The Demo Africa Harare leg will be held on March 20, 2017 with the venture capital organisation calling for applications form interested innovative startups who shall showcase their products and ideas on the day.
The deadline to apply for the Harare edition is 15 March 2017 and the event will be held at MOTO REPUBLIK on the 20th of March.
With Demo Africa having released the dates for key activities, there will be an annual technology startups launch event starting on September 6 to September 7 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
At a press conference held in Nairobi and attended by key players in the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, organizers said that the application portal for the 2017 edition of the startup launch event is now open and startups have until April 30th to apply to launch at the continent’s largest event for tech startups.
Activities leading to the main event in Johannesburg include mini-DEMO Africa events, also referred to as the Innovation Tour, in 14 African capital cities from February to May, which will be held in partnership with partner hubs and accelerators across the continent.
“We will be covering all the four corners of the continent and we have increased the number of countries that we will visit this year,” said Eng. Martin Obuya, projects director at DEMO Africa, who noted that some of the new stops include Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Morocco. “There has been a lot of innovation and entrepreneurship activities in these new countries and we hope to catalyze the ecosystems there in line with our mission.”
During the Innovation Tours, the DEMO Africa team and partners will engage with technology startups to share the DEMO Africa vision, coach and mentor interested startups, as well as share tools that can help them build and grow their businesses.
“We want to engage with startups in all the countries we visit,” said Mbugua Njihia, event director, at DEMO Africa.
In addition to the pitch competition to win a direct entry to launch at DEMO Africa, startups will be able to engage with the DEMO Africa team, mentors and coaches from partner organizations.
“This is a very good opportunity for startups to take advantage of the partner network created by DEMO Africa and its partners through the [email protected] partnership to create linkages and networks that can help grow their businesses,” Mbugua continued.
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. The 30 companies will also receive mentorship and will attend a 2-day bootcamp in preparation for their launch and software and services worth more than US $150,000 each for the next three years.