Dakar Ecosystem Challenge

We are looking for the best disruptive startups in Senegal to come and pitch at the AfricArena Conference in Cape Town.

Challenge is closed


This challenge is available in the following regions/ countries:

  1. Dakar, Senegal : Entries have been closed


We are looking for the best disruptive startups of Senegal to come and pitch at the AfricArena Conference in Cape Town. The Cape Town conference will take place on November 15 and 16. The selected startups will be flown, accommodated and trained by the AfricArena organization. You already have a market / customer validation and wish to benefit from an international exposure? Come and apply!

PRE-SELECTION EVENT in Dakar: September 19th
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 1st - midnight


The pre-selection pitching session will take place on September 19 in Dakar. The panel will be composed of representatives of the AfricArena organization and key actors of the Senegalese startup ecosystem. Some investors will be present. 



This is a cross-sector challenge: all industries/markets are welcome. We are looking for startups meeting the requirements below:

1. Existing product/service/technology                    2. Market & customer validation                                3. Growth & traction                 

If you are at an earlier stage, stayed tuned for upcoming challenges as the maturity requirements will vary. 

About Dakar - Senegal

Senegal start-ups alone raise close to $11 million in 2017 according to figures from Partech Ventures. Although this is still 10 times less than the leading market in the region, Nigeria, the figure represents a whopping 65 per cent year on year growth and is reflective of the dynamism of this young yet fast growing ecosystem. 



*For the five selected startups*

Meet key actors of the Senegaleese startup ecosystem, investors and the AfricArena team


*For the winner*

Enter the next round of selection to be flown to pitch in Cape Town in November. 


For the five pre-selected startups*

Pitch in front of our judges in Dakar

Get your pitch streamed on Euroquity

Selection Criteria


For this challenge we will consider:

Startups from Senegal only


Existing product/service, post-revenue, market/customer validation


Required format:

Short video: 3min max - A presentation of your startup, including traction details - You can also share us a “Wetransfer” link or a Youtube video

Deck pitch: 8 slides max (ppt, pdf) - MAX 50 Megabytes

Last day of submission: September 1st – 12 midnight