The Global Startup Awards Africa, which seeks to increase global recognition for African entrepreneurs and provide them with investment options through the GIIG Africa Fund, is currently accepting applications.
For its 2023 edition of the African Startup Awards, the Global Startup Awards (GSA), in collaboration with the Global Innovation Initiative Group (GIIG), return to Africa. The competition aims to identify, acknowledge, network, and accelerate ideas that have the potential to positively impact Africans’ quality of life.
GSA Africa is a pan-African opportunity for SDG-aligned solutions with global relevance, focusing on issues such as agriculture, climate change, commerce, education, healthcare, mobility, and logistics. It is particularly interested in startups that support Web3 technologies, sustainable business models, green innovation, and workplace diversity.
“Historically, Africa has had to battle against this narrative of the ‘Dark Continent’ – but if we learnt anything from last year’s competition, which gathered more than 7,000 entries – it’s that Africa is a continent brimming with world-class talent, with impact-driven ideas, and with ample opportunities to scale. We’re incredibly excited to spend this next season connecting with the next cohort of leaders in African innovation, and to support their growth with new opportunities for funding, access to market, and mentorship at a global level,” said Jo Griffiths, co-founder of GSA Africa.
Participants in the year-long competition will first compete at the national level before attempting to advance to the regional finals. After that, in August 2023, the GSA Africa Summit will bring together the continent’s leading innovators in person for a two-day conference and gala dinner to bring together, connect, and celebrate Africa’s most creative minds.