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This year, AfricArena will organize 4 hybrid events across 4 regions in Africa, in building up to the annual AfricArena Summit in Cape Town. The regional events will bring together startups, investors and corporations and other key stakeholders operating in the Region. 20+ startups from the Region will be selected to showcase their innovation at each regional event. The day before the Regional Summit, the founders will participate in a full-day boot camp for pitching skills and business development. These Regional Summits will act as a semi-final pitch session before our Grand Summit in Cape Town in November 2021. 

The East Africa Summit will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 5th - 6th of October 2021. 


Building up to the East Africa Summit, AfricArena will invite the region's most promising tech startups to pitch their innovation in a series of virtual events, divided by stage: Seed, Series A and Growth. 

  • The Seed Stage pitch session will take place on Tuesday 21 September (APPLICATION DEADLINE is 20 September )
  • The Series A/Growth Stage pitch session will take place on Wednesday 22 September  (APPLICATION DEADLINE is 21 September )


AfricArena's mission is to provide a platform for Africa's most promising tech startups to meet investors and corporations.

Submission Requirements


For this challenge we will consider:

Startups based and/or operating in East Africa


Existing product/service (Minimal Viable Product), market traction and customer validation.


Required to apply

Pitch deck: 10 slides max (ppt, pdf) - MAX 50 Megabytes


Submit to Win

Prizes & rewards


For the selected startups

Meet key actors of the East Africa startup ecosystem - VCs, angels, corporates, and other founders


For the selected startups

Participate in the full-day Founders Bootcamp

Pitch at AfricArena East Africa Summit in Nairobi, Kenya

Win AWS credits to use towards your buiness

Awards at the East Africa Summit include:

(1) Best Seed

(2) Best Series A

(3) Best Growth stage

(4) Most Innovative Business Model

(5) Most Promising Entrepreneur


For the selected startups

Participate and pitch at the East Africa Summit, and stand a chance of advancing to pitch at the grand stage of the AfricArena Summit.