We Are Seedstars World

Seedstars World is a Switzerland based startup competition that takes place in emerging markets. Our vision is to reduce unemployment in emerging markets through the promotion and investment in entrepreneurship.

Startup Competition

Seedstars World is an exclusive startup competition in emerging markets. Only high quality startups can receive an invitation and are chosen following a strict selection process. The winner is crowned with the prestigious denomination Seedstars World Best Startup.

Corporate Services

SSW innovation sourcing program has for objective to help your corporation stay ahead of the curve by sourcing growth (innovation) where growth takes place (emerging markets).


Team


ALISEE DE TONNAC

Co-founder & CEO

Alisée graduated from HEC Lausanne and obtained her Master in International Management at Bocconi University with highest honors. She lived eight years in Singapore and two years in Silicon Valley. She worked as product manager for luxury brands at L’Oreal Group and was part of the Italian team at Voyage Prive, a leading European startup. She was a member of the Harvard Model Congress Europe where she won the Award of Excellence. After traveling for a year around the world to set up the first edition of Seedstars World, Alisee is now managing the company and taking it to the next level!

CHARLIE GRAHAM-BROWN

CFO

Charlie studied at The University of Leeds, UK with a year at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and holds a Master of Engineering First Class Honours degree. He transitioned into finance following an MBA at the Collège des Ingénieurs, Paris and became a CFA charter holder. Charlie has six years of experience in innovative financial institutions. Working as an investment officer for four years at BlueOrchard Finance, he analysed and invested in microfinance institutions across Africa, MENA and Asia. When he’s not working on Seedstars World, Charlie can usually be found in the mountains or doing a triathlon!


JULIEN BERTHOMIER

Regional Manager for Asia

Julien graduated from Sheffield Business School in the UK and obtained his Master from the University of Amsterdam. He started out as a Marketing Project Manager for French online retailer Mollat.com. He later worked for the Dutch Philips both in Amsterdam and in the US where he helped building a digital innovation hub from the ground up together with Microsoft, IBM and Cisco. Lately he sneaked into the Boston startup ecosystem with the Startup Institutecame back to Europe and happily joined SSW. Organising the 30+ Seedstars World pitching events in 2014, he is now Regional Manager for Asia and Middle East. When he is not scouting startups, he is flying mountains with his paraglider!

LORENA EDEJER

Regional Manager for Latin America

Lorena graduated from HEC Genève and is currently obtaining her Master of Science in Management from HEC Lausanne, specializing in Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship. During her studies, she was the vice-president of START Lausanne, active at EPFL and in HEC Lausanne. Lorena previously worked for projects of the Foundation of entrepreneurial creativity in Geneva, launching innovative projects with institutional partners, such as the City of Geneva and HES-SO, the University of Applied Sciences in Western Switzerland. Before joining SSW, she briefly dived into technology consulting at Innobridge. Born in the Philippines, she lived in Berlin and Switzerland and traveled around South America and Asia. It made perfect sense for her to join Seedstars World as it was the project combining everything she loves!

ENRIQUE ALVARADO HABLUTZEL

Regional Manager for Latin America

Enrique graduated from Tec de Monterrey and obtained a Master degree in Management from HEC Lausanne. He has 5 years experience working in Mactell de Mexico, developing sales and marketing strategies in LATAM related to technology and innovation with big corporates such as Honeywell, Wincor Nixdorf, IBM, and Zebra. In Europe, he has been working as a consultant on innovation for Innobridge and on the Strategy and Corporate development team of the biggest entrepreneur in Europe Virgin. When he won’t be organizing the third edition of Seedstars World and planning the revenue strategy, you might find him dancing salsa in the middle of the streets!

KATARINA SZULENYIOVA

Regional Manager for Asia

Katarina graduated from Leiden University with a Master degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy. After finishing her studies, she lived in Israel and in New York, where she was interning at the Permanent Mission of Slovakia to the United Nations. She later became a team member of Impact Hub Bratislava, where she is providing support until now. For the past 6 months, Katarina was living in Malaysia, developing an e-health platform aimed to improve the pre-pregnancy health of women in order to reduce the risk of gestational diabetes. Combining her passion for social entrepreneurship  and enthusiasm for connecting like-minded people from all over the world, she happily joined Seedstars World as the Community and Regional Manager. 


MARCELLO SCHERMER

Regional Manager for Africa

After graduating from the University of Innsbruck with a double degree in Economics & Psychology, Marcello moved to Silicon Valley to work for Detecon, an innovation & strategy consulting subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. In that role, he helped global telcos identify, implement and incubate new ideas. He's also strongly involved in startup communities all over the world as a board member ofStartupBus, an organizer of the AMPION venture bus in Africa as well as an advisor to the Academy for Corporate Entrepreneurship. He joined the Seedstars World Family as Regional Manager for Africa. When he’s not staring at a screen or organizing events, you can find him scuba diving the world's oceans.


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