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AfricaTech Awards 2024

 About VivaTech

About VivaTech


VivaTech accelerates innovation by connecting startups, tech leaders, major companies and investors responding to our world’s biggest challenges.

Each year, over four exciting days in Paris, VivaTech creates Europe’s biggest technology and startup event, exploring the most disruptive topics in tech with world-premiere demos, launches and conferences in a collaborative ecosystem. This is where business meets innovation.

The eighth edition of VivaTech will take place 22-25 May 2024.
  

About AfricaTech Awards



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    VivaTech, organizes the third edition of the AfricaTech Awards. This pan-African initiative, recognizes and supports startups striving to make a positive impact in thoses important areas : Climate Tech, Health Tech, E-commerce & FinTech.

    Tech startups provide vital solutions to major global challenges and help foster sustainable development. Despite increasing interest from investors, startups across the African continent often struggle to raise the capital necessary to scale their business. Through the AfricaTech Awards, VivaTech aims to create new opportunities for emerging startups in Africa. The program provides privileged moments for networking and mentoring with the leaders in tech, major investors, policymakers and institutions, promoting the brightest African innovators shaping the future.

    "If you missed the second edition of the AfricaTech Awards, check out the winners and watch the replay!

Our Challenges

  • Climate Tech Challenge


    Solutions that can reduce emissions, protect the environment, and help communities become more climate resilient.
      

  • E-commerce & FinTech Challenge


    Solutions that can contribute to economic development of African countries in the areas of e-commerce, and finance.
      
      

  • Health Tech Challenge


    Solutions that can expand access to healthcare among underserved communities, reduce the cost of services, and boost innovation in the healthcare sector.

Rewards

Take part in VivaTech

● Invitation to the event (flight, booth and passes)
● Take part in the official AfricaTech Awards ceremony
Take part in VivaTech

Benefit from maximum visibility

● Be showcased across a wide variety of media
● Be included in the VivaTech communication plan
Benefit from maximum visibility

Rewards for the winners in each categories

● Award from the sponsor of the category
● mentoring from jury members (TBD)
Rewards for the winners in each categories

Meet key players to scale your business

● Network with top corporate partners
● Pitch your startup to top VC funds
● Challenge your ideas with top other startups
Meet key players to scale your business

Selection Criteria


  • Impact


    Product/solution with proven results in addressing pressing issues affecting society and/or the environment

  • Innovation


    Relevance and innovation level of the tech solution compared to existing alternatives (Size, problem solved, technology used, protection of the innovation, etc.)

  • Scalability


    Market sizing and scalability potential of the startup, track record of scaling (target market addressed, geographic ambition on the continent, customers targeted, etc.)

  • Team profile


    Level of experience and size of the team (number of employees, level and diversity of expertise, entrepreneurship and/or academic background, etc.)

  • Business model


    Business model addressing a real need in the market. Quality and size of team (expertise, entrepreneurship background, academic background, number of employees, etc.)

Eligibility Criteria

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● Operating in Africa: majority of team based in Africa and/or serving African markets
● Having a solution or product addressing the African market
● Cannot have raised more than USD 50 million in capital
● Must address one of the following themes: Climate Tech, E-commerce, FinTech or Health Tech

Our Timeline

  • 1

    5 February

    Challenge
    opens

  • 2

    17 March

    Challenge
    closes

  • 3

    17 April

    Official announcement
    of the Top 45

  • 4

    7 May

    Official announcement
    of the Top 9

  • 5

    22-25 May

    VivaTech Paris & AfricaTech
    Awards Ceremony

Top 9 2024

Top 45 2024

Jury Members 2024

  • Mareme DiengLead Africa500 Global
  • Bienvenu MayamonuswaMarketing DirectorAirtel
  • Oswald JumiraCEO of Liquid C2Cassava Technologies
  • Maelis CarraroPartnerCatalyst Fund
  • Aymen MtimetPartnerDeloitte Africa
  • Edouard MendyInternational Football Player and Business AngelEM16 ventures
  • Samir AbdelkrimFounderEmerging Valley
  • Ming KwanVenture Partner and Head of Portfolio ManagementFirst Circle Capital
  • Hannah Subayi KamuangaGeneral PartnerLaunch Africa Ventures
  • Matthieu MarchandPrincipalPartech
  • Anil MaguruPartnerSatgana
  • Somachi Chris-AsolukaCEOTony Elumelu Foundation

AfricaTech Awards Special Guest


  • Renowned goalkeeper Édouard Mendy has dazzled on the international stage, winning the Champions League with Chelsea and leading the Senegalese national team to victory at the African Cup of Nations in 2021. That same year, he was named the world's best goalkeeper, winning the prestigious FIFA Best Goalkeeper award. In addition to his exploits on the pitch, Mendy has eloquently represented football and Africa at high-profile conferences such as Davos and the Bloomberg Summit. Outside football, he has also invested in startups (Julaya, PowerZ, ScorePlay, Revibe) alongside prestigious funds (Isai, Edu Capital, Financière saint James, BPI, Speed Invest...) demonstrating his commitment to innovation and development.

    Édouard Mendy is passionate about contributing to the development of the African continent, both on the sporting scene and in terms of business innovation.

Looking back at the 2023 edition

2023 Winners

Replay 2023

2024 Partners

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