The applications for the 2018 edition of DEMO Africa in Morocco is officially open for startups in Health, Education, Agriculture, Commerce, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Entertainment, Energy, Logistics, Big Data, FinTech and Artificial Intelligence.
All applications will be made online through the DEMO Africa portal on www.demo-africa.com. The deadline for applications is June 30th, 2018, after which a continental panel of judges will adjudicate the applications with the finalists announced at the end of July.
Now in its 7th year, The DEMO Africa platform gives technology entrepreneurs an opportunity to meet with potential investors and technology buyers in addition to providing mentorship and tools worth more than US$25,000 to each of the participating startups. Program finalists also get a chance to join global stakeholders for the [email protected] Innovation Tour in Silicon Valley and continue their journey to globalizing their solutions while gaining cutting edge tools and resources to expand their networks.
The DEMO Africa programme includes an 8-week mentorship programme and access to tools and services from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft. For the 2018 edition of DEMO Africa, the organizers are particularly interested in receiving startup applications that seek to propel African communities into the 4th industrial revolution while supporting frugal go-to-market activities within a Pan-African context.
Like previous years, the selection process will involve the DEMO Africa city tours across the continent to identify high potential startups that will be regional and national ambassadors to the African ecosystem.
Application and Selection Criteria
Successful applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Have a working product
- Have an innovative solution to a difficult problem in Africa
- Have a team to execute the solution
- Have potential to scale; and
- Be investor ready
Final selection and announcement of the thirty participating companies to launch at DEMO Africa will occur at end of July.