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Starting and growing a successful company is a difficult task; entrepreneurs need a variety of elements to be successful including mentorship, encouragement, talented people, funding and a network of contacts.

The Africa Startup Ecosystem Builders Awards is a flagship program of Setup A Startup recognising excellence in Africa’s startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem. The Awards celebrate and distinguish unsung heroes in ecosystem building who are individuals, communities and institutions in Africa that have demonstrated innovation, excellence, outstanding achievement and impact in advancing African entrepreneurship.

The objectives of the awards are to:

·       Celebrate those working to advance entrepreneurship in Africa;

·       Increase awareness of the importance of strengthening Africa’s startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem and culture; and,

·       Incentivize efforts and elevate ambitions of the African entrepreneurial community.


Apart from Certificates and Trophies that would be given to the winners, each winner will nominate two startups that they support within their organisation to enrol on a twelve-month programme on the IRPAFRICA Investment Readiness Programme sponsored by IRPAFRICA. IRPAFRICA is an investment readiness white-label digital platform that supports entrepreneurs, non-financially, in building their business by providing affordable entrepreneur training and personal development support, access to business experts and mentors and eventually creating an enabling and sustainable ecosystem. It facilitates the investment process for all parties, making it easier for start-ups to raise investment and for investors to build diverse portfolios. Visit for more information

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