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Apps Africa Innovation Awards Calls for Entries for Its Third Edition

Apps Africa Innovation Awards

The Apps Africa Innovation Awards comes back for yet another edition with entries open for this year’s awards ceremony.

The awards competition which is held by Apps Africa with sponsorship from Mobile Monday South Africa and Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF), seeks to celebrate technological innovation in and across the African continent. With the ever increasing impact of technology on African society and development, the awards aim to bring to the fore and recognise the technological innovations that most effectively and creatively solve problems within the continent.

Last year saw a very encouraging response with over 200 different applications from 25 countries and 10 winners on the night. This year promises to be even bigger with more award categories. Entry is open for all companies that can clearly demonstrate using technology to meet the needs of any African market.

What’s New This Year?

This year’s edition of Apps Africa Innovation Awards has 12 different award categories that companies can enter once they show sufficient suitability. It is open to ventures that are not based in Africa but have a product that has been launched in at least one African market. The categories are;

  • Disruptive Innovation award
  • Best Social & Messaging award
  • Best African App award
  • Enterprise Solution award
  • News & Entertainment award
  • Educational award
  • Fintech award
  • Social Impact award
  • Brand Campaign award
  • mCommerce award
  • Changing Africa award
  • Outstanding Industry Achievement award
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Interested participants can enter as many categories as possible. Entries will be charged $95 per category entered. Start-ups who are less than 18 months old will not be charged subject to approval and can contact them for a discount code.

Apps Africa Innovation Awards
Some of the previous winners at the Apps Africa Innovation Awards

What’s At Stake?

Winners of the various categories stand the chance to win various awards ranging from certificates and tickets to global media exposure, exhibition space and a 1-year membership in MEF.

When’s The Deadline?

The deadline for entries is 8th September, 2017.

After submission of entries, the finalists will be announced in October, 2017. The winners will then be announced in Cape Town on 6th November, 2017.

For more information visit https://www.appsafrica/appsafrica-innovation-awards/.

Update: Winners of the awards

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Elikplim Gah - TECH EDITOR - is a young aspiring mechanical engineer with an interest in technology and it's potential impact on the rapidly transforming needs of Africa and the world.

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MEST Africa: Applications Opens to Aspiring Tech Entrepreneurs in Class of 2022

MEST Africa

MEST Africa calls for applications into the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology Training Program Class of 2022. This is a twelve (12) month graduate-level training program for aspiring tech startup founders on the continent of Africa. Deadline is the 29th of April, 2021.

Since the launch of MEST Africa in 2008, the company has invested over $22 million in training over 350 individual entrepreneurs and over 60 of them have received investments across Africa.

The MEST Africa entrepreneurs have developed solutions addressing local, regional and global markets, received follow-on funding from global investors and gotten into top accelerator programs such as Y-combinator, 500 startups and TechStars.

The MEST Africa Training Program is the leading entrepreneurial training program in Africa in business, communications and software development which includes extensive hands-on project work for trainees, culminating in a final pitch and the chance to receive seed investment and grow their businesses.

The successful world-class MEST Training Program annually runs with the help of an internationally recognized faculty. Its teaching fellows come from some of the best universities around the globe with the likes of Oxford, Stanford, Harvard and more.

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They as well offer selected entrepreneurs-in-training (EITs) the opportunity to be mentored by real-life Entrepreneurs, CEOs and other executives from all over the world. Some of its guest lecturers are executives of Uber, Facebook, Safaricom, Samsung, Interswitch, etc.

This year, MEST Africa says it is welcoming entrepreneurs living in Ghana and Nigeria mainly because of the way organizations operate around the world today due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, causing travel restrictions and moving many workplaces to adopt digital solutions.

Who qualifies to to be accepted into the MEST Africa Training Program?

  • A degree from a top university or Technical College or equivalent experience with at least two (2) years corporate and startup experience (preferred)
  • Deep skills in either communications, business or software development (from the onset or acquired during the Pre-Learning stage)
  • Young persons crazy about tech and entrepreneurship, and how to use technology to achieve business results
  • Should be ready to commit to a full residential program for a whole year
  • Disciplined, motivated self-starter who can work and deliver on assignments and projects – demonstrate this by completing the required Pre-Learning courses and MEST’s rigorous recruitment process
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and strong desire to start a company
  • Ability to communicate candidly and persuasively
  • Ability to work well in teams, proven academic or professional excellence
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Confident and independent thinking
  • Excellent people skills
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The MEST Africa Training Program commences on the 1st of September and ends on the 31 of August, 2022. All interested persons should find out more about the Curriculum Structure. You will complete their pre-learning courses, take an aptitude test and the Training Program Application form. This is a fully sponsored training for all qualified entrepreneurs.

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