NovaTap (dockphp), a browser based tool to code websites visually, will be representing Singapore at Seedstars World's (SSW) grand final in Switzerland on 4 February 2014.
NovaTap will be competing with other regional winners from Russia, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America for an equity investment of up to US$500,000.
SSW is a "worldwide startup competition focusing on emerging markets and fast growing startup scenes" that aims to highlight these startups to the world, said Pierre-Alain Masson, Seedstars World co-founder and jury member.
In 2013, SSW held pitching events in 20 cities worldwide. In Asia, pitching events were held in Singapore, Bangalore, Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo.
Out of the 100 startups per country that were invited to participate in the competition, only a maximum of 20 per event were selected. The winners of the regional pitching events will then compete in the grand final in Geneva next month.
The grand final of the SSW will take place in two stages.
The 20 regional winners will first attend a two-day bootcamp at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) university to learn to perfect their pitches. Mentors for the bootcamp include accelerators such as Singapore-based Business Strategy consultancy Galixo. After the bootcamp, the startups will present their pitches to a distinguished jury panel and only five of them will make it through the last round.
In the last round, the five finalists will pitch their projects to an international jury that is composed of renowned entrepreneur and investors. The jury include Alex Farcet, Stefan Glänzer, Martin Velasco, HendrikBrandis, Colin Turner, Marco Corradino, and Pierre-Alain Masson.
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