“The startup ecosystem in Africa has grown immensely over the last five years and it is important to show more support. Other regions around the world are also taking advantage of the opportunity to show the best startups in their ecosystem recognition through the Global Startup Awards and Southern Africa is pleased to be among them.”
The events already has the support of companies including Microsoft, Google, Amazon Web Services, Facebook and IBM.
The mission is to “find, celebrate, connect, and support key players at the national and regional startup ecosystems and to fuse them together in a global entrepreneurial network.” The hope is to create a matrix of opportunities for international partnerships, investment opportunities and commercial exchange for all participating and winning technology startups.
“People always consider Africa as the last part of the world, whereas we have so much here that we can compete with at a global level when it comes to technology and innovation” says Mckevin Ayaba, CEO at the Southern Africa Startup Awards.
- Startup of the Year
- Best Newcomer
- Founder of the Year
- Investor of the Year
- Female Role model in Tech
- Best Social Impact Startup
- Best Fintech Startup
- Best FoodTech / Agritech Startup
- Best Student Startup
- Best Edutech Startup
- Best Accelerator / Incubator Programme
- Best Coworking Space
- Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative
- Peoples Choice Award
- Best Water Crisis Management Solution
- South Africa
- Democratic Republic of Congo
Nominations will close on 31st May 2018, National finalists will be published 9th July 2018. Public voting will open 10th July 2018, with national voting rounds closing 27th August 2018. More info on dates here.
By Nicky Verd
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