Inaugural Global Startup Awards Africa Summit to spotlight Nigerian Startups

Treepz, an industrial-tech startup in Nigeria, and Chekkit Technologies a commerce-tech platform will be joining a group of top founders of rapidly scaling UN Sustainable Development Goals(SDG)-aligned businesses throughout West Africa and the greater region. Global Startup Awards Africa summit in Cape Town on 14 and 15 June, South Africa

Hosted by Global Innovation Initiative Group (GIIG), the event is a culmination of a 6-month long process of extensive and rigorous research, networking, and collaborations across the globe, with the aim of finding Africa’s most promising innovators.

Global Startup Awards Africa gathered 30 Country Partners, 50 Ambassadors and 250 innovation hubs across Africa to find close to 8,000 startups.

Two startups were selected by a jury of 215 industry professionals. They went through three rounds and two rounds public voting. The panel then named the businesses as one, two, or all, of 500 country winners. It also chose one of 60 regional winners. Finally, it decided to name them one of 12 continental winners.

Jo Griffiths, Co-Founder of GIIG Africa, comments, “We have been incredibly impressed with the calibre of startups and the phenomenal world-changing solutions they have created; we cannot wait to showcase them on the stage at this inaugural event. We remain committed to find, fund and grow Africa’s next generation of technologies, which are solving some of the world’s greatest challenges”.

Participant startups were interviewed and valuable data was gathered. This enabled the organisation to clearly understand the needs and challenges of African startups.

The Global Startup Awards Africa will host this Summit to facilitate open and honest conversations about the daily business challenges facing industry innovators and disruptors as well as the immediate climate change needs and planet.

The winners will have the opportunity to present and workshop with industry experts, corporates, policymakers, global family offices, institutions and UHNWI’s, who are seeking to invest in SDG-aligned technologies from Africa.

Only a few tickets are available for delegate ticket holders. The event will place startups front and center with top stakeholders in African innovation. It will focus on connecting ecosystem players and enabling impacts through meaningful panel discussions and highly curated matchmaking sessions. This will facilitate pan-African, global trade opportunities and investment opportunities to tech startups across Africa.

The Summit is supported by stakeholders such as the South Africa National Convention Bureau, the City of Cape Town, and the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), whose collective vision is to position Cape Town as Africa’s tech capital of the future.

Amanda Kotze -Nhlapo is the Chief Convention Bureau Officer of South Africa National Convention Bureau.

“Business events, particularly intra-African meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions, play a significant role in the post-pandemic recovery plan.

With Cape Town’s positioning as the continent’s ‘Tech Capital’, it makes complete sense for us to look at business events such as the inaugural Global Startup Awards Africa, to promote our knowledge economy to a new audience of innovators and investors throughout the continent and beyond.

We want to be a part of conferences like this, creating shared value for SMMEs by hosting business events.

We believe the Global Startup Awards Africa is not just ticking the destination marketing box, but rather, making a significant impact on the local economy by hosting this impressive group of global partners, investors, thought leaders and African innovators.”

Day 1 will feature speakers, panellists and startups addressing topics such as:

  • What is the future of funding startups? what’s next?
  • Mega Trends: The emerging trends that we are seeing across the continent (Health and Climate, Financial Inclusion, Financial Inclusion).
  • How to create global bridges: Accessing new markets through building global bridges
  • Talent spotting: Bridging knowledge and addressing the complexities in team management
  • Alternative Investment Models: Profit and Purpose; Gender Smart Investing
  • Future of blockchain for existing startups

The evening will end with a gala dinner and startup showcase to celebrate the achievements of the startups.

Day 2 will offer a think-tank to facilitate deal flow, workshops and matchmaking for sponsors and invited guests.

CEO of the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Taubie Motlhabane, comments: “We are very proud to host this incredible event which aims to make an invaluable impact on startups across the African continent. Our core mission as an organisation is facilitate strategic partnerships in Africa, with a focus on innovation. The inaugural Global Startup Awards Africa Summit is the perfect pan-African platform to highlight not only the challenges, but also the triumphs of innovators representing all 55 African countries.”

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