The 2017 edition of DEMO Africa, a platform that provides technology entrepreneurs with an opportunity to meet with potential investors and technology buyers, will be hosted by the Gauteng Province on 23 – 24 November 2017 at the Birchwood Hotel and Convention Centre.
“We are very excited to be working with the Gauteng Province to show case Africa’s best technology entrepreneurs and provide them an opportunity to launch and pitch their products and services,” says Harry Hare, Executive Director and Producer at DEMO Africa.
David Makhura, Premier, Gauteng Province, says: “We recognize that DEMO Africa brings the best emerging technology firms in Africa and introduces new technology trends and investment opportunities to about 2000 investors, technology buyers, corporate acquirers, company founders, SME support institutions, strategic partners and global press. As such DEMO Africa is well suited to the economic profile and economic development plan of the Gauteng Province.”
DEMO Africa has launched more than 180 startups in the last five years who have raised more than R700-million in investment and business deals. Some of the notable startups to launch at DEMO Africa include GoMetro, GMaven, Eduze, SpacePointe, Zuvaa, Shop Soko, Lipisha, Eneza Education, Eventus, Traffic Bytes and Vivifi.
The DEMO Africa programme includes an 8-week mentorship programme and access to tools and services from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.
This year, the DEMO Africa team toured 14 cities in Africa to identify startups that fit the DEMO Africa selection criteria. Companies that launch at DEMO Africa must:
- Have a working product
- Have an innovative solution to a difficult problem
- Have a team to execute the solution
- Have potential to scale and
- Be investor ready
Apply to launch through the Venture Africa portal at www.venture-africa.com by 31 August 2017.
Entry categories include health, education, agriculture, commerce, hospitality, manufacturing, entertainment, energy and logistics. Thirty companies will be selected to launch their products at the main event in September.
Selection and announcement of the final startups to launch at DEMO Africa will be made mid-September.
DEMO Africa is one of the flagship initiatives of LIONS@frica and aims to connect African digital startups to the global ecosystem, it is also a place where the most innovative companies from African countries come to launch their products and announce to Africa and the world what they have developed.
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