African Startups: Apply to win up to $1 million in funding at the SpeedUp Africa 2017

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Applications are open for African startups to be a part of the SpeedUpAfrica 2017 Bootcamp holding from 5- 9 July, 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria.

The SpeedUp Africa 2017 is powered by Draper Dark Flow (DDF), a Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm, Google, ABAN and others. One hundred startups from the shores of Africa will get to participate in the 4-day Bootcamp that will include growth-hacking workshops, mentorship classes (from Silicon Valley big names like Google), a DEAL DAY (as opposed to DEMO DAY), where startups have one-on-one investment meetings.

Last year in Ghana, the event offered startups $1 million in funding with Nigerian startups; DropBuddies, NURLUX, and VeriCampus amongst those that raised funding rounds from investors. Also, prominent startups like (Nigeria), Printivo (Nigeria), Tress (Ghana), Commutax (SA) amongst others also featured in the 2016 cohort.

SpeedUpAfrica aims to give African startups the right platform to grow through working with folks from Google, Singularity University, 500 startups etc. According to Tim Drapper, founder of DDF, Africa has a unique opportunity to leapfrog.

Application for the Bootcamp is FREE. However, startups coming from outside Nigeria must pay for their air tickets while accommodation and feeding will be provided for FREE.

Criteria for Application:

Only startups with live product and some tractions or prototype will be considered.

Application window closes May 1, and selected startups will be contacted on the 5th of May.


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