Nairobi Ecosystem Challenge

Get selected by the AfricArena Team to represent Kenya at the AfricArena Summit and win your flight and accommodation to Cape Town in November 2019!

Time Remaining: 4 days


This challenge is available in the following regions/ countries:

  1. Nairobi, Kenya : 29/04/2019


We are looking for the best disruptive startups of Kenya to come and pitch at the AfricArena Summit in Cape Town. The Cape Town Summit will take place on November 11 and 12 . 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 Nairobi : April 30
APPLICATION DEADLINE : April 25 - midnight



The pre-selection pitching session will take place on April 30 in Nairobi. The panel will be composed of representatives of the AfricArena organization and key actors of the Kenyan startup ecosystem. Some investors will be present too. 



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. 


For years, Nairobi has been the cradle of technological innovation in Kenya, and the center of the country’s thriving tech ecosystem, famously known as Silicon Savannah. Most of the innovation spaces, incubation centers, accelerators, and maker labs were also concentrated in the capital—making Nairobi an attractive spont for both technologists and investors. 



*For the selected startups*

Pitch in the Arena at the event 

Privileged contact with the best investors & VCs in the world


*For the three selected startups*

FREE VIP entrance to the event

FREE flight ticket to Cape Town 

FREE accommodation in Cape Town

Selection Criteria


For this challenge we will consider only:

Startups from operating in Kenya


Only startups can participate in this challenge, meaning:

Innovative solution or service

Less than 5 years of existence

Early-stage // Seed-stage company


Required format:

Short video with 2 topics: Startup presentation / How do you solve the problem? (mpg, mpeg, mp4, mov) MAX 50 Megabyte – 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: April 25 - midnight

Do you meet the criteria?