Southern Africa Startup Awards is part of Global Startup Awards, a global competition to recognize the best talents of the global startup ecosystem.
Southern Africa Startup Awards is part of the Global Startup Awards, providing an annual spotlight to those who dare to dream big and shape the way our future will look. Bringing together amazing ideas and best talents from 6 regions, 46 countries across the globe to celebrate entrepreneurial spirit and startups. The competition process for finding the winners involves all aspects of a startup ecosystem by using a network of local ambassadors, country partners, national jury members, international jury members from entire globe as well as key advisors counting everyone from top investors, political stakeholders, founders and community builders.
The overall process of the competition bottom-up (from national level up to the regional and global level) consists of 4 different phases, which are described below:
Phase 1: Nomination opens
Anyone can nominate a person, company or organisation in all categories per country through an online nomination system. Data is gathered from all nominees based on the criteria of each category for the following phase of the competition.
Phase 2: Selecting National Finalists
A group of ambassadors from each country, through a selection process, evaluate the nominees and choose the best talents based on the criteria of each category which are gathered into a shortlist. The shortlist consists of a minimum of 5 national finalists per category on each country.
Phase 3: Finding National Winners
Once the shortlist is published online, the public voting for National Finalists opens through an online system. Individuals can only vote one time per finalist.
Phase 4: Finding Regional Winners
Once the National Winners are published online, public voting opens through an online system. Individuals can only vote one time per finalist.
Phase 5: Finding Global Winners
Once the Regional Winners are published online, public voting opens through an online system. Individuals can only vote one time per finalist.
The winner will be announced on 31 October 2018 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa.