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African App Launchpad Cup 2020 for Startups (Win Up to $72,000 in Prizes)

African App Launchpad

Applications are opened for the Africa App Launchpad (AAL) Cup 2020. The competition is for startups on apps and game development. Deadline for submitting application is 22nd November, 2020.

The competition has two tracks:

Game development: join this track if your team is working on game development, VR or AR applications.

App development: join this track if your team is working on specific app development using any technology (mobile, cloud, IOT, web, AI, etc.).

The president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, announced the African App Launchpad initiative (AAL) within the closing ceremony of the World Youth Forum (WYF) 2018. The African App Launchpad initiative is an African-wide platform aiming to build capacity of youth from Egypt and other African countries and foster establishment of sustainable startups in the area of advanced ever changing app and game technologies.

Who wins what?

  • The first three winners of both tracks are awarded $12,000, $8,000 and $4,000 each.
  • The other 24 finalists each will receive $1,000 each.
  • A real-time online business planning training will be offered to finalists by GrindStone.
  • GTM program delivered by Thinkroom Consultancy for the first place winners and funded by Microsoft.
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Pitching ongoing at the 2019 African App Launchpad Initiative

Who qualifies?

  • Applicants must be from these countries; Egypt, Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Ghana, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, The Gambia, Nigeria, Togo, Uganda.
  • Apply as teams or startups up to 2 years old.
  • Team size not less than 2 members.
  • A working prototype at least is must.

Judging Criteria

The submitted applications as well as pitching will be judged on the following areas.

  • Innovation Originality/Creativity
  • Business Model
  • Art and/or Design of the Game/App
  • Team Competencies

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Anzisha Prize: Nominate A Young Entrepreneur for A Share of US$100K

The Anzisha Prize team calls for nomination to the 2021 Top 20 Anzisha Prize Fellows. This invitation to nominate the top entrepreneurial talents from all African countries is for persons between the ages of 15 and 22 who will receive financial and networking support they need to succeed.

Anzisha Prize

This is a competition not awarded for great ideas or business plans but rather, one to recognize young entrepreneurs who are operating for-profit and non-profit ventures which do well to demonstrate ingenuity, scalability and have a social impact.

The Anzisha Prize team says, your nomination is a vital endorsement that recognises their great works. Annually, 20 leading youth entrepreneurs are selected to become Anzisha Prize Fellows.

The Anzisha Prize so far is the biggest award for young African entrepreneurs between 15 and 22, and over US$100,000 each year is given in prize money to these young entrepreneurs from across the continent.

What are the criteria for the Azisha prize?

  • Your nominee should be between the ages of 15 and 22
  • Do they run a business venture which is already delivering value to customers?
  • Is your nominee involved in the strategy and operations of the venture?
  • Is the business already having a social impact?
  • Is the business earning a revenue, or reaching beneficiaries with the potential to realize more growth (both ‘for-profit businesses’ or ‘not-for-profit’ ventures qualify).
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Alaa Moatamed of Egypt won the 2020 Anzisha grand prize and also the first Egyptian female to do so. Her business is Presto, which is an automated delivery system that is connecting vendors with their customers and suppliers.

After nominating, so what?

amanda jojo, founder of The Trea Garden

Your nominees for the Prize still need to submit an application because your nomination is an endorsement, a recommendation letter on behalf of the candidate.

Candidates then submit an application that gives full information about their business, enabling them to be evaluated for participation in the fellowship.

The nominee receives an email letting them know that they have been nominated, and also a reminder to apply for the prize once applications are open.

Itching to help find the next top 20 Anzisha prize winners? NOMINATE HERE.

The Anzisha Prize is a partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and Africa Leadership Academy

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