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Call For Nominations: Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 Class Of 2021. APPLY NOW!

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Once more, Forbes Africa is on the look out for Africans under 30 leading the charge in building brands, creating jobs and transforming the continent. Nominations are invited to apply to the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 Class of 2021.

Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 is on the hunt for Africa’s 30 brightest achievers under the age of 30 in four (4) categories; Creative arts, Sports, Technology and Business.

The 30 finalists to be chosen will be celebrated for surviving the worst pandemic yet, COVID-19. Below is the eligibilty criteria for each categoery:


  • A sports person under age 30 before March 31, 2021
  • Must be in an African team
  • A proven track record of more than two years
  • Must be making substantial returns
  • Must have some endorsement deals
  • Entrepreneurship and social impact is an added advantage
  • All applications must be in English
  • You must be available and prepared to participate in the Under 30 Meet-Up

Creative Arts

  • A creative person under age 30 before March 31, 2021
  • Be based in Africa
  • You should be making significant earnings
  • A proven track record of more than two years
  • Do you have social influence?
  • Entrepreneurship and social impact is an added advantage
  • All applications must be in English
  • You must be available and prepared to participate in the Under 30 Meet-Up
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Business and Technology

  • An entrepreneur or founder under age 30 before March 31, 2021
  • Your business must be legitimately registered in Africa
  • Your company should be two years and older
  • You must have invested your own money and have social impact
  • Must be profit generating
  • Are you employing people in Africa?
  • All applications must be in English
  • You must be available and prepared to participate in the Under 30 Meet-Up
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Image credit: Theo Baloy -, Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 – 2019

The judging process

  1. The first stage will be the evaluation of your motivation. If you do not hear back from the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 team (within a specific period), please deem your nomination as unsuccessful.
  2. The second stage will require potential candidates to submit more documentation for the next stage of assessment.
  3. The third stage will include an analysis of your financials, revenue model and credibility as in-depth research will be conducted into who you are and your company/team (no criminal records, troubling lawsuits/bankruptcies, allegations of crime, bad behavior, sexual harassment/abuse or fraud).
  4. The final stage will have an expert panel of judges assess the strong candidates, whittling them down to the final 30. The editorial and research team makes the final selection based on judges’ scoring/remarks and adjusts for diversity across company type, gender, background, etc
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If you believe you have what it take to be on Forbes Africa 30 under 30 List for 2021 or any one who fits this description, don’t hesitate to nominate yourself or these entrepreneurs, creatives, techpreneurs or sports stars. Click here to Nominate/Apply

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The Africa Startup Initiative Program In Search of 10 Startups Disrupting the Tech Space. Get €15K in Cash

Africa Startup Initiative Program

The Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) by Startupbootcamp AfriTech is looking for the nextgen of startups disrupting industry sectors including FinTech, InsureTech, AgriTech, eCommerce, Digital Health, and CleanTech.

This programme is ideal for startups with a mobile tech focus. It is currently backed by anchor partner Telecel Group and additional corporate partners are lining up to engage with startups through pilots and Proof of Concepts projects that can open the doors for longer term commercial agreements.

According to Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP), it intends scouting within the next month and the corporate Founding Partners will help determine the key focus areas of the startup applicants.

Corporate Partners are also invited to join the selection committee which determines the final 10 startups that participate in the 3 month ASIP Accelerator Program. This is a unique opportunity to bring startup innovation into your organization, and SBC AfriTech will help facilitate successful pilot projects with your organization.

Africa Startup Initiative Program

Since 2017, the programme has accelerated 29 African startups that have set an incredibly high standard for the next program, where 90% are still operating and scaling at impressive rates, 40% have raised follow-on rounds of funding and 50% of the startups raising capital have closed rounds at valuations more than 10 times since Demo Day.

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This is a 3 month intensive program designed to support entrepreneurs scale their industry-changing technology businesses.

Applications will soon open and the 10 startups in the program will receive benefits valued at more than €500,000, including credits from AWS, Google Cloud Services, and many more. SBC also invests €15,000 in cash.

Other benefits in the Africa Startup Initiative Program include;

Investor Access – Where you meet the most active VCs and Angel investors in your industry from around the world

Masterclasses – Expert-led sessions covering all scaling fundamentals – from business model canvas, lean methodology to fundraising

Living Expenses – €15,000 in cash per team to cover living expenses during the program. Find out more on the benefits.

Applications to the Africa Startup Initiative Programme will open on 15th March and close on the 25th April. Demo Day is 23rd of September, 2021. NOTE: StartupBootcamp takes 8% equity in the companies. Find out more.

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