DEMO Africa has kick started its innovation tours of various capitals across Africa. These tours will see the DEMO team visiting 16 countries around Africa meeting various tech start-ups to get them ready for the DEMO event in September!
The tours will begin in Nairobi where the first DEMO event on African soil took place in 2012. While commissioning the team, DEMO Africa’s Executive Producer Harry Hare expressed optimism about the fate of technology in Africa. “The best solutions to the African needs will be engineered by us” he said.
East, South, West and North Africa
Today, Nailab gets to host the first innovation tour this year. The Nailab’s CEO Sam Gichuru is confident about the participation of Kenyan start-ups in the DEMO Africa 2014 competition: “The future, as has been demonstrated by the kind of innovation we have seen launched in the recent past, is bright for the techies in Kenya; Demo Africa goes a long way to give them the much needed platform to showcase their inventions to the continent and also connect them to potential investors” he said.
The first phase of the Innovation Tours will see the DEMO Team going to countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, and then followed by countries in West and North Africa. “We are first targeting countries with an active technology startup ecosystem to encourage them and prepare them to submit quality applications,” said Mbugua Njihia, DEMO Africa’s Event Director.
The application process for DEMO 2014 is ongoing and closes on 15th of June 2014. Start-ups are being called upon to submit their application through http://demoafrica2014.com between March 15th and June 15th 2014. As done in previous years, the application process is run in collaboration with online venture capital platform VC4Africa. As new VC4Africa community members, all applicants will also get access to opportunities for mentorship, raising capital and more.
All the applications will be vetted by a panel of judges comprising experts in Tech and Business who will shortlist the best forty on their ability to link creativity, innovation, effectiveness and scalability. The best forty will have a chance to launch their products to an ecosystem of VCs, investors, tech acquisition specialists, IT buyers and media from across the region and around the globe.
This year’s event is being organized in collaboration with the LIONS@FRICA partners (which include Microsoft, Nokia, US State Department, DEMO, USAID, African Development Bank, VC4Africa among others) and Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies.
This history-making DEMO Africa 2014 event is scheduled to take place between 22nd and 26th of September at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria. Delegate registration is already open and those wishing to attend can take advantage of the early bird registration!