The DEMO Africa 2016 Innovation Tours, which have already taken in Kenya, Ghana and Uganda, hit Lagos, Nigeria, yesterday, seeking startups to take place in the pan-African pitching event in South Africa in August.
Last year’s edition of the event – organised by LIONS@FRICA – saw 30 startups pitch their businesses in front of an audience of investors, with five selected to pitch at the prestigious DEMO Fall event in Silicon Valley.
As a precursor to the main event, the DEMO Africa Innovation Tours began earlier this month, with events hosted in Nairobi, Kampala and Accra, with further events set to take place in Ivory Coast, Egypt, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
The goal of the Innovation Tours is to bring together startups, innovators and tech industry players to look at ways in which African innovations can be turned into business ventures, with startups at the events pitching to a panel of highly placed individuals in the tech sector.
Startups can apply here to pitch at the main event in Johannesburg in August, with a panel of judges comprising of key players in the ICT sector to settle on the best 30 startups to launch at the main DEMO Africa forum.