Global Startup Awards Africa 2024 is OPEN

Calling all African innovators, startups, and ecosystem enablers dedicated to solving critical global challenges. The Global Startup Awards Africa (GSA Africa)  2024, Edition 11, is now open for entries, with Ethiopia announced as the host for the African  Finale in October 2024, the stage is set for a transformative journey towards unlocking  Africa’s true potential and shaping a future for generations to come. 

Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 2024 categories include GreenTech, HealthTech, Mobility and Logistics, AgriTech, FinTech, and Women in  Tech. Notably, this year sees the introduction of the Youth Startup category, with Africa being the youngest continent globally, boasting 60% of its population under 25 years old, we’re proud to introduce a dedicated focus on startups led by visionary founders under the age of  26 years.  

Each category has general and specific criteria that must be met for applicants to advance through the competition framework. We encourage applicants to review the category  requirements

The competition unfolds in four pivotal phases and winners will embark on a journey through national and regional levels before converging at the GSA Africa Summit in Addis Ababa,  enjoying a week-long festival and awards dinner. The summit offers a unique platform for innovators to connect, celebrate, and propel Africa’s most innovative minds forward along with ambassadors, international investors, corporate leaders, and key government stakeholders. 

Moreover, winners gain exclusive access to the GSA Alumni Network, offering invaluable networking opportunities, mentorship, and connections with regional and global stakeholders. 

“GSA Africa is more than a competition; it champions the spirit of African entrepreneurship  providing global visibility and potential investment opportunities through the GIIG Africa  Fund”, commented Jo Griffiths, co-founder of GIIG, “Last year’s remarkable participation of  8200+ entries from all 54 AU member states was a remarkable achievement and we look  forward to seeing what 2024 holds.”

Kim Balle, co-founder of GSA Global, emphasized, “In addition to investment, networking,  and mentorship opportunities, startup winners will be invited to the Global Grand Finale,  engaging with potential partners from global innovation ecosystems.” 

GSA Africa 2024 is made possible through a strategic partnership between The Global  Innovation Initiative Group (GIIG), the Ministry of Labor and Skills FDRE, the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MInT), and the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI)

Applications for the 2024 GSA Africa are now open and close on 05 May, with only finalized applications eligible to progress to the next round. Get a glimpse of what you can expect  from GSA Africa 2024 by viewing our video clip of the GSA Africa 2023 Summit & Awards  Ceremony. 

Representing 23 African countries, the 16 GSA 2023 African winners, will this year participate in the global round. Here, they will compete on an international stage at the Global Startup  Awards, gaining further recognition and support. 

For more information and to apply, visit The GIIG Africa fund is open to qualified investors, for information contact 

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