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Competition

  • Seven days left to apply for #cocreate2ACCELERATE 2017

    There are seven days left to apply for the #cocreate2ACCELERATE initiative, with this year's deadline falling on 24 July 2017. #cocreate2ACCELERATE is an initiative by the Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Dutch Consulate General in South Africa. The programme will focus on five sectors this year, in the form of agritech, bluetech, fintech, healthtech and edutech. The programme will be held between 28 August 2017 and 8 September 2017 in Cape Town. Successful applicants will also be able to participate at the Innovation Summit. Last year's winning participants covered video games, application development and agritech. Read more: Five tech startups chosen for Dutch #cocreate2ACCELERATE challenge Cocreate SA stated...

  • PeaceTech Accelerator looking for more startups for its next cohorts

    PeaceTech Accelerator, a Washington DC based cloud innovation centre and scale-up programme devoted to peace technology, is looking for more participants for its next cohort starting on 8 September with the third planned for January next year. PeaceTech Accelerator was launched earlier this year by tech investment firm C5 Accelerate and PeaceTech Lab , a peace building non-profit, in collaboration with cloud computing service provider, Amazon Web Services, and has since graduated its first cohort. It runs eight week programmes for companies and non-profit organisations involved in the development of innovative technologies that promote peace and build stronger, safer societies. Dimitra Hatzudis, external relations coordinator at C5 Accelerate,...

  • Seedstars, Enel seeking energy entrepreneurs for Africa Energy Prize

    Global startup competition Seedstars  in collaboration with Enel Group, a global power company, have announced the creation of the Africa Energy Prize. The competition, which is aimed at African startups, is looking for startups that focus on increasing energy access. The collaboration, which was announced on 7 July, will form part of the existing annual Seedstars World Competition.  Seedstars and Enel representatives will evaluate startups' business models and the Enel team will announce the top finalists in December at the RES4Africa event. The winner will be announced at the global Seedstars Summit in Switzerland in April next year, whereupon they will enter Seedstars' three-month growth...

  • Seedstars World heads to Harare

    Seedstars World is heading to Zimbabwe on 30 October 2016 for the very first time, in search of the nation's most innovative startup. With the support of local host Impact Hub Harare, Seedstars World is looking for smart startups who are able to solve regional issues through innovative products and services. These startups are to be able to produce and develop profitable products for the global market as well as support their regional business and growth. Eligible startups need to be less than two-years old, have raised less than US$50 000 in funding and have already built a minimum viable product with suitable traction. "Seedstars...

  • Raizcorp, Nedbank to host SimplyBiz workshop for Cape Town entrepreneurs

    South African business incubator Raizcorp in partnership with major local bank Nedbank will be hosting the SimplyBiz Shift Questions workshop in Cape Town 12 September. The workshop is part of a national effort to equip entrepreneurs with the tools needed to think differently about their businesses and accelerate success. CEO of Raizcorp, who will also be facilitating the one-day session, explains that the SimplyBiz Shift Questions workshop will teach entrepreneurs to shift the paradigms of their thinking. “Many people have this notion that if they follow the exact steps that a successful entrepreneur took in their own journey, they too will...

  • Duty free shopping startup named top dog at Seedstars Abidjan

    Duty free shopping startup Airshop has been named the regional winner of Seedstars World in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. The global competition for startups from emerging markets recently hosted a total of 10 local company founders to pitch at the Orange Technocentre in Abidjan. Startups competed for a shot at the grand prize of US$500 000, which will happen at the finals in Switzerland. Other investments and prizes up for grabs are a US$500 000 equity investment by lastminute.com group for the best travel startup as well as a US$50 000 grant for the best space startup. Abidjan's top startup Airshop is a platform...

  • SME Empowerment Challenge to support African innovations with up to $70k

    International heavy-weights Ford Foundation, World Economic Forum and the Hague Institute for the internationalisation of Law (HIIL) are collaborating to provide a lucky few innovative startups and SMEs in East and West Africa up to US$70 000 in seed funding. Based in the Netherlands, HIIL is a advisory and research institute for the justice sector with a mission to connecting bottom-up justice innovations with support and funding internationally. The Innovating Justice Challenge is in support of a variety of initiatives around the world including Kenya's Ushahidi; Access to justice for women in Kenyan property disputes; Legal aid for LGTBI community in...

  • Co-creation Hub Nigeria calls startup pitches for Slush 2015 bootcamp

    The Slush 2015 event is now accepting applications for its international accelerator program. Chosen applicants will get the chance to spend a week in Helsinki, Finland, with 30 other startups meeting up with top investors and media. Slush Impact Accelerator is co-organised by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, UNICEF, Co-creation Hub Nigeria and other partners. The programme aims to help startups with skills workshops, networking opportunities, meeting investors, and potential partners. The applicants will also receive media exposure before the event, which includes pre-event mentoring, a bootcamp in Helsinki, and post-event support. Read more: 8 exciting African startup programmes and accelerators to watch...

  • Meet South Africa’s 12 selected startups for Seedstars World 2015

    After rounding up Cape Town's top five tech startups earlier this month, global startup competition Seedstars World will host a total of 12 exciting tech companies from around the country. The event will take place on 17 July and the companies will pitch for a chance to travel to Switzerland, where they will compete for up to US$500 000 in equity investments at the Seedstars World final event. South Africa is the only country where Seedstars World is hosted in two cities. Gregory Pepper who's the initiative's regional manager for Africa explains why: After identifying the best entrepreneurs from the Western Cape,...

  • These are the 11 startups from Cape Town to pitch at Seedstars World

    Renowned startup competition Seedstars World kicked off its African chapter in Maputo, Mozambique last month. Cinema booking site Moovi walked away with a ticket to Switzerland where it will stand a chance of winning up to US$1.5-million in investments. This week, it's up to South Africa's Cape Town to show the world what it's startups are made of. The 11 startup teams from Cape Town will pitch 30 June after which five will be invited to Johannesburg to compete against the top companies from Johannesburg at the grand final for South Africa 17 July. Regional manager for Africa Marcello Schermer says...