AfricaIgnite will host Startup World Cup 2023, $1 mil up for grabs

  • AfricaIgnite (formerly AHUB) will play host to the African leg of the Startup World Cup 2023.
  • Startups and scaleups with no more than $15 million in seed funding are invited to apply to compete for a $1 million investment.
  • The pitch contest will take place during Africa Tech Festival in Cape Town on 16th November.

As we approach the end of the year technology and telecommunication firms worldwide are gearing up for AfricaCom and Africa Tech Festival. The three-day event takes place in Cape Town every year and this year will be rather unique.

This is because AfricaIgnite (formerly AHUB) will host the African leg of the Startup World Cup 2023. This contest has been running since 2016 and 10 African startups will compete in a pitch showcase to ultimately win a $1 million investment at the final hosted in San Francisco.

The pitch showcase is open to startups and scaleups with seed funding of up to $15 million. Business owners can apply submit an application to pitch by heading to this link before 15th October.

A shortlist of startups and scaleups will be announced on 30th October and those selected will pitch their ideas to investors and tech leaders on 16th November. The winners from this leg will go on to pitch at the aforementioned final on 1st December for the $1 million investment.

“We are very happy to partner up with AfricaTech Festival for the Startup World Cup South Africa Regional and are delighted by the quality and enthusiasm of the start-ups who are competing,” Anis Uzzaman, founder and chief executive officer of Pegasus Tech Ventures which founded the Startup World Cup, said in a press statement.

“Each year we have been able to reach more entrepreneurs in more cities around the world and, in turn, connect more innovation ecosystems to Silicon Valley and the rest of the world. We hope this partnership creates new valuable opportunities for the competing start-ups from Africa,” the founder adds.

Even if your business doesn’t make it to the Startup World Cup, AfricaIgnite makes for an excellent networking opportunity. More than that, being surrounded by the talent in the African tech ecosystem is incredibly inspiring.

Some of the topics that will be discussed at Africa Tech Festival 2023 include Connecting the Next Billion, Digital Infrastructure Investment, Sustainability, Climate Resilience, and so much more.

There are a variety of ticketing options for the three-day conference including free tickets but note, these need to be applied for so get your application in sooner rather than later.


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