African startups head to Ghana for maiden Africa StartUp Cup


The maiden edition of the Africa StartUp Cup will take place in Ghana on April 28-30, bringing together winners of local competitions to pitch for the chance to compete at the World StartUp Cup in Silicon Valley.

Winners from the 18 local StartUp Cups around Africa are eligible to travel to Ghana to present their business models to an international panel of judges comprised of local StartUp Cups throughout Africa.

Three overall winners will go on to compete in the World StartUp Cup in Silicon Valley for investment, mentoring and coaching packages.

“The Africa StartUp Cup is an extraordinary event designed to showcase and celebrate entrepreneurs from every conceivable industry, and in the process shine a global light on the power of Africa entrepreneurs and startups to improve lives,” said Sean Griffin, chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of StartUp Cup.

“Ghana was one of the first StartUp Cups ever to be held outside the United States, and it is especially fitting that they are now hosting the first annual Africa StartUp Cup.”

The three-day programme will consist of the StartUp Cup Summit on Africa’s growth and economic progress, pitches, mentorship, as well as coaching and training for delegates of the programme.

“We are extremely proud to have been selected to host the first Africa StartUp Cup”, said Emmanuel Nyame, director for Ghana StartUp Cup.

“It is inspiring to see the growing impact of StartUp Cup on Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, including the ongoing support from community partners to feature entrepreneurship as a powerful path to sustained economic growth.”


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