Apply now for the Startup of the Year Contest to Spotlight African Innovation

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, and 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.

Prizes & Rewards:

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 Awards

MAIN PRIZE: AFRICAN STARTUP OF THE YEAR:

  • 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

Partner Awards

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
  • Integration in OCP Group Business Network

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

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

Public Choice Awards:

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

Eligibility:

  • 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
  • Applicant’s activity’s environmental impact will be taken into account by the jury
  • Applicant’s product or service must be innovative
  • Applicants should have a running MVP or prototype

APPLY TO THE AWARDS

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, Cote d’Ivorie, 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.

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