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Volunteer Seedstars Summit 20

Are you a student looking to gain experience in an international team, and be part of organising the largest forum for startups from emerging markets, taking place in Lausanne in April 2020?

Who we are

Seedstars is a global organisation with headquarters in Switzerland, and a presence in 70+ emerging markets. We are on a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. Our initiatives are focused on connecting stakeholders within these ecosystems, building tech companies from scratch and investing in the top entrepreneurs.

Our flagship event is the Seedstars Summit.

About the Seedstars Summit

Date: March 30 - April 3rd

Location: Swiss Tech Convention Center, Lausanne

Each year we reunite over 1’000 investors, accelerators, startups, government officials, managers, and corporate executives to our annual Seedstars Summit, the technology and innovation forum for Emerging Markets. The aim of the Summit is to discuss how technology and entrepreneurship can impact billions of people’s lives. 65 startup finalists, representing 65 countries, will be joining us for a week to participate in an intense bootcamp, investor forum, and during the final ceremony to announce the Seedstars World Global Winner who received up to USD 500k in equity investment. More on

About the Volunteer Program

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the Seedstars Summit, learn more about the different startup ecosystems, get to know inspiring people from all across the globe, and make an impact!

Tasks depend on your interests, strengths/weaknesses, and where we need a helping hand on the days you are available! This may include one or more of the following:

  • VIP Guest Management Team: manage the reception desk, accompany VIP guests (investors, government officials, etc) during the day, coordinate the private meeting rooms.
  • Design & Decoration Team: support in the installation and removal of the Summit set-up to make the event look great! Participate in the "mis en oeuvre"
  • Registration & Event Assistants: manage the registration desk to check in and welcome events, run the cloakroom, and help attendees find their way around
  • The Runners: facilitate communication between the different groups and Seedstars team during the Summit week, and support key startups/mentors/investors in getting to their different meetings/on-stage appearances in time. Help out as needed- excitement guaranteed.
  • Transportation Team: assist in picking up and driving key participants (startups, investors, etc) from the airport to Lausanne, and to various functions throughout the event.
  • Bloggers and Session Note-Takers: participate in the different workshops and conferences during the week to build valuable content on the main takeaways and key discussion points to be posted on Seedstars Blog & other partner media platforms.
  • Media Relations Team: assist media and press partners during the week in terms of organisation/coordination of meetings, logistics/transportation and content production.
  • Social Media Assistants: assist in managing content creation and distribution on the different social media channels. Promote official # and help us engage with the attendees!

Important: The Seedstars Summit does not cover volunteers’ travel or accommodation costs.

Benefits and perks

  • Exposure to cultures and ecosystems from over 70 countries
  • Build your network in emerging markets of tech entrepreneurs and investors
  • Join a young, passionate, hungry and growing team of entrepreneurs & facilitators
  • Free access to Private Entrepreneur Party on the night of the April 5th (minimum two days participation as a volunteer)
  • Access to Job opportunities within the Seedstars Group:
    • Higher success rate for those that have participated as volunteers
    • After the Seedstars Summit 2019, job offers done to 3 volunteers

Your profile

  • Conversational level of English
  • An ability to connect - You are comfortable in new environments and, more importantly, love engaging with new people and circumstances.
  • Creativity & team player  - The challenges faced are constant and you should see these challenges as opportunities and experiences. You will need to be creative to solve those problems.
  • Flexibility & Curiosity - This job only makes sense for someone who is passionate about our mission and about understanding new cultures & ecosystems.
  • Driver license - to participate in the Travel team

It comes without a doubt that we ask that our volunteers are polite, courteous, punctual and committed to contributing to the success of the Seedstars Summit!

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"It was a very exciting experience for me. One of the best moment that I had, was during a stand-up meeting on the Summit day: when we sang the motivational song, I had a strong feeling of belonging to the Seedstars family." Volunteer @Seedstars Summit 2018

"Seedstars really live up to their motto keep it simple, keep it lean! Nothing is fake and everything is concrete and doable! Just crazy to see what they have built in the past four years and they make you feel part of the mission! Impressive!" - Volunteer @Seedstars Summit 2017

"I am so proud of wearing the Seedstars hoodie! The people I have met during the event are unbelievable. They've inspired me to launch my own company!" - Volunteer @Seedstars Bootcamp Volunteer 2016

"Thanks to this opportunity I was able to get an internship within Seedstars Group and work more closely with the investment team to learn more about the opportunities of investment in these markets!" - Volunteer @Seedstars Summit 2016


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