This is a two-stage nomination process:

Stage 1 – Register an SMME by close of business on Friday 19 March 2021

Stage 2 – Submit completed nomination documents by Friday 02 April 2021

About the Awards

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Qualifying start-ups/SMEs must have been in business for at least 24 months, registered with CIPC and founders/ co-founders must be operationally involved in their businesses and have a passion for tech innovation. The majority ownership of these enterprises must be from the designated interest groups in accordance with BEE regulations.

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The building of Township-based hubs are aimed at increasing the incubation network in rural and townships areas of South Africa to improve the provision of business development and technical support to township based start-ups, small, medium micro and cooperative enterprises following a structured support continuum.

NB: Only one proposal per applicant for or a Digital Hub or a Township Hub. 


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Application Criteria

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The Proposals must cover the following elements:

  • Executive summary 
  • Business Plan 
  • Background Information
  • Business Objectives
  • Benefits and Limitations
  • Scope, Impact and Interdependencies
  • Market Assessment
  • Risk Assessment 
  • Financial Appraisal 
  • Project Organisation 
  • Sustainability Plan 
  • Fundraising Plan 
  • Governance 
  • Incubator(s) Location(s)
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All eco-inclusive enterprises from eligible countries:

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The Berkeley SkyDeck Global Founder’s Program provides the following opportunities;

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The U.S. - Africa Tech Challenge is sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Global Engagement Center, in partnership with U.S. Embassy Nairobi, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the European Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, Twitter, Park Advisors, and Informa.

The U.S. - Africa Tech Challenge aims to advance the development of promising and innovative technologies against disinformation and propaganda across Africa. As such, only submissions from companies domiciled and headquartered in Africa will be considered.

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The Next Health Accelerator exists to create Sexual and Health wellness, reaching beyond existing boundaries to ensure women and girls in Africa have access to Sexual and Reproductive Health. It endeavours to disrupt healthcare in Africa with an initial focus on sexual and reproductive and particularly on self-care. NHA selects the best innovators, helps them refine their value proposition and products, provides seed funding and connects them with leading corporations or organizations for value chain access.

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