African Women-Focused Tech Startups Urged to Apply for She Loves Tech 2018 Global Competition

Top global startup competition focused on women and technology, She Loves Tech is calling all women impact and women-led tech startups for its 2018 Global Startup Competition set to hold in 14 locations across the world.

Local rounds in Africa will start in June to August, local round winners will finally meet in Beijing, China for the global finals happening at the International Conference on September 15, 2018. Registration for the East Africa round of the She Loves Tech 2018 Global Startup Competition ends on July 2nd, 2018.

The East Africa round of the competition is co-organized by China Africa Tech Initiative and will be held on July 14th, 2018 at Nairobi Garage. Winners from each local round will receive a trip to Beijing, China where they will receive a spot to pitch on an international stage, attend the She Loves Tech 2018 International Conference, participate in a high-level boot camp, and gain numerous networking opportunities with China’s leading tech ecosystem players.

The global final and Chinese round winners will also receive a trip to participate in the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology’s (SWITCH) Women in Tech Conference, and visit startup incubator Block71, blockchain hubs, leading VCs etc. held on September 18-21, 2018 (flights not covered). The winner of the global final will receive exclusive mentorships from leading investors and industry experts, consulting services (China landing, China IP protection, financial, legal and HR advisory, product and technology development, etc.), fast-track entry to partner programs, media exposure, workspaces and more!

Teja Ventures, a venture capital fund with a gender lens, and other affiliate funds will be actively looking to invest in the top startups coming out of the global competition.

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To be eligible, the women-focused ventures should be seeking angel, Seed or A round funding (under US$5m funding raised) with, at minimum, a viable product past its conceptual stage. The competition is accepting startups from Agri Tech, AI & Big Data, B2B solutions, Blockchain, Consumer Tech, Clean Energy, Fin Tech, Edu Tech, Internet of Things and Med Tech.

In preparation for the main competition, She Loves Tech will be hosting a number of warm-up sessions and workshops as below. See registration link here.

May 31 | 7-9pm | Info Session/She Loves Tech Networking | Nexus
June 6 | 4:30-6:30pm | How Build a Pitch Deck | Nairobi Garage
June 13 | 4:30-6:30pm | Presentation & Speaking Skills | Nailab
June 20 | 4:30-6:30pm | How to Network with Investors | iHub
July 9 | 8:30am-12:30 pm | Village Capital VIRAL | Nairobi Garage
July 14 | 8:30am- 6pm | She Loves Tech Pitch Competition | Nairobi Garage

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