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2020 Migration Challenge (Open call for startups working on innovative solutions)

Application process closes​

August 25, 2020

The global call for applications for the 2020 Migration Challenge is now open. In partnership with the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and the Business Advisory Group of Migration, Seedstars is looking at rewarding innovative early-stage Human Resources, FinTech, CivicTech and EdTech start-ups with solution-oriented products to improve migration systems that respond to labour market needs.

The solutions should assist with better matching of employment sectors facing skills shortages with trained regular migrant workers - ex-pats, temporary workers, seasonal workers, intra-company transferees. The solutions should also provide ways for governments to share information and best practices to improve their policies. Finally, they should provide migrant workers with access to financial, educational, labour mobility services.

About Seedstars

Seedstars is the leading emerging market start-up community and investor and works in partnership with the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the largest network of the private sector in the world representing the interests of employers in social and labour matters at the international level, and the Business Advisory Group on Migration, the private sector network that provides input to the global migration debate taking place across a range of platforms, including at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).


Finalists will pitch for the prize during the 13th GFMD Summit, to be held in Dubai in January 2021.

Winner to take part in Global Seedstars' Summit 2021 in April 2021

Application Criteria

All applications must comply with the following criteria:

  • The start-up must be an existing solution under 4 years of existence (averagely 2 y.o.)

  • The start-up must be a pre-seed, seed, or early-stage start-up with a minimum viable product (MVP).

  • Have a maximum of USD 500,000 of funding to date.

  • Primary users of the product should be governments, employers and migrant workers.



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