African Diaspora Tech Awards at ADIS 2018

As the Startup ecosystem in Silicon Valley slowly grows in diversity and Africa seeks its own original unicorns, we are eager to celebrate and elevate our current pioneers, and increase the stakes for true afropreneurship within Silicon Valley and all the way to the continent.

At the 2018 edition of the African Diaspora Investment Symposium, the African Technology Foundation and the African Diaspora Network will co-present the inaugural African Diaspora Tech Awards in Silicon Valley to recognize our own technology pioneers, and amplify the ventures of young upcoming entrepreneurs.

We are calling for nominations of male and female African Founders within the diaspora over the next three weeks. Self nominations are also welcome.

Nomination Criteria

Group I – Afropioneers
Qualifying businesses will:
1. Have growing revenue or a significantly growing customer base.
2. Have at least one founder in the African Diasporan community, and be either locally based, or willing and able to travel to ADIS for the event.

Group II – Afrinnovators
Qualifying businesses will:
1. Have a fully functional and demonstrable MVP and achieved product market fit.
2. Have at least one founder in the African Diasporan community, and be either locally based, or willing and able to travel to ADIS for the event.

Target Sectors
1. Frugal Technologies.
2. Application Software.
3. Inclusion and Impact (E.g. Energy, Fintech, Education, Health)
4. Services (E.g. Commerce, Transportation, Agriculture)
5. Enterprise Solutions.

To nominate a Founder within your network, or to nominate yourself, please fill out this nomination form before the deadline of December 22nd, 2017. All nominees will be invited to the Award ceremony to be held as part of the 2018 edition of the African Diaspora Investment Symposium.

The Competition seeks to celebrate African entrepreneurs in the Diaspora. The judges will evaluate each nomination within the two groups, and contact each nominee with further questions on their qualification criteria. All the participating startups will be reviewed within a standard selection framework.

We look forward to receiving your nominations and celebrating African ingenuity in the diaspora!