Thomson Reuters/Venture Capital For Africa (VC4A) Africa Startups Challenge

Africa Startups Challenge

Program(s) Offered: Business startup funding
Program Level: Contests/Competitions
Provider: Thomson Reuters; VC4A
Country to Study in: Africa

Scholarship Description
Do you want to partner with a global financial services company to accelerate your business? Then get involved in the Africa Startups Challenge!

Thomson Reuters in partnership with Venture Capital For Africa (VC4A) are launching an initiative to provide a platform for startups to partner with us as you grow your startup into a lucrative business.

The Africa Startups Challenge seeks to find the best new companies coming out of Africa. As a large continent made up of many emerging markets Africa is home to some exciting startups who are able to leverage new technology and new business models to leap-frog the current players. We want to know which startups are important and why.

Thomson Reuters/Venture Capital For Africa (VC4A) Africa Startups Challenge

If your startup is in FinTech or related industries, then this is the challenge for you!

Thomson Reuters position as a trusted provider in financial markets makes it attractive for FinTech startups to work with us as a partner. Our answer to the changing environment is an open platform approach – leveraging our depth and breadth, and enabling collaborative partnerships focused on innovation.

This Challenge seeks the most promising startups in Africa. Key areas of focus are the ten categories listed below.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ANY African country

Participating Institutions
All African startups can participate

Fields of study
Key areas of focus are the following 10 categories:
  1. Agri-tech (including land administration)
  2. Big data analytics
  3. Blockchain
  4. Digital government
  5. Education
  6. Internet of Things
  7. Fintech
  8. Media-tech
  9. Mobile technology
  10. Supply chain
Number of awards
Not specified

Scholarship benefits
What is in it for you?
  • The Challenge will provide you with the opportunity at a potential partnership with a global financial services and professional information company.
  • Increase visibility for your startup by being showcased on our global investment platform called Eikon.
  • Opportunity to attend the Thomson Reuters Africa Summit 2016.
  • Cash prize for the winning startup.
Method of Application
To apply, you will need to register. Use the social signup to register and/or log in and directly continue to the application form; or signup with your email address. You will be automatically redirected to the Apply Now page after successful registration or logging in. If you are not able to register using a social media account, please e-mail

Login into your account is required before you fill in the application form on the official Apply Now page.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply to this Startup Challenge.

The application deadline is May 30, 2016

Thomson Reuters aims to empower Africa’s success by providing government, financial, academic and business solutions that have helped move from aid-based economies to self-sustaining, knowledge-based economies for almost 150 years.

Thomson Reuters Corporation is a major multinational mass media and information firm founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was created by the Thomson Corporation's purchase of British-based Reuters Group on 17 April 2008, and is majority owned by The Woodbridge Company, a holding company for the Thomson family. The company operates in more than 100 countries, and has more than 60,000 employees around the world.

The Africa platform for startup funding, VC4A (Venture Capital for Africa) is a fast growing community of business professionals in 159 countries dedicated to building game changing companies on the African continent. It was started as a networking group in the spring of 2008 and has grown organically into what is now a thriving community dedicated to a world of inspired entrepreneurship.

Application Deadline: 30 May 2016
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africans)

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