Together with our partner Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) we will be targeting startups across Southern Africa. There will be a challenge in August, as well as a Hackathon in September. Interested in participating?

The application period takes place between May and July!

What do you get?

The selected start-ups will be invited for a Pitch Day in Cape Town.
The best start-up will have the opportunity to collaborate with our globally in our Headquarters.

Awards for the winners:

  • Prize Money ($ 3,000)
  • Trip to our Headquarters in Darmstadt to pitch in front of our experts
  • Opportunity to work on a collaboration project with our Innovation Center and internal project teams
  • Access to our Innovation Center Train To Innovate Curriculum
  • Office space at MEST

Why Southern Africa?

Public service innovation is a growing trend in Southern Africa where innovation hubs are collaborating with governments to create an enabling environment by working to bring about better regulations and less red tape. This makes Southern Africa attract the most VC funding in Africa in addition to a lot of instances of startup acquisitions by multinational companies in fields like biotechnology.

Cape Town

Cape Town is one of Africa’s most developed hubs for tech startups and innovation. Home to only major corporates, Cape Town sets its focus on local business needs and has become an an important city for entrepreneurship. By inviting local founders to become part of its vast expert network, we are taking the opportunity to extend its innovative spirit to this African startup hotspot.

About the Pitch & Hackathon Event

Our Hackathon in Cape Town is a unique learning and business opportunity for all regional innovators, founders, and tech experts. For a whole day, teams will work on technologically advanced solutions to real life problems encountered by our businesses. Under expert guidance from our mentors and working side by side with people of different professional backgrounds, they will have the opportunity to build their ideas from scratch. Our Cape Town Hackathon not only grants teams access to a vast entrepreneurial network but also serves as a cool educational event for creatives and techies. It will take place in September.

In addition to the hackathon, there will also be a Pitch Event in Cape Town, enabling startups to showcase their ideas and become part of the our Accelerator in Darmstadt, Germany.

The application phase will take place between April and July 2018.