Do you have an awesome existing business?
We want to hear about your science-based solution and give you the chance to win a share of almost $ 7 000 in prize money, a spot in one of SU LaunchLab’s incubation programs, and more!
What are we looking for?
We are looking for entrepreneurs with commercialisable ideas or existing businesses that provide science-based solutions to African challenges in the following fields:
- Physical sciences – physics, chemistry, earth, and space
- Life sciences – biochemistry, microbiology, zoology, botany, ecology
- Applied sciences – engineering, medicine
- Computer sciences
If your science-based solution is suitable for the Showcase you will fit the following eligibility criteria for either category:
|You are operating in AfricaYou have a science-based solution to address an African challenge* You have an MVP and/or are sellingYou have at least one full-time team memberYou have been working on your venture for more than 6 monthsWilling to enter SU LL’s flagship Countdown program’s February cohort (8-week course)||You are situated in AfricaYou have a science-based and commercialisable idea that would address an African challenge*Willing to enter SU LL’s flagship Countdown program’s February cohort (8-week course)|
*The challenge does not have to be unique to Africa but must be encountered in Africa
How it works
Submit your ideas online by 23:59 on Sunday, 29 August 2021.
After all the submissions are received, the top participants will be shortlisted, and from that, we will select 8 – 10 finalists.
3. Virtual pitching event:
Shortlisted participants will pitch to a panel of judges, potential investors, and an audience at a live event via Zoom on 21 September 2021 from 14:00 – 16:30 SAST. Every team will have 4 minutes to pitch and the judges will have 4 minutes to present questions.