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Southern Africa Startup Awards is a registered Non-Profit Company. It is Southern Africa Chapter of world-renowned Global Startup Awards. The Global Startup Awards provides an annual spotlight focus to web/tech startups in regions across the globe. Each individual regional award places a heavy focus on unearthing and rewards the very best from within their respective ecosystems & connecting each of the countries to create a stronger united brand.

The awards stand to represent the entire startup and tech community – from the startups themselves, through to the people behind them, & organizations that work alongside these visionaries to make great things possible. It is the largest independent startup-ecosystem competition started in the Nordics in 2012, covering over 60 countries in 7 regions. Since 2012, Global Startup Awards has grown to include South East Asia, Central Europe, SAARC Region (South Asia), with East Asia, Baltics, and Southern Africa launched in 2018.

Our Mission is to connect, support, and celebrate key players in national and regional startup ecosystems worldwide and to fuse them together on a global entrepreneurial network, creating a matrix of opportunities for international partnerships, commercial exchange, and investment opportunities. We do this by working bottom up with local startup ecosystems, always putting the founders and startup ecosystem supporters first.

The Awards are carried out in three rounds in each region. First, national nominations are opened, then nominees are shortlisted with the guidance of our Ambassadors, then announced for the voting process to start. A public vote, together with a judging process by the jury panel will determine the national winners in each category from each participating country. The national winners will move on to the Grand Finale for the selection of the regional winners. Finally, the regional winners will compete on a global level at the Global Startup Awards.

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