Are you looking for an emerging star?

Emerging Stars is proud to announce the launch of their extended online service designed to partner entrepreneurs, distributors and investors. is an online portal that offers a selection of business opportunities in emerging economies.

Our exclusive opportunities include projects like greenhouse farming in Rwanda, a bio medicals company in Russia or a wood pellet plant in South Africa. Distributors are also required for handmade jewellery from India, ceramic and porcelain dinnerware from Thailand and plastic recycling machinery from Turkey.

Founded as a television project to scout emerging countries for young, innovative entrepreneurs, Emerging Stars introduced the online portal as a natural extension of the brand.

Initially a free service utilised to generate and direct interest from its TV series, the directory became a trusted listing service for entrepreneurs, distributors and funders alike. While working on the series, the excellent research team built a fast-growing network of entrepreneurs, investment agencies and business consultancies – along with a cache of already-vetted business opportunities.

“Grow a business and change the world” is an apt slogan for this digital entrepreneurial initiative, now with a more formalised entrepreneur, distributor and investor introduction and connection mechanism.

The new site continues to allow for free business listings (uploaded once they have been researched and verified by the team to ensure sustainability), and will allow for potential investors to access detailed information such as business plans, financial reports and contact details. It will also offer “first right of refusal” opportunities for investor partners with bespoke fee structures.

The model is sound: A platform that aims to stimulate entrepreneurship as a solution to poverty and unemployment. Examples of past successful deals are numerous – from a producer of solar lamps in Ghana who found, in a period of a few days, distributors in 6 countries to an Indian businessman who received offers to fund a hotel development in Goa.

Founder Raymond Hasselerharm is himself a successful entrepreneur, with diverse business interests in emerging countries. Initially a television reporter covering global hotspots (one of the highlights of his career was an exclusive TV interview with Nelson Mandela, soon after the ANC leader was released from prison), he recognises the need for a global marketing platform for entrepreneurs from emerging economies and a vetted “directory” for investors.

Says Hasselerharm: “Many of the conflicts that I covered as a journalist were the result of poverty and can be prevented. Entrepreneurs can play a major role in this.”

Emerging Stars seeks to inspire people to start and grow business and is now a platform to take action.

Raymond Hasselerharm: “Many people want to do business with other emerging countries but they need to go with expensive trade delegations and to exhibitions where they only see a very limited amount of people. We offer them many more contacts and opportunities, only a mouse click away.”

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