Johannesburg, With just three months to its second edition, the Southern Africa Startup Awards looks forward to announcing its 2019 South African Finalists. The official announcement takes place in Cape Town on 12 September 2019, at the SA Innovation Summit – the official host of the South Africa Chapter.
Widely considered as the largest independent startup ecosystem competition in World, the Southern Africa Startup Awards recognises entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation and technology whilst transforming our world.
The programme’s mission is to connect, support, and celebrate key players in national and regional startup ecosystems worldwide and to fuse them together on a global entrepreneurial network. The initiative creates a matrix of opportunities for international partnerships, commercial exchange, and investment opportunities. This is done through a ‘bottom-up’ strategy with local startup ecosystems that put the founders and startup ecosystem supporters first.
“This year, we received a total of 2446 nominations from 15 SADC Countries with an overall of 967 nominations recorded for South Africa,” says Mckevin Ayaba, CEO of Setup A Startup – the umbrella organisation of the Southern Africa Startup Awards.
Next month, finalists from the South African leg will be selected to compete in 19 categories for a spot at the regional grand finale scheduled to take place on 27-28 November 2019 in Johannesburg. The finalists and winners will be selected by a panel of independent judges.