African App Launchpad winners share $72k prize money

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Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) has announced the winners of the second edition of its African App Launchpad competition, awarding 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.

Disrupt Africa reported last month that the second edition of the competition had been extended to startups from 21 African countries, awarding US$72,000 in prize money. Startups were invited to apply in one of two categories – Game Development or App Development.

The winners have now been announced, with Egypt’s FitBot winning the gaming track and Nigeria’s Healthbotics coming out on top of the app track. Each secured US$12,000, while Microsoft is sponsoring a go-to-market programme for each.

Various second and third placed startups banked US$8,000 and US$4,000 respectively. The rest of the finalists each got US$1,000.

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