The 2015 edition of DEMO Africa pitching competition is confirmed to be hosted in Lagos Nigeria for the second time in a row. Last year’s competition was successful in Lagos after relocating from Nairobi, Kenya.
Venue: Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos
Date: September 24-25
The Nigeria’s Ministry of Communication Technology will co-host Demo Africa in partnership with VC4Africa and Afrilabs.
40 startups from across Africa will showcase their innovations on the DEMO Africa platform in front of potential investors and IT consumers. The organisers say it would again take place in Lagos as a result of the Nigerian government’s “endearing” support of the ICT sector.
Demo Africa has said that Notable moves include the recent announcement by the ministry to conduct a government-seeded IT innovation fund and committing US$9 million as seed capital. The ministry has also made direct contact with the alumni who have participated in various technology competitions with the aim of assessing their needs and providing various interventions.
“We are pleased that DEMO Africa will be hosted in Nigeria for the second time. DEMO Africa provides a veritable platform for young Nigerian and African youths to showcase their creativity and innovation and push Africa’s frontier in the global space.” Said Dr Omobola Johnson, the Minister of Communication Technology.
The application platform for DEMO Africa will open in late February, with a series of pre-event contests in various countries set to take place as the beginning of the vetting process for startups.