South African city, Johannesburg will host the sixth edition of Demo Africa, an event described as the “launchpad for emerging technology and trends”, on September 6 – 7, 2017.
The fifth edition held last year in Johannesburg and saw five startups emerge winners, receiving cash prizes and embarking on a 2-week Innovation Tour of Silicon Valley.
This year, an Innovation Tour, aka mini-DEMO Africa, across 14 African capital cities will be embarked on from February to May 2017 in search of startups that’ll launch their products at the event.
Countries such as Botswana, Cote d’voire, Senegal, and Morocco, first time hosts, and Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, Egypt, Zimbabwe and South Africa will be visited.
“We will be covering all the four corners of the continent and we have increased the number of countries that we will visit this year,” said Eng. Martin Obuya, projects director at DEMO Africa.
He added, “There has been a lot of innovation and entrepreneurship activities in these new countries and we hope to catalyze the ecosystems there in line with our mission.”
Held in partnership with partner hubs and accelerators, the tour will see the DEMO Africa team and partners engage with tech startups to share the DEMO Africa vision, coach and mentor interested startups, as well as share tools that can help them build and grow their businesses.
At the end of it all, thirty startups will be selected. They will receive software and services worth more than US$150,000 each for the next three years.
Importantly, the startups will receive mentorship and attend a 2-day bootcamp in preparation for their launch. The pitch/launch will hold at the main event in September and a panel of judges will announce the winners.
Startups interested in the event should apply by April 30, 2017. Entry categories include Health, Education, Agriculture, Commerce, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Entertainment, Energy and Logistics.