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Financial Times Looks to African Startups for New UN SDG Challenge

The Financial Times has teamed up with Seedstars to look for UN SDG solutions in emerging markets.

The Financial Times and Seedstars have joined hands to launch the first edition of the ‘FTxSDG Challenge’. The event targets new startups and individual entrepreneurs that focus on the UN SDGs, particularly the themes of gender equality, climate action, quality education, good jobs and economic growth, reduced inequalities, and good health and wellbeing.


The startups who come out on top will have the chance to secure up to $500K  in funding through the Seedstars Investments Fund. A total of 150 participants will be selected, and shall be tasked with the mission of solving real business challenges and presenting innovative strategies. 


“Seedstars is very excited to launch the FTxSDG Challenge. Since 2013, our team has been organising the Seedstars World competition created to support and invest in impact-driven entrepreneurs from emerging markets. Working with Financial Times, we’re confident that this mission can be amplified together in the FTxSDG Challenge,” said Alisee De Tonnac, CEO of Seedstars.


For five days, the event will host workshops, masterclasses, talks, mentoring and networking opportunities. The challenge also includes an entire month’s access to the Investment Readiness Sessions by Seedstars.


Applications are now open, and will remain open until November 1st via fttalent.ft.com




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