Applications have now open for the Startup of the Year Africa 2018, an international innovation competition for startups created by Bonjour idée. The competition is meant to add value to the partner’s’ actions at the heart of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of innovation and startups and put them in contact with innovative startups.

Main prize: African startup of the year

  • 10,000€ in Cash
  • 10,000€ Visibility Pack ( website background with 100,000+ views, mention in press campaign, banner in emailing)
  • Integration into our partner’s business network

PWC- Jury’s Choice Award

  • Visibility Pack With 50,000 views
  • Integration into their partner’s’ business network

Engie – Energy Startup Of The Year

  • 10,000€ Visibility Pack offered by
  • Visibility in Engie internal network
  • Integration into entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem of Engie

Finance Innovation – Fintech Destination Africa Award

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

Africa Diaspora Startup Of The Year

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

Qwant Public Choice Award (N°1 Of Public Voting Top 100)

  • 2,000€ in cash offered by Qwant
  • 10000€ Visibility Pack offered by
  • 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

Community Manager Award

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

Eligibility Criteria

  • Company must be officially registered
  • Based in Africa to be named « African Startup of Year »
  • No geographical restriction for other awards
  • Company created after January 1st, 2010
  • Applicant’s product or service must be innovative
  • Applicants should have a running MVP or prototype

Eligible Countries

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Application Deadline

10 December 2017

For more information, please visit Startup of The Year.