PIVOT East 2016 has opened doors for startups from as far Dr. Congo, Somalia and Burundi, making it the region’s biggest startups competition and conference since its launch 2011.
Set to be held on 15th November 2016, PIVOT East aims to catalyse the growth of startups, so as to amplify and consolidate the gains of East Africa’s digital entrepreneurship ecosystem. The key objective for this year’s event is “to facilitate discovery of the next wave of high potential startups in the region”.
Startups from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Burundi, Somalia and DR Congo can submit their applications at pivoteast.com/apply2016 before September 8 2016. Just to be sure your startup qualifies, check more info here but the judges are looking for startups which describe the customer pain, the startups solution, revenue streams, team composition and commitment, market traction, short-term projections and milestones among other aspects.
The competition has has five categories which are; Finance, Enterprise, Entertainment, Utilities and Society and Governance. Each category will feature five finalists who will pitch to an audience of Investors, Development Partners, Government Representatives, Telecom Operators and other key stakeholders from East Africa.
The 25 finalists will receive training and coaching on how to pitch to investors. Startups that reached final 25 lists of PIVOT 2011, PIVOT 2012 ,PIVOT 2013, PIVOT 2014, and PIVOT 2015 may not compete with products/services previously submitted for the competition. The judging panel will have discretion to disqualify entries in breach of this requirement. Companies that entered the competition but did not make it to the finals can compete with the same product.
Applicants are also required to upload a short (max 5 mins) video of the founders expressing the mission and strength of their startups on their VC4Africa profile.
Close Call for applications – 8th September 2016
Main pitching conference – 15th November 2016