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We are looking for the best disruptive startups of Johannesburg to represent South Africa at the AfricArena Summit in Cape Town. The conference will take place on November 24th and 25th.

The selected startups will be flown and accommodated in Cape Town, take part in a series of workshops and showcase at the grand stage of the AfricArena Summit.

 Do you already have a market/customer validation and wish to benefit from international exposure? Come and apply!

PITCH EVENT: 28th of October, 3:30 pm SAST at Founders Factory
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 22nd of October, 5 pm SAST


This is a cross-sector challenge: all industries/markets are welcome.

We are looking for startups meeting the requirements below:

1. Existing product/service/technology

2. Market & customer validation

3. Growth & traction                 

If you are at an earlier stage, stayed tuned for upcoming challenges as the maturity requirements will vary. 


pre-selection pitching session will take place on the 28th of October at 3:30 pm at Founders Factory, as part of the AfricArena 2020 Tour. The event, as per all other AfricArena Tour events, will feature a panel discussion with key players of the local ecosystem, followed by presentations from the fastest growing local tech startups.

Submission Requirements


Startups based and/or operating in Johannesburg and its surroundings.


Existing product/service, post-revenue, market/customer validation


To apply:

(Required) Pitch deck: 10 slides max (ppt, pdf) - MAX 50 Megabytes
(Optional) Video of your solution

DEADLINE: 22nd of October 2020 5 pm 

Submit to Win

Prizes & rewards


For the selected startup

Meet key stakeholders of the African startup ecosystem during our Summit and its side events (VC night, Innovation night)

Meet angel investors, VCs and CVCs during our VC night. Event limited to investors and entrepreneurs.

Connect with all the attendees of our Summit during our Innovation night party.


For the selected startup

Pitch at the AfricArena Summit in Cape Town

Pitch in front of an international crowd of angel investors, VCs, executive corporates and other stakeholders from the tech space

Pitch in front of esteemed judges

Get your pitch live-streamed on Euroquity


For the selected startup

Return ticket & Accommodation to Cape Town

Up to $10,000 AWS Credit + $5,000 Business Support

Pitch on AfricArena main stage

Access to the Startup Bootcamp 

VIP entrances for your team (Summit, startup bootcamp, VC night, Innovation Party & others)