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Challenge sponsored by the French Embassy in South Africa for AfricArena 2019 :
Startups from the French Tech Ecosystem in France, focused on scaling up with clear market fit and development strategy in the African market, and operating in the AI, Robotics or Augmented or Virtual Reality domains  


 Criteria : company has to be incorporated in France at the time of application, maturity : post revenue,  Pre Series A to Series B.


The goal of this challenge is to identify startups from the French Tech ecosystem with an interest to scale up on the African continent and provide their product and services to the African market. The finalist will be able - by attending the AfricArena Summit and associated Startup Bootcamp program and Learning expeditions - to meet potential clients, partners and investors and discover the potential of the local market and ecosystems.

Submission Requirements


For this challenge we will consider only:

Start-ups that are incorporated and operating in France. 


Post revenue,  Pre Series A to Series B

Less than 5 years in business


Required format:

1. Short video with 2 topics: Startup presentation / How do you solve the problem? (mpg, mpeg, mp4, mov) MAX 50 Megabyte – You can also share us a “Wetransfer” link or a Youtube video

2. Deck pitch: 8 slides max (ppt, pdf) - MAX 50 Megabytes

Last day of submission: 25th September 2019 – 12 midnight (GMT +2)

20 start-ups will be shortlisted from the applications – of which 3 will be selected as winners.

Submit to Win

Prizes & rewards


*For the 3 selected winning startups*

Meet and greet with the "who's who" of the French and African tech scene, at the AfricArena Summit this year.  A great opportunity for exposure to international investors, VCs, angels, corporates, and other high rise startups from across the continent.


*For the 3 selected winning startups*

1. Return flights and accomodation in Cape Town - to showcase at the AfricArena Summit 2019!

2. Tap into the network of AfricArena and the French Embassy in SA - get connected with key palyers of the tech ecosystem in Africa


*For the 3 selected winning startups*

1. Showcase at the grand stage for Africa's tech future - the AfricArena Summit 2019! Taking place 11-12 November 2019. Location: Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town.

2. Showcase your innovative solution in front of international investors, VCs and corporates, who are looking for wolrd-class talent to partner with.