Africa startups challenge

Powering Africa's most promising startups

UPDATE

Currently, Thomson Reuters teams are evaluating the applications. Each team has to submit their top 5 on August 15th. That’s when the final judging team comes in and will make the final selection. We expect to announce the winners early September. In the meantime don’t forget to update your venture profiles to stand out from the crowd. We will keep you posted!


Do you want to partner with a global financial services company to accelerate your business?
Then get involved in the Africa Startups Challenge!

Thomson Reuters, in partnership with Venture Capital For Africa (VC4A),  is launching an initiative to provide a platform for startups to partner as you grow your startup into a lucrative business.

The Africa Startups Challenge seeks to find the best new companies coming out of Africa. As a large continent made up of many emerging markets Africa is home to some exciting startups who are able to leverage new technology and new business models to leap-frog the current players. We want to know which startups are important and why.

Thomson Reuters aims to empower Africa’s success by providing government, financial, academic and business solutions that have helped move from aid-based economies to self-sustaining, knowledge-based economies for almost 150 years.

What is in it for you?

– The Challenge will provide you with the opportunity at a potential partnership with a global financial services and professional information company.

– Increase visibility for your startup by being showcased on our global investment platform called Eikon.

– Opportunity to attend the Thomson Reuters Africa Summit 2016.

– Cash prize for the winning startup.

If your startup is in FinTech or related industries, then this is the challenge for you!

Thomson Reuters position as a trusted provider in financial markets makes it attractive for FinTech startups to work with us as a partner. Our answer to the changing environment is an open platform approach – leveraging our depth and breadth, and enabling collaborative partnerships focused on innovation.

This Challenge seeks the most promising startups in Africa. Key areas of focus are the following 10 categories:

  1. Agri-tech (including land administration)
  2. Big data analytics
  3. Blockchain
  4. Digital government
  5. Education
  6. Internet of Things
  7. Fintech
  8. Media-tech
  9. Mobile technology
  10. Supply chain

Details

August 9
May 1 - September 30, 2016
Thomson Reuters LabsCompetition Organizer
London, United Kingdom
Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Réunion, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, United Republic of, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Retail and wholesale, Agribusiness, Automotive, Banking, Clean technology, Computer hardware, Computer software, Construction, Creative, media and entertainment, Diversified services, E-commerce, Education, Electronics, Financial services, Food and beverage, Healthcare, Insurance, Internet, Leisure and travel, Manufacturing, Mobile, Real estate, Renewable energy, Telecom, Transport and logistics, Utilities, Waste management and recycling, Water, sanitation and hygiene

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