International innovative competition for startups!

About Startup of the Year Africa 2018

Startup of the Year Award is an international innovative competition created by Bonjour idée with the support of 70 partners (major business groups, incubators, chambers of commerce, media, competitiveness clusters, influential blogs)

While shedding light on disruptive startups, this contest is meant to add value to the partners’ actions at the heart of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of innovation and startups, and put them in contact with innovative startups.

Sponsors

2018 Key figures

200+

media coverages in 44 countries

42MIllion+

people reached on social media

600+

applications. Half in English
half in french

2 900+

Live awarding ceremony attendees - 200 in casablanca

12 000

public votes

7

awardees from 6 different countries

27

awarding ceremony speakers

51

countries covered

#STARTUPAFRO 2018 AWARD WINNERS

TOP 5 - PUBLIC VOTES

January 2018 AWARDS CEREMONY SPEAKERS

Younes Addou

OCP Africa
Vice president Finance

Amine Homman Ludiye

ENGIE Afrique du Nord
Regional Director

Joëlle Durieux

FINANCE INNOVATION
Executive Director

Kossi Adzo

Startup.info
Founder

Eric Léandri

QWANT
Chairman

Noël Albertus

PwC Maghreb and Francophone Africa
Partner, Advisory Leader

Léonard Cox

QWANT
Vice President Public Affairs and CSR

Fabien Lawson

LABS-NS AVOCATS
Lawyer at Paris Bar, PHD

Kosi Vuti

MIDRANGE Consulting
Executive Director

Cécile Saint Jean

Pwc France
Director

Elie Nkamgueu

Club Efficience
Chairman

Mohamed Ezzouak 

Yabiladi
Founder

Farid Arab

FootFans
Founder

Kokou Adzo

Startup.info
Co-founder

Joseph Kaizzi

Thinvoid
Founder

Yazid Chir

BE BOUND
Co-founder

Ahmed Mehdi Omarouayache

Algeria Digital Cluster
Chaiman

Youssef Chraibi

OUTSOURCIA
Founder

Mohamed Laraqui

Holmarcom Group
Project Manager

Sanaa Tazi

Royal Air Maroc
Head of Digital & Data Management

Abdelmalek Alaoui

La Tribune Afrique
CEO

Lamine Talakela

Consulting TIME
Founder

Ilham Saidi

Association GUIS
Founder

Christian Cokson

Cool Tech Festival
Founder

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Application Conditions

  • Company must be officially registered
  • Based in Africa tobe named « African Startup of Year »
  • No geographical restriction for other awards
  • Company created after january 1st 2010
  • Your product or service must be innovative
  • You should have a running MVP or prototype

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Calendar

2 October - 17 December 2017

Online application

4 December – 29 December

Online voting

24 January 2018 (Casablanca)

Finalists pitches

25 January 2018 (Casablanca)

Awards Ceremony

Jury members

Selma Bennis

OCP Entrepreneurship Network
Head of Partnership and Finance

Eric Léandri

QWANT
Chairman

Stéphane Quéré 

ENGIE
Director

Joëlle Durieux

FINANCE INNOVATION
Executive Director

Kossi Adzo

Startup.info
Founder

Bernard Gainnier

PwC France and Francophone Africa
Chairman

Fortuné Ahoulouma

LABS-NS AVOCATS
Lawyer at Paris Bar, PHD

Noël Albertus

PwC Advisory Maghreb and Francophone Africa
Executive Director

Kosi Vuti

MIDRANGE Consulting
Executive Director

Bruno Pennel

Bernis Investissement
CIO & CDO

Cécile Saint Jean

Pwc France
Director

Mehdi Essahel

Growth-Experts
CEO

Zouhair Mouhib

Royal Air Maroc
Innovation & Digital Partnerships Manager

Cyril Armange

FINANCE INNOVATION
Director of Partnerships

Mohamed Laraqui

Holmarcom Group
Project Manager

Prizes and Awards

2 Jury awards

MAIN PRIZE: AFRICAN STARTUP OF THE YEAR

Named by Jury after Casablanca Pitches (see calendar)

  • 10,000€ in Cash
  • 10,000€ Visibility Pack (Startup.info website background with 100,000+ views, mention in press campain, banner in emailing)
  • Integration into our partners’ business network

JURY’S CHOICE AWARD - HANDED OVER BY PWC

Named by Jury after Casablanca Pitches (see calendar)

  • Visibility Pack With 50,000 views
  • Integration into our partners’ business network

4 partner awards

OCP - AGRITECH STARTUP OF THE YEAR

Rewards an Africa based startup bringing innovation to farms and farmers

  • 10000€ Visibility Pack offered by Startup.info
  • Visibility in OCP internal network
  • Integration into entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem of OCP Entrepreneurship Network

ENGIE - ENERGY STARTUP OF THE YEAR

Rewards an Africa based startup bringing innovation to energy

  • 10,000€ Visibility Pack offered by Startup.info
  • Visibility in ENGIE internal network
  • Integration into entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem of ENGIE

FINANCE INNOVATION - FINTECH DESTINATION AFRICA AWARD

Rewards an innovative international Fintech established or willing to establish presence in Africa

  • 10,000€ Visibility Pack offered by Startup.info
  • A year membership of FINANCE INNOVATION international cluster
  • Integration into FINANCE INNOVATION Business Network

AFRICA DIASPORA STARTUP OF THE YEAR

Rewards a startup founded by African Diaspora member

  • 10,000€ Visibility Pack offered by Startup.info
  • Integration into our partners’ business network

5 public choice awards

QWANT PUBLIC CHOICE AWARD (N°1 OF PUBLIC VOTING TOP 100)

  • 2,000€ in cash offered by Qwant
  • 10000€ Visibility Pack offered by Startup.info
  • Branding of Qwant’s homepage

N°2 TO 5 OF PUBLIC VOTING TOP 100

  • Visibility Pack With 20,000 views
  • Integration into our partners’ business network

1 Community Manager Award

COMMUNITY MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Rewards the community manager that best animated their startup's social media presence  during the competition and voting period through innovative visuals & techniques to drive voters

  • A new iPad for the community manager
  • Visibility Pack With 20,000 views for their startup
  • Startup is integrated into our partners’ business network

International innovative competition for startups!

Media partners

About our partners

OCP is proud to play an important role in feeding a growing global population, by providing essential elements for soil fertility and plants growth.

With almost a century of experience, OCP Group is a leader in the phosphate rock and derivate markets. OCP provides a wide range of well-adapted fertilizer products to enhance soil, increase agricultural yields, and help feeding the planet in a sustainable and affordable way.

Headquartered in Morocco, OCP works in a close partnership with more than 160 customers over 5 continents.

For more information visitwww.ocpgroup.ma

For over 50 years, ENGIE has been active in many African countries through its energy engineering business, its natural gas purchase agreements with Algeria, Egypt and Nigeria and more recently as an independent power producer in South Africa and Morocco with a total capacity of 3,000 MW either in operation or under construction. By 2025, ENGIE aims to become a reference partner in about ten African countries for power plants, energy services to businesses and decentralized solutions for off-grid customers : communities, companies and  households. For more information, www.engie-africa.com/en/

The Group ENGIE is active in some 70 countries, employs 150,000 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €66.6 billion in 2016. ENGIE is committed to taking on the major challenges of the energy revolution, toward a world more decarbonized, decentralized and digitalized. The Group aims to become the leader of this new energy world by focusing on three key activities for the future: low carbon generation, in particular from natural gas and renewable energy; energy infrastructure; and efficient solutions adapted to all its customers.

QWANT is the European search engine that respects the privacy of its users. It enables web users to quickly access information and find the content they wish (web pages, news, videos, photos, products, music…) in a pleasant and intuitive user interface, without collecting any personal data when they search. Thus, Qwant guarantees to the user the right to search without being tracked. It delivers non-biased results, not modified according to a commercial profile. With Qwant Junior, it offers a secure and educational search engine for kids.

Based in France, with subsidiaries in Germany and Italy, Qwant was launched in 2013 by individual entrepreneurs who own the majority of the capital and manage the company. The search engine is also supported by strategic stakeholders, Axel Springer and the Groupe Caisse des Dépôts, as well as by the European Investment Bank.

For more information visit : qwant.com

Founded in 2007 with the support of public authorities, FINANCE INNOVATION aims to accelerate the French position in the global financial services sector by directly supporting the next era technology led financial services innovators from start-ups to institutions.

FINANCE INNOVATION is the unique cluster for innovation in the French financial sector, has directed concrete actions to accelerate the creation and development of innovative projects devoted to economic, societal and environmental challenges in the service of growth and employment.

With over 500 members (our members are primarily innovative SMEs, bank and insurance corporation but also major universities, research labs, public authorities), through its programmes and events, ongoing policy and research and promotion FINANCE INNOVATION seeks to address the key barriers and opportunities in the financial ecosystem :

  • Champion France as the principal European hub for FinTech
  • Advocate for a democratic and inclusive financial services industry
  • Support SMEs of the territory in their search for capital and funding
  • Attracting greater investment
  • Promoting Innovation in financial services

For more information visithttps://finance-innovation.org/

 

PwC is developing its advisory, audit and accounting services in France and Francophone Africa by leveraging an industry-specific approach.  More than 223,000 people in 157 countries belonging to the PwC international network share their ideas, expertise and innovative views to deliver high-quality service to clients and partner companies.

Implanted in Africa for nearly 40 years, PwC is located in 34 countries including 23 Francophone countries that gather more than 1,000 people. Being committed in the development of the continent, PwC provides services throughout Africa to private companies, financial institutions, governments and public institutions. 

By working every day to advise clients and support them in their success, PwC actively contributes to the development of the French economy. Through its studies and expert analyses, PwC is also committed to preparing for the economies of the future and developing new technological applications. Lastly, by providing solutions for risk management, PwC creates trust among stakeholders and helps maintain a secure environment at the heart of the economy. 

“PwC” refers to the PwC network and/or one or more of its member firms, each of which is a separate legal entity.

For more information, visit www.pwc.fr 

LABS-NS AVOCATS is a Parisian Business Law Firm focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Social Business and Innovation issues.

Involved in a digital, social, economic and environmental transformation, LABS-NS AVOCATS provides Legal support to innovating actors as Telecommunication Operators, Incubators/Accelerators, Startups (Fintech, EdTech…) in Africa and in Europe.

For more information, visit http://labs-ns.com/

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