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African Startups Can Now Apply For Go Global Africa 2020

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Go Global Africa

Go Global Africa is inviting applications from some of the most innovative African startups working in FinTech, AgriTech, HealthTech and Clean Energy from across Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

Go Global Africa aims to give the entrepreneurs from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa who have developed products that are ready to go to the market and raised investment tools they need to grow their business globally, build links with the UK’s thriving digital sector and pave the way for future economic partnerships.

The 15 most promising startups, as determined by in-country pitch events, will come to the UK in March 2020.

Here, they will benefit from a 5-day training programme designed to improve business skills and capability, build links with the UK’s thriving tech sector, and work with UK expertise to grow their business.

The successful African startups will be expected to act as Go Global champions and share the skills they have learned with other firms across the continent. This will help spread digital skills, digital capability and increase entrepreneurial spirit, creating jobs and prosperity.

Go Global Africa is part of the UK Government’s Prosperity Fund Digital Access Programme led by the Department for International Development and is delivered in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to help boost digital.


Applications are open to tech startups from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa who meet all of the following criteria:

1.) Work in one of the following four verticals: AgriTech, FinTech, HealthTech or Clean Energy
2.) Post-MVP stage, fully operating in the market
3.) Can demonstrate a clear business model with evidence of customer traction
4.) Looking to raise their first round of funding
5.) Can demonstrate clear social impact potential
6.) Can demonstrate commitment to strengthening the local ecosystem by passing on learnings to other startups
7. )Ambition to expand internationally in the future

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Shortlisted participants notified by 7 February

Pitch finals:
(South Africa) 25 February
(Nigeria) 26 February
(Kenya) 28 February

In-country masterclass series:

(South Africa) 4-6 March
(Nigeria) 10-12 March
(Kenya) 17-19 March
UK programme 23-27 March

Apply now

The International Tech Hub Network welcomes applications from founders based in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa who are using technology to tackle local issues

Fifteen founders from each country will be selected to join the delegation to the UK in March 2020.

The deadline for entries is 5 pm on 3rd February (GMT). Applications for Go Global Africa 2020 are now live – apply now.

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