The second edition of the Pan-African technology launching pad for 40 of Africa’s top innovators DEMO Africa, is set for October 24-25 in Nairobi Kenya.
This is the second time the conference is being held in the city. DEMO is an initiative of Liberating Innovation in Opportunity Nations or [email protected] among other partners and like last year’s event, DEMO Africa 2013 will launch 40 of the most innovative start-ups from across the continent and highlight some of the best new technology innovations.
According to Harry Hare, the Executive Producer for DEMO Africa; “It gives me great pleasure to announce DEMO Africa 2013. We will be looking for the best of the best technology start-ups to launch on a global platform. The bar is set even higher this year as we take the companies that have the highest potential and expose them to the investors, media and technology buyers.”
Applications for DEMO Africa 2013 are open to technology entrepreneurs from across Africa.
To be illegible to apply, one’s startups ought to have a product that solves a real commercial problem; can disrupt the current market ; has a clear business plan and a capable management team and ought to make its first public debut at the conference.
DEMO Africa is made possible by the contributions of DEMO, Startup Weekend, U.S. State Department, USAID, Microsoft, Nokia, InfoDEV, the African Development Bank, Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST), Venture Capital for Africa, Appfrica, Business Action for Africa, Business Fights Poverty, and the Global Entrepreneurship Week.
The DEMO Africa 2012 top five companies will pitch their businesses at DEMO Silicon Valley in October 2013 and have raised an estimated US$ 8 million in investment after their launch last year according to Brian Longwe, DEMO Africa Event Director. Top entrepreneur network, VC4Africa will handle this years applications from its platform HERE.