Do you run a digital startup in Africa? Then you should enter the 2017 edition of the African continent’s premier launch pad for emerging technologies,
DEMO Africa is a platform that gives technology entrepreneurs an opportunity to meet with potential investors and technology buyers.
The DEMO Africa programme includes an 8-week mentorship programme and access to tools and services from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.
This year, the DEMO Africa team toured 14 cities in Africa to identify startups that fit the DEMO Africa selection criteria. Companies that launch at DEMO Africa must:
- Have a working product
- Have an innovative solution to a difficult problem
- Have a team to execute the solution
- Have potential to scale and
- Be investor ready.
Apply to launch through the Venture Africa portal by 31st August 2017.
Entry categories include health, education, agriculture, commerce, hospitality, manufacturing, entertainment, energy and logistics. Thirty companies will be selected to launch their products at the main event in September. They will also each receive mentorship and tools worth more than R3.3-million.
Selection and announcement of the final startups to launch at DEMO Africa will be made mid-September.
DEMO Africa is one of the flagship initiatives of and aims to connect African digital startups to the global ecosystem, it is also a place where the most innovative companies from African countries come to launch their products and announce to Africa and the world what they have developed.
It has launched more than 180 startups in the last five years who have raised more than R700-million in investment and business deals.