Pan-African business support platform for startups Starta has announced it will give up to US$1,000 worth of support to early-stage startups and entrepreneurs through its first Starta Entrepreneur Competition.
Starta is a free business support platform for startup founders in Africa, providing a curated mix of practical business advice and how-to, software tools, networking and funding opportunities.
To launch the competition, which will offer support in legal, accounting, printing and web development services, the company has partnered with Lagos-based legal firm for entrepreneurs The Longe Practice, automated legal services platform DIYLaw.ng, digital creatives marketplace Codulab, Audeo Advisory Services, and next-generation print shop Printivo.
Starta Entrepreneur Competition aims to help entrepreneurs address challenges faced while setting up a business, including registering as a legal entity, how to design and get the business brand into the hands of customers, developing a web presence, and setting up finance, accounting and tax.
“At The Longe Practice, our entire business is built upon helping African entrepreneurs succeed,” said Odunola Longe, co-founder of The Longe Practice.
“We are fans of what Starta is doing for the African startups and are glad to partner with them in this competition.”
Prizes up for grabs include two hours of legal consultation at The Longe Practice worth US$500, discounts on company incorporation packages at DIYLaw.ng, a website landing page design and hosting for one year from Codulab, two months of free accounting and finance services by Audeo Advisory Services, and a discount voucher to spend on printing orders at Printivo.
Startups can enter the competition via the Starta website, or on social media. Confirming entry earns the startup one point, while taking other actions on the platform will earn more points. The competition is open now and will run until February 4.