The Global Startup Awards Africa (GSA Africa) 2024 is now accepting entries. This initiative empowers African innovators, startups, and ecosystem enablers to showcase solutions to global challenges. GSA Africa 2024 aligns with the UN SDGs and offers categories like GreenTech, HealthTech, and Women in Tech/Photo: GSA Africa

Global Startup Awards Africa 2024 is Open

The Global Startup Awards Africa (GSA Africa) 2024 is now accepting entries. This initiative empowers African innovators, startups, and ecosystem enablers to showcase solutions to global challenges. GSA Africa 2024 aligns with the UN SDGs and offers categories like GreenTech, HealthTech, and Women in Tech.

Cape Town, 5th March 2024 – Calling all African innovators, startups and ecosystem enablers dedicated to solving critical global challenges. The Global Startup Awards Africa (GSA Africa) 2024, Edition 11, is now open for entries. With Ethiopia announced as the host for the African Finale in October 2024, the stage is set for a transformative journey towards unlocking Africa’s true potential and shaping a future for generations to come.

Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 2024 categories include GreenTech, HealthTech, Mobility and Logistics, AgriTech, FinTech and Women in Tech. Notably, this year sees the introduction of the Youth Startup category, with Africa being the youngest continent globally, boasting 60% of its population under 25 years old, we’re proud to introduce a dedicated focus on startups led by visionary founders under the age of 26 years.

Each category has general and specific criteria that must be met for applicants to advance through the competition framework. We encourage applicants to review the category requirements. The competition unfolds in four pivotal phases and winners will embark on a journey through national and regional levels before converging at the GSA Africa Summit in Addis Ababa, enjoying a week-long festival and awards dinner.

The summit offers a unique platform for innovators to connect, celebrate, and propel Africa’s most innovative minds forward along with ambassadors, international investors, corporate leaders, and key government stakeholders.

Moreover, winners gain exclusive access to the GSA Alumni Network, offering invaluable networking opportunities, mentorship, and connections with regional and global stakeholders.

“GSA Africa is more than a competition; it champions the spirit of African entrepreneurship providing global visibility and potential investment opportunities through the GIIG Africa Fund”, commented Jo Griffiths, co-founder of GIIG. “Last year’s remarkable participation of 8200+ entries from all 54 AU member states was a remarkable achievement and we look forward to seeing what 2024 holds.”

Kim Balle, co-founder of GSA Global, emphasized, “In addition to investment, networking, and mentorship opportunities, startup winners will be invited to the Global Grand Finale, engaging with potential partners from global innovation ecosystems.”

Applications for the 2024 GSA Africa are now open and will close on 5 May, with only finalized applications eligible to progress to the next round. Get a glimpse of what you can expect from GSA Africa 2024 by viewing our video clip of the GSA Africa 2023 Summit & Awards Ceremony.

Representing 23 African countries, the 16 GSA 2023 African winners, will this year participate in the global round. Here, they will compete on an international stage at the Global Startup Awards, gaining further recognition and support.

For more information and to apply, visit www.globalstartupawardsafrica.com.

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About the Global Startup Awards (GSA) Africa:
GSA Africa is the largest independent startup ecosystem competition on the continent and the exclusive vehicle for the GIIG Africa Fund to find, fund and scale Africa’s most innovative startups with Sustainable Development Goal-aligned solutions. After two successful seasons (2022 and 2023), the GSA Africa Summit seeks to unearth leading innovators with SDG-aligned solutions that strive to Power and Light Up Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialise Africa; Integrate Africa; and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

For more information, go to www.globalstartupawardsafrica.com

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