More than 600 delegates, 30 speakers, and four master classes concluded this year’s DEMO Africa event, which is a launchpad for African tech startups.
In the past, DEMO Africa events took place in Nairobi, Kenya before moving to Lagos, Nigeria for two years. For the first time since its inception, it has taken place in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The DEMO Africa LIONS programme saw 723 applicants applying for the initiative. This list was eventually scaled down to 131, of which only 30 were chosen to pitch – five applicants were from South Africa.
Three of the five startups selected at DEMO Africa are South African
The five winners of DEMO Africa have been backed by Stephen Ozoigbo, CEO of the African Technology Foundation (ATF). ATF is also the agency responsible for implementing the LIONS@FRICA initiative.
“These companies have a global appeal and have the highest potential to becoming global companies,” said Ozoigbo in a blog post.
“By participating in the innovation tour, we are helping to connect these companies to the global innovation ecosystem and also continue connecting them to potential investors,” he concluded.
The five winners that made it into the programme are as follows:
The winners will head to Silicon Valley for two weeks, where they will look to foster better relations with businesses and investors.
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