Lagos Ecosystem Challenge

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

Challenge is closed


This challenge is available in the following regions/ countries:

  1. Lagos, Nigeria : Entries have been closed



We are looking for the best disruptive startups of Nigeria to come and pitch at the AfricArena Conference in Cape Town. The 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 Lagos: July 18th
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 8th - midnight



pre-selection pitching session will take place on July 18 in Lagos. The panel will be composed of representatives of the AfricArena organization and key actors of the Mauritius startup ecosystem. Some investors will be present. Pitches will be streamed live in front of international investors on the Euroquity platform. 



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 Lagos - Nigeria

For startups, Lagos, Africa’s largest city, appears to be a land of promise with its huge addressable population of over 20 million peole and a tech ecosystem that’s bursting with energy and dynamism. In fact, the local startup ecosystem is valued at $2 billion, making it the most valuable on the continent (Startup Genome 2017 report). Lagos is the most valuable despite only having an estimated 400 to 700 active startups, much fewer than the up to 1,200 in Cape Town—the largest startup ecosystem on the continent.



*For the five selected startups*

Meet key actors of the Nigerian 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 Lagos

Get your pitch streamed on Euroquity

Selection Criteria


Startups from Nigeria 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: July 8th – 12 midnight