[Press Release]: Global Startup Awards Arrives In Africa – Nominations Now Open

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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 Africa. 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 all 15 SADC countries: South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Seychelles and Lesotho. Anyone from anywhere in the world can nominate their Startup Superheroes from any of these participating countries.


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
Any many more: Jury & Advisors

During the Regional Grand Finale, taking place in Johannesburg this year on 31 October, all finalists will be welcomed at a closed, invite-only conference to mingle with our partners and other winners, not only startups but also founders and representatives of investment companies, acceleration/incubation programs, corporates and coworking offices. The international jury board will be also well represented.

“This Award is to recognise 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


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
For Immediate Release

Central and Eastern Europe – Poland, Chechia, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Slovenia,
Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria
South-East Asia – Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, 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.

This short video explains how the competition works: How it works

“The recognition as a winner in both the national and the regional round opens doors for
business opportunities” – Alberrt Alexander, CEO at Glueck Technologies (Malaysia) – Regional
winner of “Best Deep Tech/AI/Big Data Startup” category in 2016 at Asean Rice Bowl Startup

“Nordic Startup Awards is a great organization because they recognize startups and make them
visible. If they want to have success, they need this visibility; they need customers, investors
and everyone to have a reference to them. Nordic Startup Awards is really helping them with
that.” – Anette Nørgaard, NextGen AMM at Microsoft (Denmark) – sponsor of Nordic Startup

“It is great to be noticed and even better to be recognized – giving the team some satisfaction
for the hard work put in. This recognition helped us in a great way with validating our solution to
both partners and customers, we have heard from people they have noticed the award and
were curious about us. We were in the middle of closing our seed round when we received this
award so it was a nice boost when going through the investment process.” – Ingi Rafn
Sigurdsson, CEO at Karolina Fund (Iceland) – Regional winner of “Best Social Tech Startup”
category in 2016 at Nordic Startup Awards

“Winning the Central European Startups Awards provided a boost in my efforts to successfully
open Credo’s Silicon Valley office: it helped me to stand out from the crowd in the eyes of U.S.
investors and pay more attention to our startups” – Andrej Kiska, Partner at Credo Ventures
(Slovakia) – Regional winner of the “Investor of the Year” category in 2016 at Central European
Startup Awards.