Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Applications now open for 2016 Diaspora Demo Day Pitch Competition

Tiphub Africa is now accepting applications for Diaspora Demo Day 2016. The largest celebration of African innovation outside of the continent of Africa, the showcase aims to spotlight high impact tech ventures and social enterprises based in Africa and the African Diaspora.

The event will be embedded in a 3­-day summit set to include complimentary workshops and networking receptions.

Selected startups will participate in an 6 week virtual accelerator in preparation of the showcase. They will then pitch their concepts to an audience of 300+ angel, vc and impact investors, innovation enthusiasts, fellow entrepreneurs, industry experts and our esteemed panel of renowned judges for a chance to win an assortment of prizes as well as to collect invaluable insights to be used towards business enhancement and technical advancement.

Diaspora Demo Day applications are open to all persons who are 18 years or older with a technology enabled company based in, focused on or with one or more founders from the continent of Africa, the African Diaspora or of African descent. Applicants may only submit one application per year and must adhere to the following criteria:
    The Startup must have been launched within the last 2 years
  •     If the Startup has received external funding, it can only be up to USD 0.5m
  •     The Startup must have a demonstrable product or service (Minimum Viable Product, MVP)
  •     The founders of the Startup must be prepared to talk about it in public
  •     Startups from the following sectors are strongly encouraged to apply however all sectorswill be considered: Health, Education/Job Preparedness, Smart Energy, Logistics, Fintech, Agritech or enabling more efficient commerce for SMEs.
“Diaspora Demo Day is a bold demonstration of both collaboration and innovation in Africa and the African Diaspora,” says tiphub Executive Director Chinedu Enekwe. “Diaspora Demo have proven itself to be the springboard and connection point for many fast growing and high impact startups, a track record tiphub intends to build upon.”


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