Following the success around the globe of the Global Startup Awards and its regional editions, the team, managed by the Regional Director for Global Startup Awards-Southern Africa (GSASA), Mckevin Ayaba, are launching this year the first edition on the African continent, gathering great business ideas by local entrepreneurs in Southern Africa that will finally get recognition through a judging process operated by seven judges at the national, regional and global stage of the startup competition.
Organisers have a proven track record of awards around the world in regions such as Southern Europe, Middle East, Baltic countries, UK, Asia, etc.
The Southern Africa Startup Awards will host national awards in the 15 countries in that region, with local partners and TechInAfrica as a continental media partner, and finish with a regional finale in October 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“Startups from here don’t get to be in the limelight because we don’t always have people who believe that they can make it to the next level. We want to recognise and appreciate them because technology is shaping the future of the world and we need to encourage startups to keep doing this important work.” says Mckevin Ayaba, the Regional Director.
He adds that a total of sixteen categories include an award for ‘Best investor of the year award’, ‘Best startup of the year’, ‘Best accelerator programme of the year’, ‘Best co-working space’, ‘Best agricultural startup’ Best Fintech Startup of the year’ and ‘Best student startup’.
Nominations for GSASA will open March 2018, and we will inform you about how to participate and get your startup showcased within the program.
“The startup ecosystem in Africa has grown immensely over the last five years and it is important to show more support. Other regions around the world are also taking advantage of the opportunity to show the best startups in their ecosystem recognition through the Global Startup Awards and Southern Africa is pleased to be among them.”
The events already has the support of companies including Microsoft, Google, Amazon Web Services, Facebook and IBM.
Note: TechInAfrica is a proud partner of the Southern Africa Startup Awards, and will communicate more about it and open its network so the most promising startups in that region can apply to the awards!