Innotribe start-up challenge returns to Africa
Swift Innotribe’s “Start-up Challenge for Africa” is open for applications. For the third year running, the challenge will be part of Swift’s African Regional Conference (ARC) held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, from 16-18 May 2017.
ARC typically attracts up to 500 delegates from around 40 countries, according to Swift. It offers the usual mix of networking, education, discussion and debate and a platform for start-ups to connect with the financial sector.
Fabian Vandenreydt, global head of securities, Innotribe, and the Swift Institute at Swift, says: “Our partnership with ARC has allowed us to highlight Africa as a hotbed of fintech activity with a lot of ideas, resources and talent to support.”
From all applications received, Innotribe will select ten start-ups to enter the challenge programme, showcase their products during ARC, and receive coaching and mentoring.
Innotribe will work with industry experts, bank decision-makers, VCs and angel investors to select the “showcase participants” and their expertise will also serve to advise and coach the start-ups prior to the event.
During the showcase, the three best start-ups will be nominated by the audience as finalists, automatically securing their participation to Sibos, held in Toronto, Canada, from 16-19 October 2017. They will also receive a €10,000 cash prize each.
Applications are open until mid-March 2017 and can be made here. The successful applicants will be announced in April 2017.