International Development Finance Corporation, Aparna Shrivastava; and Prosus, investor, Ting Ting Liu.
  • Quality education: Seedstars, Director of Investments, Konstantin Hapkemeyer; UNICEF, Adolescent Development Officer, Marcy Levy; and GSV Ventures, partner, Luben Pampoulov.
  • Good jobs and economic growth: Seedstars, Chief Investment Officer, Charlie Graham-Brown; GIZ, Director of Economic and Social Development, Digitization, Dr Axel Klaphake; Click Ventures, Founder and Managing Partner, Carman Chan; and BFA Global, Senior Venture Builder, Maxime Bayen.
  • Reduced inequalities: Seedstars, Head of Growth and Acceleration Program, Eugenia Shevchenko; DOB EquityImpact Investors, Shawn Pantophlet; and Bethnal Green Ventures, partner, Dama Sathianathan.
  • Good health and well-being: Seedstars, Investment Manager, Sebastian Molina Gasman; IFC, Sr. Operations Officer – Global Lead, Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Business, Heather Kipnis; and Ataraxia VC, COO, Neha Tanna MD

Only six startups will be announced as the global winners of the FTxSDG Challenge. They will be transferred to the Seedstars International Fund where they will have the opportunity to obtain up to $ 500,000 in funding, as well as access to the Seedstars Growth Program and a Financial Times visibility package.

To watch the FTxSDG Challenge final week, you can register for the event for free here:


“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” – Mexican proverb

Seedstars is a private group based in Switzerland whose mission is to impact the lives of people in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. The group’s activities cover more than 90 emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems through a variety of initiatives such as the FTxSDG Challenge, formerly known as Global Seedstars Competition, which is the largest entrepreneurship competition in emerging markets; Seedstars International, a global venture capital fund for early stage startups, Seedstars programs which are designed to support entrepreneurs at different stages of growth through training, education, mentoring and access to resources; Seedstars 01, a talent incubator providing digital skills and immersive startup-based education for the next generation of change makers and Seedspace, physical coworking spaces and hubs located in 15 countries. For more information visit


The FT Talent Challenge is a series of international events. FT Talent selects the most innovative and diverse individuals from among thousands of international applicants for a multi-day challenge experience, giving them the chance to understand and challenge the existing ecosystem and benefit from FT’s expert knowledge. and its partners alongside guests. The challenge helps foster new creative thinking, develop potential solutions to strategic business problems, and stimulate disruption within the business ecosystem.


The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading economic news organizations, internationally recognized for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paid readership of over one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a wide range of information, news and services to the global business community.


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