Starting a business can be tough in the best of times, so small companies and startup need all the help they can get.

After running a successful inaugural programme last year, Gartner is once again on the hunt for aspiring African startups to take part in its Aspiring Innovators Programme to run in conjunction with the annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2016.

“The startup companies have the opportunity to describe what they are doing in front of an audience who are looking for solutions and they are able to talk with senior IT decision-makers who visit their stands,” Gartner explained.

Last year, Build, Clevva, Encentivize, Mapzania, Nandie, Wyzetalk took the opportunity presented by Gartner, and is currently building their brand further with the help of MTN Business, who will again this year help the selected startups.

Who can apply?

Gartner is looking for early-stage startups that meet the following criteria:

  • Your company is based in Africa
  • Your company has fewer than 50 employees and less than R20 million revenue
  • Your product or solution supports B2B or corporate B2C use cases (we are not looking for purely consumer products)
  • Your product or solution is in production or beta, with at least two customers
  • You were not chosen for any previous Aspiring Innovator Programmes

If you meet these criteria, you can apply by sending your contact details, a ‘company CV’ and a short description of why your product is innovative to [email protected] by 26 February 2016.

The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2016 will take place from 26 – 28 September 2016 in Cape Town.

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