Pitch to win a $1,000 equity-free cash prize and over $300,000 worth of perks for your startup!

This challenge aims to provide validation, resources and growth opportunities for early-stage startup founders across various industries. This will be conducted by having entrepreneurs apply to join the challenge and ultimately pitch their startups to a panel of judges and an audience if shortlisted.

Founders Connect aspires to create a platform that highlights innovation, connects entrepreneurs with investors and experienced business leaders, and nurtures promising businesses in our communities.

Prizes to be won

One startup will win all the prizes listed below, win selected prizes from the list

$1000 equity-free cash prize
Up to $100k in AWS Credit
Up to $200k Google Cloud Credit
$25k-fee free processing on Paystack
One year free Intercom pro subscription and 50% off in year 2
Free AWS Cost Optimisation consultation from Vontech (AWS Partner)
Free Masterclass by Founders Factory Africa
6 months of free PR Services from Reneé PR
Founders Connect Interview Feature
One year of free pro subscription from Simpu

Who Qualifies?

To stand a chance to be selected, startups must meet all of the criteria listed here.

  • Must have launched the product in the market with demonstrable traction – active use and or revenue.
  • The startup should be designed with the intent to address specific needs, challenges, or opportunities within Africa.
  • This competition is open to startups from any sector or industry to encourage diverse, innovative solutions and business models.
  • At least one member of the founding team must be committed to the startup on a full-time basis, ensuring dedicated leadership and drive.
  • Startups must be less than 3 years old & must be a tech-enabled product or service.
  • The founding team must be available to pitch in Lagos at the semi-final and final stages of the competition in person.


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