The startup conference will launch 40 of the most innovative startups in Africa and highlight some of the best new technology innovations from across the continent.
Applications are open at www.DEMOAfrica2013.com until July 30th.
The first DEMO Africa event took place in October last year. The 40 startups that launched their companies for potential investors and the international media in 2012 have gone on to close around US$ 8 million in investments, business deals and partnerships. Five out of the 40 companies that launched (mPawa, Soko, Qabila, Maliyo Games & Flowgear) will be going to participate at DEMO Silicon Valley in October 2013. For some success stories of last year’s DEMO Africa selected entrepreneurs, read interviews with Soko, mPawa, m-Kazi, TaxTim and others on the VC4Africa website.
This year’s applications for DEMO Africa are handled by venture capital community VC4Africa, a platform for showcasing African ventures and a trusted DEMO Africa partner.
Harry Hare, executive producer at DEMO Africa, said “The bar is set even higher this year as we take the companies that have the highest potential and expose them to a growing number of investors, media and technology buyers.”
Ben White, a Founder of the VC4Africa community added “It’s incredible to see entrepreneurs from across the continent come together for this event. The entrepreneurial tide is rising, and DEMO Africa is a powerful showcase of the type of innovation and the quality ventures now coming up”
To be eligible to launch at DEMO Africa, products must solve a real commercial problem, make an impact or change the marketplace / create a new market, have a business plan and a management team capable of delivering the product to market, and make its public debut at the DEMO Africa conference. Entrepreneurs can apply to participate in DEMO Africa 2013 at www.DEMOAfrica2013.com.
The second DEMO Africa start-up launch conference will be held on 24-25 October 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. DEMO Africa is the flagship initiative of the [email protected] partnership, aimed at enhancing entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa. [email protected] brings together the U.S. State Department, Microsoft, Nokia, InfoDEV, the African Development Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, DEMO, Startup Weekend, Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST), VC4Africa, Appfrica, Business Action for Africa, Business Fights Poverty, and the Global Entrepreneurship Week.