Africa Cup 2021

The centre stage of the 2021 SA Innovation Summit


The center stage of the SA Innovation Summit: a competition providing start-ups and early-stage companies in all tech-enabled sectors from around the world to compete for investment, showcase their products and services, gain market and media exposure, and secure support in the stages of scaling and growth.

The Africa Cup aims to promote and develop the entrepreneurial creativity of start-ups who are disrupting the traditional ways of doing business. This is an opportunity for all early start-ups with high growth potential, scalability, and expansion plans, to showcase their technologies while obtaining access to funding, new markets, and PR exposure.


A panel of expert judges will evaluate the Africa Cup entries and select 50 entries from the initial pool. This Top 50 will submit video pitches to be further reviewed and the Top 10 finalists to compete in the final live virtual pitch round. During the preliminary evaluation process, the pitches will be reviewed based on the information provided in the online entry f according to the following criteria:

  • Early-stage, post-revenue with at least 1 year in operation
  • Sound revenue and profit models
  • Market attractiveness and ability to provide solution to the identified need
  • Strategic competitive positioning
  • Strong management team  with more than 1 founder
  • Looking for growth funding


June 30, 2021
Program dates Jul 26 - Sep 23, 2021
Organizer SA Innovation Summit
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