The Top 5 Startup Competitions in Africa


Last week, we listed the top global, European, Asian, and MENA  startup competitions. In this article, we will focus on the top 5 startup competitions in Africa.

TechCrunch Battlefield Africa

One of the most well-known startup competitions in Africa is the TechCrunch Battlefield. You can apply if your startup is in a Sub-Saharan country and you have an innovative tech product.  The winner will get an equity-free cash prize of $25,000. In addition, the winning team will get a free trip to San Francisco to participate in TechCrunch’s flagship event — Disrupt SF. For more information, please visit their website.

Startup of The Year

Startup of the Year Award is an international innovative competition created by Bonjour idée with the support of 70 partners. The winner will get 10,000€ in Cash in addition to 10,000€ Visibility Pack. To reach the finals, your startup has to get the highest votes from their online visitors. For more information, please check their application page.

Digital Africa

Digital Africa offers a great opportunity for young startups to gain a continental and international visibility. The top 5 winners will get technical and financial support up to 30,000€. In addition to the award, participating startups will have a chance to get media exposure. For more information, please have a look on their website.

African Entrepreneurship Awards

The African Entrepreneurship Award offers $1 million to all eligible African entrepreneurs with an existing business or just an idea for one. The Award Journey is made up of 4 rounds of mentoring and starts by  submitting an idea for Round 1. During this round, you must convince the regional mentors that you understand the needs in your region and that your idea meets those needs. For the second round, you need to convince the Pan-African mentors that your business idea is likely to succeed across Africa. In the third one, you must convince the global mentors that your business idea is the most significant and sustainable in Africa. In the final round, business ideas with most plausible and probable impact will have a chance to win the competition.

Demo Africa

Unlike most competitions, this event doesn’t offer financial awards to the winning startups. However, the top 5 startups will get an opportunity to raise funds and get a lot of media coverage. All African startups are eligible to apply. For more information, please visit their website.


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