Southern Africa Startup Awards — South Africa, in partnership with Startup Grind Johannesburg had the pleasure of hosting the 1st Annual SASAwards South Africa national finals at a prestigious event on the 24th October 2018, at The Bird House in Johannesburg.
The event was hosted by Nomalanga Sithole, Founder of The Voice Within and Siphumelele Zondi, Anchor of Network on SABC. Over 150 startup ecosystem stakeholders and leaders in business attended the function to award, recognise and celebrate key players in South Africa’s startup ecosystem.
15 winners in 15 categories were selected out of 75 finalists through public voting, and an adjudication process.
An esteemed panel which was made up of Clive Butkow, Hilton Theunissenand Tiyani Nghonyama had an engaging discussion on “The practical tools and strategies that startups can use to meet the demands of the 4th industrial revolution.” The panel was moderated by Startup Grind Johannesburg Director Beth Malatji, who is also the founder of ReBeth Wines, which guests had an opportunity to enjoy on the night.
McKevin Ayaba, CEO of Southern Africa Startup Awards, made mention in an impassioned address to the guests, that the initiative focuses on creating an enabling platform to accelerate the growth of young leaders in the country and Africa, by recognising their achievements and creating local and international connections for them.
“In order to encourage more entrepreneurs, we as a continent must create an ecosystem of support for them. And one way we can all play a part in reviving and fostering Africa’s entrepreneurial engine is to recognize and celebrate our nation’s entrepreneurs”. Said McKevin.
These winners are leaders who are not just focused on personal wealth creation, but have dedicated time, energy and resources to making an impact on the lives of others in the various communities they are involved in. They were all invited to share their amazing startup journeys in the newly established Southern Africa Startup Magazine announced by COO, Flo Mosoane.
The winners will represent South Africa at the Regional Grand Finale of the Southern Africa Startup Awards scheduled for the 21st — 22nd of November 2018 in Johannesburg.
Southern Africa Startup Awards is a circuit of the world renowned Global Startup Awards, which provides an annual spotlight on web/tech startups in regions across the globe. Global Startup Awards It is one of the largest independent startup-ecosystem competitions, started in the Nordics in 2012, covering more than 45 countries in 7 regions.
Since 2012 in the Nordics, Global Startup Awards has grown to include South East Asia, Central Europe, SAARC Region (South Asia), and now East Asia, Baltics and Southern Africa which launched in 2018.