DEMO Africa is a pitching event for African Startups. The 2016 Edition of the event will take place in South Africa for the first time, after Johannesburg was confirmed as the location for the latest edition.
DEMO Africa has taken place in Lagos, Nigeria for the last two years, while it began its life in Nairobi, Kenya. The 2016 edition will take place in Johannesburg in September, with the venue yet to be announced. The conference was initiated by LIONS@frica, and exists as a platform for African tech entrepreneurs to pitch to international investors, in a myriad of sectors.
Last year, only three South African startups pitched at the 2015 event, with Nigeria and Kenya the best represented countries in terms of selected businesses. However, as with when the event relocated from Kenya to Nigeria, the move to Johannesburg is likely to see an increase in South African startups taking part.
The event was secured for Johannesburg by the city’s international events unit the Johannesburg Convention Bureau, and will see startups apply to take part in 12 categories, namely Agriculture, Health, Education, Manufacturing, Retail, Media and Entertainment, Communication, Transport and Logistics, Energy, Finance and Banking, Water and Sanitation, and Waste Management and Recycling.
Interested parties are required to have a working product, and are now able to submit applications on the DEMO Africa website: www.demo-africa.com/.