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The major pan-African startup competition, DEMO Africa 2015, is upon us and startups are encouraged to apply now. The application window is open until the end of May.
Since 2012, DEMO Africa applications have increased each year. Harry Hare, executive producer for DEMO Africa adds in a press statement: “We expect these numbers to go up again this year which is extremely encouraging as it clearly shows that more and more African entrepreneurs are getting enthusiastic about being part of Africa’s entrepreneurship revolution.”
Ben White, co-founder and CEO of VC4Africa, announced that the competition will be tougher this year. “We are looking forward to having even more mature applications this year. This means that competition will be stiff and I would encourage start-up entrepreneurs to present their best,” he said.
To make it in this year’s DEMO Africa, startups will have to be a lot more prepared for their applications. Startups must ensure that their products have the ability to make a real impact, have a clear business plan and a team capable of delivering the product.
The 12 application categories include: Agriculture, Health, Education, Manufacturing and Retail. Others are Media and Entertainment, Communication, Transport and Logistics, Energy, Finance and Banking, Water and Sanitation, Waste Management and recycling.
The applications will be assessed by an executive panel consisting of experts in business and tech. The best thirty startups will have a chance to launch their products to an ecosystem of VCs, investors, tech acquisition specialists, IT buyers and media from across the region and around the globe.
The event will take place on 24 and 25 September 2015 at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos, Nigeria.