After two successful editions of the “Startup of the Year” award in France (with 2700 participating startups), Bonjour Idée, the collaborative magazine for startups and OCP Group the world leader in the phosphate markets and its derivatives as well as a committed player for sustainable agriculture in Africa, have teamed up to launch the first African edition of the Startup of the Year competition, “Startup of the Year/Africa 2017”.
Dedicated to African ecosystem, this first edition, calls on African based startups, startups founded by at least one member of the African diaspora as well as international startups willing to settle in Africa, to apply online via the website : startup.info. Application are open until 31 December 2016.
The main goal of this award is to promote the African economic and social development through innovative and efficient startups. The competition is free and open to all startups meeting the following criteria:
- Have legal status (a registration number will be required)
- Headquartered in Africa to be chosen as the “African Startup of the Year” and for “OCP Agritech Special Award”.
- No geographical restrictions for the other awards are required.
- The Startup foundation date has to be from 1 january 2010
Bonjour Idée and OCP launched the “Startup of the Year Africa 2017” award in november 2016 in Marrakech in attendance of business leaders and leading personalities from the African innovation sector, including :
- Noël Albertus, Partner, Advisory Leader, PwC Maghreb and French-speaking Africa (Morocco)
- Karim Lotfi Senhadji, Director General, OCP AFRICA (Morocco)
- Cyril Garnier, Director General, SNCF Development (France)
- Yazid Chir, Co-founder of Be-Bound, 2016 Startup of the Year (France,Algérie)
- Eric Leandri, CEO QWANT (France)
- Kossi Adzo, Founder, Bonjour Idée (France,Togo)
- Fabien Lawson, lawyer at the Paris Bar, Co-founder of LABS NS Avocats (France)
- Élie Nkamgueu, President, Club Efficience (France,Cameroun)
- Ahmed Mehdi Omarouayache, President, Algeria Digital Cluster (Algeria)
- Tania Okanla, CEO, Made in Africa (Benin)
- Tamara Moutotekema Boussamba, Founder, Agridis (Gabon)
- Jacob Opara, CEO MGI Consultants (Kenya)
- Florent Youzan, Head of the Africa Innovation LAB, Société Générale (Senegal)
- Aminetou BILAL, NGO Rim youth climate movement (Mauritania)