Applications open for 2nd edition of Egypt’s African App Launchpad competition

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Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) has launched the second edition of its African App Launchpad competition, which will award a total of US$72,000 to startups from across the continent.

ITIDA first held the African App Launchpad competition last year, with six startups eventually sharing a total of US$60,000 in cash prizes.

This year, the competition has been extended, and it is now open to startups from 21 African countries, and will award US$72,000 in prize money. Startups are invited to apply in one of two categories – Game Development or App Development.

The first three winners of each track will secure US$12,000, US$8,000, and US$4,000 respectively, while 24 other finalists will each get US$1,000. Meanwhile, Microsoft is sponsoring a go-to-market programme for the first place winners of each track.

Applications are open until November 22, with the finalist list being announced on November 30.

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