AYO Scaling Africa Series

Empowering Africa's Technopreneurs


AYO Technology Solutions is a technology investment company with a focus on disruptive solutions that advance life, business and economics and a vision to create Africa’s own tech giant.  This year, AYO presents the first ever: Scaling Africa Series to empower South Africa’s Technopreneurs.

In collaboration with the SA Innovation Summit, this series will identify and support South African digital and tech-based businesses, disrupting the ecosystem with novel ways to solve business and everyday needs of communities across Africa.

The AYO Scaling Africa Series will provide Series A funding seekers, with high growth strategies and a sustainable competitive advantage, a chance to build capacity and grow. It aims to provide exposure, access to new markets, funding opportunities, business support and opportunities to scale.


A panel of expert judges will evaluate the Scaling Africa Series entries and select the Top 5 candidates as the finalists to compete in a virtual live pitch round.

During the preliminary evaluation process, the pitches will be reviewed based on the information provided in the online entry form according to the following criteria:

  • Series A / Growth Phase
  • Product/Service proposition to solve real customer needs
  • Scalable business model and quality execution strategy
  • Sustainable competitive advantage
  • Sound revenue and profit models
  • Turnover: R5m – R50m
  • Passionate & knowledgeable management team


May 31, 2021
Program dates Jun 21 - Jul 28, 2021
Organizer SA Innovation Summit
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Targets South Africa
Agritech, Biotechnology and medical research, Clean technology and energy, E-commerce, EdTech, HealthTech, Logistics, Waste management and recycling