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Bpifrance is looking for African startups that want to expand to France and Europe. Those startups are looking to raise funds, between €1 and €3 million, to finance that expansion.


The requirements are to have either small ongoing operations in France and/or Europe, or to have some tangible actions done to prepare this expansion (partnerships secured, letters of intent from customers...). 


There is no specific focus on any verticals, as long as you have a scalable business, backed by a strong team.

Submission Requirements


Startups must be based or mainly operating in Africa.


Less than 8 years of existence

Seed /// Series A /// Series B


(Required) Pitch deck: 12 slides max (pdf, ppt) - max 50mo

Last day of submission: 8th of September 2020

Submit to Win

Prizes & rewards


For the three finalists

Meet angels investors, VCs, CVCs and institutional investors that actively invest in Africa

Meet the corporate executives that make the decisions in the corporations you are chasing.

Meet brilliant fellow African entrepreneurs


For the three finalists

Pitch in front of an international crowd composed of investors, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and other innovation enablers


Among the three finalists, after a final pitch session on stage, the judging panel will select one winner.

The challenge winner will get different benefits including:

1. BPI will offer their support to get in touch with investors in France, Europe and Africa through warm introductions

2. Flights/accommodations offered to attend the 2021 VivaTech edition (may have the opportunity to pitch on stage)