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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?

  • 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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9 Startups Accepted into the First Next Health Accelerator with $15K Seed Funding

Next Health Accelerator
image courtesy: Valorigo

Intrepid Entrepreneurs, a non-profit designed to catalyze the power and promise of young people and women to fundamentally advance their societies, recruited nine startups for the inaugural cohort of the Next Health Accelerator.

Female, African entrepreneurs with a minimum viable product (MVP) from 26 countries applied to the program. After a rigorous review process, nine startups from seven countries were selected to begin the program in March 2021. The investor readiness accelerator is six months long and includes $15,000 seed funding, international mentors and partners, business support services, and value chain access.

The Next Health Accelerator’s focus on sexual and reproductive health is founded on the premise that unmet needs for sexual education, menstrual hygiene management, family planning, medication abortion, and STI diagnosis and treatment will be most sustainably delivered by local African enterprises.

Sexual and Reproductive Health issues directly affect 300 million women and girls on the continent and the productivity of the entire continent. For the continent to prosper and support its burgeoning youth population, it must harness the demographic dividend with access to equitable healthcare and economic opportunities. Next Health Accelerator addresses both.

Next Health Accelerator

The 2021 cohort includes:

  • Rocket Health: Provides telemedicine and pharmacy services for SRH needs including convenient lab test retrieval and medication delivery in Uganda
  • Verifie: Delivers STI self-tests and treatment products via doorstep delivery in Ghana
  • Pharmaserve: Specializes in delivering high-quality pharmaceuticals in Nigeria through a fully integrated inventory monitoring system
  • Girls Pride: Provides menstrual hygiene management education and skills training to create reusable pads in The Gambia
  • Pad-Up Creations: Employs over 100 people in Nigeria to produce single-use, chemical-free pads sold in 16 countries
  • Valorigo: Manufacturers single-use sanitary eco-friendly pads made from locally grown bamboo in the Congo
  • The Grace Cup: Delivers SRH education and reusable menstrual cups in Kenya
  • Kosmotive: Provides SRH information and access to SRH self-care products in Rwanda
  • Massira: Delivers SRH information interactively as well as access to SRH services and products through an online community in Ghana 
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Lindsey Simmonds, the Co-founder of Intrepid Entrepreneurs in a press statement said,

“After 15 years in philanthropy, I believe now more than ever that it is women who will solve women’s health challenges and it is Africans who will solve Africa’s development challenges.”

She continued that, development policies made in Washington, D.C. or London need to make room for the power and promise of the youth and women on the African continent. And on this premises, their Next Health Accelerator catalyzes African startups to investor readiness to make scalable, sustainable impact imbued with the commitment and determination that only comes from homegrown ideas.

Visit the to learn more about the Next Health Accelerator 2021.

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