Andza entries open until 19 July 2019: SA’s top start-ups to compete for R10m in investment funding and acceleration

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Andza, a competition which aims to develop South Africa’s top entrepreneurs and fast-track them to success, will be open for entries until 19 July 2019.

Andza offers South Africa’s top start-ups the chance to be considered for R10 million in investment funding and acceleration. The winner will also receive a cash prize of R250 000 while each of the two runners-up will receive R125 000.

The SA Innovation Summit, Africa’s biggest start-up event, is hosting Andza in collaboration with the SA SME Fund, which is committed to developing South African entrepreneurs as an integral part of developing the country’s economy.


Andza is a XiTsonga word meaning to grow and multiply in great numbers, and this resonates with what the competition envisions for South African businesses.

Andza will focus on seed, venture and growth stage businesses. Following an extensive, country-wide search for the country’s most innovative and talented entrepreneurs, the search will be narrowed to the 10 best start-ups who will pitch their businesses in front of a panel of industry leaders at the 2019 SA Innovation Summit which is taking place in Cape Town from 11-13 September.

The top start-ups will be considered for acceleration to the value of up to R10 million through the SA SME Fund’s partners, which include Knife Capital, 4Di Capital and Savant Capital. In order to be eligible for acceleration, participants will need to meet the requirements of the specific accelerator.

Entrepreneurs are encouraged to take this opportunity and enter their innovative solutions before the closing date of 19 July 2019.

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About the SA Innovation Summit: 

The SA Innovation Summit is an annual flagship event on the African innovation calendar. It provides a platform for nurturing, developing and showcasing African innovation, as well as facilitating innovation thought-leadership. Created to support and promote innovation and facilitate collaboration, the event brings together entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, academia and policy makers to accelerate innovation and inspire sustained economic growth across Africa. Read more:

About the SA SME Fund: 

The SA SME Fund was established by members of the CEO Initiative – a collaboration between government, labour and business to address some of the most pressing challenges to the country’s economic growth – as an avenue of support for the SME sector. They allocate investment capital to accredited fund managers – venture capital or growth oriented equity funds – that invest directly in scalable small and medium enterprises with the best potential for growth and sustainable employment creation in the South African economy. Read more:

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