GSA Africa is a platform that was established in 2021 with the goal of showcasing and growing Africa’s most promising startups.
The Global Startup Awards (GSA) Africa this year recognised 71 startups from across Africa as regional winners. The list of regional winners includes 23 winners from African nations.
8,272 entries were received from all 54 African states during the 2022–23 season, and 71 regional winners were selected for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western, and Central Africa competitions.
GSA Africa is a platform that was established in 2021 with the goal of showcasing and growing Africa’s most promising startups. The competition this year concentrated on solutions for agriculture, climate change, business, healthcare, education, and mobility & logistics, with a special focus on startups that support Web3.0 technologies, sustainable business models, green innovation, and workplace diversity.
Before competing for a spot as a regional finalist, participants in the competition had to first compete at the national level. The winners were then chosen by an impartial jury that provided a comprehensive assessment of the African tech sector.
Thirteen startups from Egypt were named winners in the Northern Africa competition, followed by finalists from Morocco and Tunisia. Similar outcomes were observed in Southern Africa, where startups from South Africa won eleven awards, with entries from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia taking home the remaining medals.
Kenyan startups won seven awards in Eastern Africa, while those from Uganda won three, Ethiopia won two, and startups from Mauritius, Rwanda, and Tanzania also took home prizes. Startups from Nigeria won six awards in Western Africa, followed by three winners from Ghana. Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Senegal, and Benin also had winners.
This year, startups from Central Africa were well-represented, with those from the Democratic Republic of the Congo winning four awards and those from Cameroon taking home five. Gabon and the Congo winners were also acknowledged.
The Global Startup Awards Africa competition’s Continental Finals will now see all 71 regional winners compete for the title of African champion. African winners will have the exclusive opportunity to engage with the Global Innovation Initiative Group (GIIG), the competition’s dedicated investment partner, through its GIIG Africa Fund and GIIG Africa Foundation. The announcement was made at the launch edition of GITEX Africa 2023 in Marrakech, Morocco.