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Apply For The Go Global Africa 2020 Startup Competition

The United Kingdom’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is establishing an International Tech Hub Network (ITHN), as part of the UK Government’s Digital Access Programme. Tech Hubs are expert teams which work with partner countries to stimulate local digital economies, build high-end digital skills, and forge innovative partnerships between local tech sectors and international businesses. The Hubs support the growth of digital inclusion, creating local skilled jobs and generating opportunities for business partnerships.

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The Go Global Program is a program by the UK International Tech Hub Network. The Go Global program is an opportunity for start-ups using technology to solve local issues to participate in an exciting and intensive program in the United Kingdom to learn how to build their businesses to develop global solutions. The program will help companies improve their business skills and capability, build links with the UK’s thriving tech sector and work with UK expertise to take their business to the next level. Fortunately, it was launched for Kenyan, Nigerian and South African Startups.

On January 20, 2020, the Go Global Africa 2020 was launched at the Africa Investment Summit, hence, the call for application and submission. The program will be delivered by UK based experts, professionals and business executives.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The company must be based in Kenya, Nigeria OR South Africa
  • The company must be in the post MVP stage with a live product fully operating in the market
  • Work in one of the following four verticals: AgriTech, FinTech, HealthTech or Clean Energy
  • Demonstrate a clear business model with evidence of customer traction
  • Looking to raise their first round of funding
  • Demonstrate clear social impact potential
  • Demonstrate commitment to strengthen the local ecosystem by passing on learnings to other startups
  • Ambition to expand internationally in the future

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Application Procedure

The application takes the structure of a form that will be filled and a video pitch explaining your product and value proposition and how you will use the opportunity to benefit your startup and the wider community. Before applying, please read carefully the details in the application form on how to apply for the program.

Do you tick all the boxes in the eligibility criteria? Apply now.

Application deadline: 3rd February, 2020 (17:00 GMT)

Shortlisted participant notification: 7th February, 2020

Pitch finals: 26th February, 2020

In-country masterclass series: 10th – 12th March, 2020

UK Program: 23rd – 27th March, 2020

After the program, successful participants go on to become Go Global Champions, sharing new ideas to their local ecosystem resulting in an improved ability to provide digital solutions to local problems.

As usual, here is today’s gift – a quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald that I believe will resound well with you or yours:

For what it’s worth, it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be… I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Aanuoluwapo Olajide

Aanuoluwapo Olajide is a freelance writer who believes that words are fundamental blocks and are the force of life and death. She is a tech enthusiast, fashion designer and a lover of words.



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