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At the core of the Africa Startup Ecosystem Builders Summit and Awards (ASEB) lies the profound recognition and celebration of extraordinary contributions to ecosystem building through the prestigious ASEB Awards. Serving as a pivotal and highly esteemed element of the Summit, these awards aim to honour the often unheralded heroes who have made significant and remarkable strides in fostering entrepreneurship and cultivating resilient startup ecosystems across their countries, regions, and the entire African continent, transcending boundaries.

The ASEB Awards epitomize a jubilant celebration that spotlights trailblazers, visionaries, and change-makers who are shaping the future of African entrepreneurship. These exceptional individuals and organizations have demonstrated unwavering dedication, innovative approaches, and substantial impact in their relentless pursuit of ecosystem-building endeavours.

By acknowledging and exalting their outstanding achievements, the ASEB Awards serve as a wellspring of inspiration, nurturing an environment that encourages others to strive for excellence in ecosystem building, thereby igniting the growth and prosperity of entrepreneurship throughout Africa. These prestigious awards act as a powerful catalyst, propelling positive change, and fostering recognition within the dynamic startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem. They champion innovation, collaboration, and sustainable development, transforming dreams into reality.

ASEB 2023 Awards Presentation

A Celebration of Dedication and Achievement

The zenith of the evening at the Africa Startup Ecosystem Builders Summit and Awards 2023 was undoubtedly the presentation of awards. This segment was not just an awarding ceremony; it was a powerful recognition of the tireless efforts and achievements of those who form the backbone of Africa’s startup landscape.

A Global Gathering of Ecosystem Builders

In an impressive showcase of diversity and talent, over 200 Ecosystem Builders from more than 40 countries were acknowledged across 28 distinct categories. This diverse group represents the bedrock of Africa’s entrepreneurial spirit. Their unwavering dedication and contributions have been pivotal in shaping the future of innovation and entrepreneurship across the continent. Each individual and organization honored embodies the resilience, creativity, and visionary spirit that is central to Africa’s economic growth and technological advancement.

 

ASEB 2023 Special Awards

Lifetime Achievement Awards in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

2023 Honorees: Pillars of African Innovation

In a moment that perfectly encapsulated the spirit of ASEB 2023, three distinguished figures in the realm of African innovation and entrepreneurship were bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Awards. Tomi Davies, Rebecca Enonchong, and Tervern Jaftha, luminaries in their own right, were the esteemed recipients of this honor.

A Legacy Engraved in Time

Each of these icons has charted a course of innovation and entrepreneurship that has not only paved the way for future generations but also stands as a pillar of inspiration and a beacon of hope for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators across Africa.

Leadership Achievement Awards in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

A Salute to Visionary Leadership

The Leadership Achievement Awards represent more than mere accolades; they are a profound acknowledgment of the tireless efforts, strategic foresight, and unwavering commitment demonstrated by leaders who have made significant contributions to the startup ecosystem. Bernard Chiira and Rym Baouendi exemplify this spirit. They have not only envisioned a more innovative Africa but have actively worked towards realizing this vision.

MEET OUR 2023 WINNERS

The inaugural ASEB Awards, held in Johannesburg in December 2022, garnered an overwhelming response. Drawing in excess of 2,690 nominations from 40 African countries across 27 distinct categories, including “Ecosystem Builder of the Year” and “Startup Coach of the Year,” the awards showcased the immense breadth and depth of talent and dedication prevalent within the African startup ecosystem. The grand awards ceremony was a pinnacle of pride as 88 extraordinary Ecosystem Builders were bestowed with honours, representing 22 illustrious categories and epitomizing the entrepreneurial spirit of 25 African nations.

AWARD CATEGORIES

STARTUP MENTOR OF THE YEAR
COWORKING SPACE OF THE YEAR
BUSINESS ADVISOR OF THE YEAR
BUSINESS ADVISOR OF THE YEAR
STARTUP COACH OF THE YEAR
SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
CORPORATE CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
STARTUP EVENT OF THE YEAR
VENTURE COMPANY OF THE YEAR
ANGEL INVESTOR OF THE YEAR
ACCELERATOR OF THE YEAR
INCUBATOR OF THE YEAR
YOUTH CONNECTOR OF THE YEAR
STUDENT CONNECTOR OF THE YEAR
POLICY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
HE4SHE CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
SHE4SHE CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION OF THE YEAR
WOMEN IN STEM CHAMPION OF THE YEAR
STARTUP ECOSYSTEM BUILDER OF THE YEAR
STARTUP ECOSYSTEM BUILDER OF THE YEAR
STARTUP ECOSYSTEM BUILDER OF THE YEAR
IMMIGRANT ECOSYSTEM BUILDER OF THE YEAR
THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE OF THE YEAR
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