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Africa STARTUP awards

early stage startups
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Take part in the top Winter 2024 startup event! Get public recognition for your early-stage startup, find investors and advisors.

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ABOUT


Burning Heroes is the first start-up awards created by founders for founders!

BH Africa - Startup competition is for campus-based, pre-seed and seed Startups in Africa/Middle-East powered by Burning Heroes Founders Association.

Our mission is to help Early-stage Startup Founders reveal their potential and help develop the African/Middle-East region which has a huge potential. Burning Heroes is supported by USA, Europe and Africa top partners such as: 500 Global, APX.VC, Techstars, Starta VC, Stanford Entrepreneur Club, Flat6 Labs, Plug and Play, Savant etc.

WHO SHOULD APPLY


Pre-seed start-ups

Do you have an idea that you’ve worked hard on? Do you have confirmation from your early adopters? Have you developed your MVP or prototype? Apply and gain access to investors and top advisors with Burning Heroes!

Seed start-ups

Have you developed a product or service? Have you validated the product-market fit and can demonstrate some traction? Apply and open the door to new opportunities with Burning Heroes!

APPLY NOW

(It’s super simple, we promise!)

NOMINATE A SUPERSTAR STARTUP


Thanks in part to Australian ‘tall-poppy-syndrome’, we know some start-up founders might be hesitant to put their hand up for an award. They might also be so busy building, they don’t know the Burning Heroes Awards exist!

If you know a start-up worthy of recognition - take 30 seconds to give them a nudge by completing our nomination form here. They’ll get an automated email letting them know you think they’ve got what it takes, along with some information on the awards.

Note: They will only officially enter the competition if they submit a formal application.

NOMINATE A STARTUP

WHO SHOULD APPLY


Pre-seed start-ups

Do you have an idea that you’ve worked hard on? Do you have confirmation from your early adopters? Have you developed your MVP or prototype? Apply and gain access to investors and top advisors with Burning Heroes!

Seed start-ups

Have you developed a product or service? Have you validated the product-market fit and can demonstrate some traction? Apply and open the door to new opportunities with Burning Heroes!

NOMINATE A SUPERSTAR STARTUP




Thanks in part to Australian ‘tall-poppy-syndrome’, we know some start-up founders might be hesitant to put their hand up for an award. They might also be so busy building, they don’t know the Burning Heroes Awards exist!

If you know a start-up worthy of recognition - take 30 seconds to give them a nudge by completing our nomination form here. They’ll get an automated email letting them know you think they’ve got what it takes, along with some information on the awards.

Note: They will only officially enter the competition if they submit a formal application.

APPLY NOW

(It’s super simple, we promise!)

AWARD CATEGORIES

There are six main categories our judging panel will use to award prizes.

MOBILITY & PROP-TECH

Criteria:

• Market Validation
• Usability
• Business Model

CLIMATE & AGRI-TECH

Criteria:

• Impact
• Originality
• Business Model

FIN-TECH & INSUR-TECH

Criteria:

• Originality
• Leadership team
• Business Model

Emerging & HI-TECH

Criteria:

• Disruptor
• Knowledge intensity
• Development stage & Operational readiness

AI for GOOd

Criteria:

• Originality & Innovation
• Impact & Effectiveness
• Sustainable & Ethical use

EdTech & Civic Tech

Criteria:

• Originality
• Impact
• Domain knowledge

KEY DATES

UNTIL  apr 1, 2024

Applications and nominations open for the competition.

An application should include: a pitch-deck, product/prototype link, brief explanation of the problem you’re solving, and why your solution fulfills the criteria for the categories you’ve selected.

APR 12, 2024

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The Burning Heroes team will carefully evaluate the applications submitted and select a shortlist of finalists

APR 23 & 25, 2024

Finalists’ Live online Pitch sessions in front of the Burning Heroes Africa Juries

MAY 1, 2024

Announcement of winners in each nomination

If you weren’t selected for an award, don’t worry, you will still get valuable feedback.

What  you  get

Media mentions as part of the event promotion

Experts’ feedback

Private sessions with experts from the jury

Credits and discounts from our partners

Membership in our closed community of 50+ founders and start-ups experts globally

...and more!

TEAM & JURY

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

TEAM

Program Manager, Burning Heroes Africa / Middle East

TEAM

Ecosystem Builder

TEAM

Product Designer

TEAM

Frontend Developer

Pitch JUDGES

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

CEO Stokker app, ex Apple

Investor, Plug and Play

Founder & Managing Partner , Jedar Capital

Venture Partner, Saviu Ventures

Former Cofounder & CEO of SCerise, Executive Director, WIIE Ventures

GP, Improve Ventures

Partner, Savant VC

Principal,  216 Capital Ventures

Head of New Investments, AHL Venture Partners

Investment Manager, Rwanda, Renew Capital

Founder & GP, Sunny Side Venture Partners

Senior Investment Professional, TLG Capital

Senior Manager, International Growth, TradingView

CEO & Co-Founder, CodeLn

Startup Journalist, Co-founder & CBO, GATEIT

Venture Partner (Head of Africa Investment) ExpertDojo

CEO , NABDA.TN

Founder & CEO, Circle +

Partner & Creative Director, Nonfiction

Venture Scale Lead, Injini

Head of Global Partner Relations, Latitude59

CEO, Zen Consortium

Angel Investor & Executive Start-Up Coac, The Forward Coach

Managing Director, C3: Companies Creating Change

Mentor, Founder, Institute Cameroon  & Founder Vitamin C&S Coaching

Co-Founder & Director,  Platform, Innovest Afrika

Project Manager, Egypt & North Africa  Startups without borders

Co-Founder & CPRO, Burning Heroes

Founder & CEO, Vi.Wine

Founder, Hito, Inc

Co-Founder, Unicorns.club & Tocoway.com

CPO, Soula.care & Co-founder Burning Heroes

Co-Founder & CTO, MUBR.app

Founder, Keyos Studio

Co-founder & CMO,  mubr.app

Columbia Alumnus, Tech and startup enthusiast

Judges’ Work

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Applications are closed. Stay tuned for updates.

Have questions?
Get in touch!
africa@burningheroes.com

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FAQ

What is the Burning Heroes definition of a startup? 

We define start-ups as any new business that has the potential to scale fast, is agile and often has a characteristic driven by technology or innovation.

Can any startup participate regardless of the industry?

Yes, we welcome start-ups from any industry to participate in our contest and present us the problems you’re solving with your solutions.

I’m a busy start-up founder - what’s the total time it will take to participate?

The process to participate as a start-up is really simple and designed to only take the minimum time required, but give you maximum benefit for your input.

All you’ll need to do is:
 1.   Submit an application form. If you have a pitch deck ready, this should take you no more than 2 minutes.
 
2.   If you’re shortlisted in the top companies selected to pitch at our online event, aside from the time to practice your killer pitch, the event will take 2 hours with 3 minutes allocated to each pitch and 2 minutes for Q&A.

That’s it!

What will participation in this contest give me?

The top 15 start-ups selected will receive valuable feedback from investors and experts from leading African companies. Winners across each category will be awarded with individual consultations with the experts from the panel of judges, access to a closed community of The Burning Heroes Association, perks from our partners, as well as mentions in the media!

If my company is not registered yet, can I still participate?

To participate in this contest it is not mandatory to have a registered company. We want to see ideas that have vast potential.

If my pitch deck is raw or under-developed, should I still participate?

We recommend applying even if you are not confident in your deck. We pay much more attention to your ability to grow based on the market fit, product design, and the technology you are leveraging. If we can see this we will help you to improve your pitch and materials.

Will there be certificates for participants and winners?

In addition to the experience, the Top 15 participants will receive a unique certificate stating that you took part in the Burning Heroes Australia Startup Awards. Winners will also receive an electronic badge that they can share on their website or social media.

How much does it cost to enter the competition?

It is completely free to enter in the competition and there are no hidden costs. Burning Heroes is a not-for-profit organisation focused purely on positive impact. The organising team is made up 100% by volunteers who are just passionate about seeing start-ups thrive! We also keep our costs low by hosting the pitch event online, which also makes it more accessible to participants from across the country.

What will happen at the live online pitch event?

The pitch event will invite all top 15 start-ups shortlisted to pitch to our panel of judges. Each start-up will have a maximum of 3 minutes to pitch, and then 2 minutes will be allocated for Q&A from the judging panel.

At the end of the event, the judges’ scores will be tallied and the winners should be notified by email and officially announced in 2 days!

We will get in touch by your email within 48h with a confirmation that your application has been accepted. We may also ask for an additional info.