30 Sub-Saharan African projects selected to compete at Digital Lab Africa Online Pitch Competition

The Digital Lab Africa call for projects #2 closed with 730 entries from over 30 Sub-Saharan African countries. This overwhelming response confirms the importance and relevance of this program in supporting emerging talent (+200 applications compared to the first edition)! Digital Lab Africa’s selection committees have chosen the 30 finalists who will compete – for the first time this year – in an online pitch competition.

Startuppers, entrepreneurs, creators from the African continent (South Africa, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe) they will represent the new generation of talent in creative industries (virtual reality, web creation, digital music, video game and animation).

From April 26th, the « video pitch » of the 30 competitors will be displayed online on a dedicated platform (vote.digilabafrica.com) developed by Qwant, in partnership with Dailymotion Africa.

This platform will allow Internet users to anonymously vote for their favorite pitch (from April, 26th to May, 9th), without having to communicate their personal data.

Chosen by the DLA Selection Committees, the 10 winners of the Pitch Competition will be revealed at NEXT, the innovation hub of the Cannes Film Festival Market, on Thursday, May 10, at 4 pm, during a live session in the presence of some of the DLA partners.

The project which will gather the most votes on the platform will be awarded with a special prize (DLA Audience Award) including invitation (for 1 person) to one of the DLA Industry Events in France or in Sub-Saharan African region (fligh ticket, accommodation & accreditation covered by DLA).

The 10 winners will get a 3 000 euros cash prize and a tailored-made incubation programme to accelerate their project development with 2 mentors, from French & Sub-Saharan creative industries ecosystem (producers, distributors, broadcasters, experts, artists…), a residence period in France within a digital cluster/hub, and participation in industry events in France and/or in Sub-Saharan African region.


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