April 28, 2015

DEMO Africa Funding and Media Publicity for African Start-up Entrepreneurs

DEMO Africa 2015

Course(s): Entrepreneurship (all fields)
Course Level: Contest, Awards
Provider: DEMO Africa
Country to Study in: Africa (Nigeria)

Scholarship Description
Are you working on an exciting company with massive potential to scale? Is 2015 the year you plan to go big? The application window for DEMO Africa 2015 is now open: entrepreneurs can apply today!

Each year since the first DEMO Africa event was held in 2012, DEMO Africa has offered the DEMO Africa applications for African Start-up Entrepreneurs.

DEMO Africa allows start-ups from all over Africa to meet VCs, investors, tech acquisition specialists, IT buyers and media from across the region and around the globe.

DEMO Africa 2015

Eligibility
To be eligible to launch on the DEMO Africa stage applicants MUST have a working product (not an idea) ready for market and the product must:
  • Solve a commercial problem
  • Make an impact or change the marketplace into which it is introduced or create a new market
  • Have a business plan and a management team capable of delivering the product to market
  • Make its public debut at the DEMO Africa conference
  • Must be a registered company
See full eligibility and non-eligibility criteria here.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL African countries

Participating Institutions
Business start-ups from all over Africa can participate

Fields of study
The start-ups are given an opportunity to launch their products to a tech eco-system under the following 12 categories:
  1. Agriculture
  2. Health
  3. Education
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Retail
  6. Media and Entertainment
  7. Communication
  8. Transport and Logistics
  9. Energy
  10. Finance and Banking
  11. Water and Sanitation
  12. Waste Management and Recycling
Number of awards
The best 30 applications will be selected

Scholarship benefits
At the end of the application period, all qualifying applications will be taken through an adjudication process after which the top thirty will be invited to pitch on the DEMO Africa stage in September during the DEMO Africa event in Lagos, Nigeria.

DEMO Africa 2015 is scheduled to take place on 24th and 25th September at the Eko Hotels and Suites in Lagos.

In just three years, DEMO African alumni have generated over $8 million in either investment, business or partnerships from the unique mix of positioning, opportunity (networking, fundraising), training and exposure that our launchpad offers.

Method of Application
Apply for DEMO Africa 2015 and you might be next!

To apply, use the social signup links (Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn) on the official 'Social signup' page to directly continue to the application form found on the respective social media sites. You may access the 'Social signup' page here here.

After successful registration or login in on any of the social media sites, you will be automatically redirected to the official 'Social signup' page.

Visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this programme.

DEADLINES:
The application window will remain open throughout the months of March, April to close by end of May. Thus, application deadline is 31 May 2015

PLEASE NOTE:
DEMO Africa is one of the flagship initiatives of LIONS@frica and aims to connect African startups to the global ecosystem. DEMO Africa is the place where the most innovative companies from African countries get a platform to launch their products and announce to Africa and the world what they have developed.

With real startups being created in Africa to develop real-world solutions, worthy of investment and global attention, The U.S. Department of State, in collaboration with Microsoft, DEMO, USAID, and Startup Weekend, launched the Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations (LIONS@FRICA) Partnership.

This was In recognition of Africa’s economic emergence. The public-private alliance is aimed at enhancing and deepening the startup and innovation ecosystems of targeted fast- growing African economies.

Application Deadline: 31 May 2015
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: List of Contests for International Students

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