DEMO Africa 2016 to Hold in Johannesburg, South Africa

DEMO Africa will be held on the 22nd through 26th of August 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event will be hosted in collaboration with the city of Johannesburg, the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) and LIONS@FRICA.

The five-day event will commence with the DEMO Africa boot camp on the 22nd and 23rd of August, followed by the Lions Summit and ABAN Investor Summit to be held on the 24th of August. The main forums will take place on the 25th and 26th of August.

DEMO Africa has compiled a guest list featuring eager entrepreneurs with ready to launch start-ups.The top thirty start-ups will be selected based on their ability to link creativity, innovation and effectiveness.

Johannesburg’s member of the Mayoral Committee Department of Economics, Ruby Mathang said: “We are excited to host DEMO Africa 2016 in South Africa. This presents a great opportunity to cross-fertilize ideas across African start-ups, as well as showcase our talents and skills in the innovation ecosystem. The teams will receive coaching and mentorship to fine-tune their products and business models before we present them to the world. They also stand to benefit from PR support and the promotion of the launch video after the convention.”

Last year, more than 600 start-ups applied to launch at DEMO Africa but a mere 30 out of these were selected to showcase at the DEMO Africa platform in Lagos, Nigeria. Several of the start-ups are already engaging with investors while others are in the final stages of closing their initial round of funding.

This year’s entry categories will include health, education, agriculture, commerce, leisure and hospitality, logistics, renewable energy, manufacturing, and banking and financial services.

The DEMO Africa 2016 outreach program will include the DEMO innovation tours and will take place between April and May 2016.

This post first appeared HERE

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