The Builders of Africa’s Future Awards is developed to celebrate innovation and impact in early-stage African enterprise. The BAF Awards serves to showcase and award entrepreneurs who are running early-stage for-profit and not-for-profits that are addressing Africa’s unique needs through technology or differentiated business models. These needs are in:
- financial inclusion,
- gender inclusion,
- industrial development,
- and other socioeconomic good
A selection of nominees will showcase their startups at the Fourth Annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium in January 2019. Start-ups will be selected based on the criteria of innovation, uniqueness, growth potential, and impact potential on the continent. The ADIS platform provides an unprecedented stage for entrepreneurs to promote their venture, attract potential customers, drum up investor and partner interests, and be connected to experienced mentors in the field.
1. Must be an established legal entity already in operation for 6 months or more with demonstrable early traction evidenced in growing usage, revenue or other metrics (not a pitch or prototype). The business should have a website, tangible digital or physical product or picture of more than one successful event over more than 6 months.
2. Must be serving a need applicable to Africa’s socio-economic and climate – ie leverage Africa’s resources in agro, human capital, etc or addresses its challenges (cannot be a clone of a western technology or business solution without differentiation).
3. The entrepreneur must be able to attend ADIS 2019 in person (exceptions will only be made for last-minute travel conflicts). The purpose of this criterion is to allow the community and our sponsors to meet our recipients.