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Hanga Pitchfest 2022 for tech-enabled Rwandan startups

Application Deadline: October 17, 2022

The Government of Rwanda led by the Ministry of ICT and Innovation and Rwanda Development Board are bringing Hanga Pitchfest 2022. Hanga Pitchfest aims to provide a unique platform to showcase tech-entrepreneurs and creative talents from all over the country and promote the use of technology and innovation in the Rwandan market.

Eligibility Criteria

• Only tech-enabled startups based and registered in Rwanda are allowed to participate.

• The eligibility status is granted only for startups that are less than five years old starting from the registration day.

• Tech startups with market traction are encouraged to apply. However startups should not have raised any venture capital except self-sourcing, angel investors, or family and friends. Startups that may have received grant funding from other incubator programs or hackathons are eligible.

• Only startups with tech-enabled solutions (hardware or software) or with the potential to scale through technology are allowed to apply.

• Unfortunately the minimum criteria for startups is to have a working / developed prototype and not just an idea.

• Only one teammate per company can apply.

Benefits

• Winner = $50,000.

• First Runner Up = $20,000.

• Second Runner Up = $15000.

• Runner Up (4-5) = $12,500 Each.

• Other Prizes to be offered by Partners.

Selection Process

• During the first round of evaluation, the top startups will be shortlisted by judges drawn from the startup and investor community scoring the startups based on a number of criteria.

• The second round of evaluation will involve physical pitching sessions to a round of judges in 5 locations around Rwanda.

• The top candidates will then be invited for a Bootcamp in Kigali whereby the top 5 companies will then be selected to pitch at the BK Arena on Dec 10.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Hanga Pitchfest 2022: Rwanda