Following the event’s success in 2016, SpeedUPAfrica Bootcamp is returning to Nigeria from July 5-9 with the goal of empowering a new wave of African start-ups.
Organized by the team behind VC firm Draper Dark Flow, SpeedUPAfrica will provide hands-on practical help from international experts including financiers, strategists and brand builders – as well as entrepreneurs who have built their own successful businesses both in Africa and overseas.
According to Toro Orero, Managing Partner at DraperDarkFlow, “Our focus is on Mentors, Workshops and Investments as well as networking and socialising with like-minded enterpreneurs. We will ensure that the SpeedUPAfrica week is a defining moment in the life of the start-ups who attend.”
SpeedUPAfrica last year invested into Africa’s Tress, Swiftly, VugaPay, DropBuddies, Planete Sports, VeriCampus, Nurlux and TrendingshoW.
This year’s attendees will have the opportunity to pick the brains of senior representatives from Google, Singularity and Draper Universities, and some 60 potential investors. F6S – whose online platform provides entrepreneurs with access to start-up programs and investment funds as well as a host of other benefits – will be providing US$1 million of benefits to selected SpeedUp Africa participants.
Promising start-ups with live products or prototypes are invited to apply to participate. Last year’s 100 participants came from 18 countries and had an average of 60,000 users. The deadline is May 1 although SpeedUPAfrica advises people not to wait that long to make their interest known. The bootcamp is free to attend with airport transfers and hotel accommodation being covered by SpeedUPAfrica.