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Startup Of The Year Africa 2017

Startup of the year award is a contest organized by Bonjour Idée with the support of 50+ partners (international corporations, incubators, chambers of commerce, media, competitive centers, 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.

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About The 2 Previous Editions of Startup Of The Year (France)

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page views during the competition period
partners from the startup ecosystem
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Application Conditions

  • Company must be registered
  • Based in Africa to be named « african startup of year » or « OCP Africa Agritech of the year »
  • No geographical restriction for other awards
  • Company created after jan 1st 2010
  • Your activity’s environemental impact will be taken into account by the jury
  • Your product or service must be innovative
  • You should have a running MVP or prototype


9 Nov 2016: Kickoff Conference
until 31 December 2016: Online application 
1-15 January 2017: Online voting
16 January 2017: Finalists announcement
25 January 2017 (Casablanca): Finalists pitches
26 January 2017 (Casablanca): Awards Ceremony

Prizes & Rewards

5 category of prizes:

2 Jury awards

Main Prize: African Startup of the year

Named by Jury after Casablanca Pitches (see calendar)

  • 10000€ in Cash
  • 10000€ Visibility Pack (Bonjour idée website background with 100000+ views, mention in press campain, banner in emailing)
  • Integration into our partners’ business network

Jury’s Choice Award

  • Visibility Pack With 50000 views
  • Integration into our partners’ business network

5 public choice awards

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N°1 of public voting Top 100

  • 2000€ in cash offered by Qwant
  • 10000€ Visibility Pack offered by Bonjour idée
  • Branding of Qwant’s homepage

N°2 to 5 of public voting Top 100

  • Visibility Pack With 20000 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 20000 views for their startup
  • Startup is integrated into our partners’ business network

3 partner awards

ocp reward

OCP Agritech Startup Of the Year

Rewards an Africa based startup bringing innovation to farms and farmers

  • 5000€ in cash offered by OCP Group
  • 10000€ Visibility Pack offered by Bonjour idée
  • Visibility in OCP internal network
  • Integration into entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem of OCP Entrepreneurship Network
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SNCF Destination Africa Startup Award

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

  • 10000€ Visibility Pack offered by Bonjour idée
  • Integration into SNCF Startup Program
  • Integration into SNCF Business Network

1 Diaspora Award

Africa Diaspora startup of the year

Rewards the best startup created by a worldwide member of African Diaspora

  • 2000€ in cash offered by bonjour idée
  • 10000€ Visibility Pack offered by Bonjour idée

Jury members

Karim Lotfi SENHADJI

Executive Director OCP AFRICA


President of PwC France and Francophone Africa

Kossi ADZO

Founder Bonjour Idée

Stéphane QUERE

Director of Innovation ENGIE 


Chairman OCP Innovation Fund for Agriculture


Executive Director SNCF Développement

Outmane El HASSANI

Acting Director OCP Entrepreneurship Network 

eric leandri QWANT



Yazid CHIR

Co-founder BE-BOUND 


Lawyer at Paris Bar, Partner at LABS-NS AVOCATS  


Director, Smart Up program Coordinator, PWC France  

Kickoff Event Speakers

African Innovation Actors and Young Leaders




 CEO Made in Africa (Benin)

Ahmed Mehdi Omarouayache


President of the Algerian digital cluster (Algeria)

Jacob OPARA 

CEO MGI consultants (Kenya)

Bilal aminetou RYCM

Aminetou BILAL

ONG Rim youth climate movement (Mauritania)


Co-founder VERTRI (Morocco)


Co-founder VERTRI (Morocco)


Regional Manager EMEA, Founder Family (France, Algeria)

Mostapha EL ALAOUI

Co-founder VILLES PROPRES (Morocco)

amar belache


Founder HORIZON (France)

Florent YOUZAN

Director Africa Innovation SOCIETE GENERAL (Senegal)

mahassine abouri

Mahassine ABOURI

Customer Care Consultant VOLVO (France)

Partner speakers


Deputy Director General , OCP GROUP (Morocco)


Partner, Advisory Leader, PwC Maghreb and Francophone Africa (Morocco)

Yazid CHIR 

Co-founder BE BOUND (Algeria, France)

eric leandri QWANT


CEO QWANT  (France)


Lawyer at Paris Bar, Partner at LABS-NS AVOCATS  (Togo, France)


President of Club Efficience (Cameroon, France


Executive Director, MIDRANGE Consulting, (Togo, France

Benjamin PETTEAU

Deputy General Counsel, 
ENGIE Northern Africa


Media Partners

Ecosystem partners

j ai reve
J'ai Rêvé Foundation
association solidarite centrafrique
French commerce
French Commerce

About Our Partners

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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. OCPprovides 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 visit :

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At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 223,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services.
Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at

PwC refers to the US member firm or one of its subsidiaries or affiliates, and may sometimes refer to the PwC network. Each member firm is a separate legal entity.
Please see for further details. 

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ENGIE is the world’s first independent power producer. The Group develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation and the rational use of resources.

ENGIE works closely with entrepreneurs, startups and experts to innovate and build together solutions designing the energy of tomorrow.  Since 2014, ENGIE has launched 45 Calls for projects, receiving close to 1,000 applications on its innovation platform ( from startups and rewarding more than 50 winners.

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Our job? To bring you closer. To make people and goods transportation easier and more fluid. To design and develop tomorrow’s mobility. And so much more… Some figures (2015): € 31.4 billion in revenue (including 33.3 % generated outside France), € 8.2 billion of investment, 260,000 employees in 120 countries.
For more information visit :

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Today, 4 Billion people are without connection to the Internet, creating an incredible digital divide.  Established in 2011 by Albert Szulman and Yazid Chir, Be-Bound, was founded on a simple idea : connect everyone, everywhere NOW to the mobile Internet. To materialize this idea, Be-Bound allows smartphones and other connected mobile devices to stay connected, no matter the network available (from WiFi/4G/3G/ down to 2G-SMS), and no matter it’s quality (saturated or weak). Be-Bound believes constant and affordable connectivity are key to unlocking the economic potential of hundreds of millions around the world. This is a goal we want to fight for. Thanks to our technology, this is a goal we can contribute to, today.
For more information visit :

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Qwant is a European search engine that respects users privacy and net neutrality. Co-founded by Eric Leandri & Jean Manuel Rozan in 2011, the site was first launched in 2013, and came up in April 2015 with a new design and UX experience with bold ideas about what a modern search engine should provide and look like.
Qwant’s mission is to strengthen trust and transparency on the internet by putting the privacy of its users’ data first and providing a holistic, unbiased search experience.
For more information visit :