African startups invited to apply for World Cup Tech Challenge

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African startups are invited to apply for the World Cup Tech Challenge, a global competition that will see 24 startups selected to compete for the World Championship title in Silicon Valley.

This will be the third installment of the World Cup Tech Challenge since its launch in 2014, with this year’s edition to take place at the Microsoft Campus in Silicon Valley.

The aim of the challenge is to uncover the next generation of emerging technology companies from around the world. Startups accepted into the World Cup Tech Challenge will be in a pre-global stage, meaning they have launched their products in their respective local markets and are now ready for a global launch.

“We welcome startups from all over the world that are interested in presenting their products and representing their country at the third annual World Cup Tech Challenge,” the organisers said.

Interested startups must visit the application page, fill out all the boxes, and upload an executive summary of no more than two pages together with a two-minute video-pitch.

The 24 startups will be selected through a qualification process by 35 judges, with four startups selected in each of six categories: digital media – mobile, healthtech, next-gen technology, edtech, enterprise software, fintech. A country can only be represented once in each group.

The deadline for submissions is April 15, with the 24 qualified startups to be announced no later than May 1.

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