The world renowned Global Startup Awards, the largest independent startup-ecosystem competition, already covering 45 countries in 5 regions of Europe and Asia has arrived in Zambia.
The mission of Global Startup Awards is to find, connect, support, and celebrate key players in national and regional startup ecosystems worldwide and to fuse them together in a global entrepreneurial network, creating a matrix of opportunities for international partnerships, investment opportunities and commercial exchange. Southern Africa Startup Awards invites nominations from Zambian nationals to participate with all 14 SADC countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Namibia, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Seychelles, Lesotho and Zambia. Anyone from anywhere in the world can nominate their Startup Superheroes from any of these participating countries.
The Zambian Startup Awards take place this year on 9th August in Lusaka, while the Regional Grand Finale shall take place in Johannesburg on 31st October 2018 and eventually the Global Startup Award in December in China. The nationals are being organized by Jacaranda Hub Zambia, an organization that supports young people to have the right facilities, knowledge, mentor-ship and other key resources to play a key role in improving people’s lives, businesses and public services which result in socio-economic impact and commercial growth-driven by young people across Zambia.
Jacaranda Hub Zambia is being supported by Startup Junction – A Zambian Start-up Community that brings young professionals and entrepreneurs together to network and learn. The national finalists will be welcomed to a closed, invite-only tribute event to mingle with our partners and other winners, not only startups but also founders and representatives of Government,developmental agencies, members of the diplomatic community, investment companies, acceleration/incubation programs, ecosystem developers, corporate companies and co-working offices. The international jury board will also be represented.
HOW IT WORKS
Global Startup Awards is a continuously growing network of regions, running in Europe, Asia and Africa and new regions coming next year from other continents. The already existing regions include, Nordic countries in Europe: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland Central and Eastern Europe: Poland, Chechia, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria, South-East Asia: Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, SAARC region: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and of course, as of 2018, SOUTHERN AFRICA!
This opportunity offers the best value to startups and other ecosystem players with global visions and a clear understanding of the steps they need to take to succeed. Southern Africa Startup Awards does not offer financial rewards, but a bridge that connects startups to the global network, with a good international media attention and valuable package of services and exclusive conference tickets. It’s also worth mentioning that Global Startup Awards and its regions under no circumstances sell private or business data or charge nominees or winners at any time.
GET RECOGNIZED BY GLOBAL INFLUENCERS
Global Startup Awards has invited prestigious jury members from all over the world, including popular investors from Silicon Valley and prominent startup ecosystem players from inside and outside the region. Some of them include:
Lee Naik, CEO of Transunion Africa – Johannesburg Area, South Africa
Jeff Burton, founding member of Electronic Arts – San Francisco, California, USA
Tanya Soman, Venture Partner at 500 Startups – San Francisco, California, USA
Mixo Fortune Ngoveni Founder & CEO of Geekulcha, Pretoria, South Africa
Omoju Miller, Senior Data Scientist, Machine Learning at GitHub – San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
Hussein Kanji, Partner at Hoxon Ventures – London, United Kingdom
“This Award is to recognize our tech superheroes that have shaped our continent starting with Southern Africa- with their innovations and technology. People always consider Africa as the last part of the world, whereas we have so much here that we can compete with at a global level when it comes to technology and innovation” – Mckevin Ayaba, CEO of Southern Africa Startup Awards.
TO NOMINATE FOLLOW ANY OF THE FOLLOWING LINKS: