In the seven years since the launch of the MTN Business App of the Year Awards we’ve seen some stellar creations from locals.

Past winners include payment app SnapScan, delivery on-demand service WumDrop and last year’s winner Zulzi, which delivers groceries from different retailers to customers within the hour.

This year MTN hopes to find the next big app in South Africa.

“The MTN Business App of the Year Awards is an accelerator for innovators and entrepreneurs to not only create solutions that assist society, but also to launch and grow sustainable businesses,” says chief enterprise business officer at MTN Business, Wanda Matandela.

“These are businesses that will provide pioneering solutions to customers, contribute to economic growth and create much-needed employment opportunities,” adds the exec.

This year MTN is looking for mobile and desktop apps in the following categories:

  • Best Enterprise App
  • Best Consumer App
  • Best Incubated App
  • Most Innovative App
  • Best Breakthrough Developer
  • Best Gaming App (mobile gaming and gamification)
  • Best Educational App
  • Best ‘Women in STEM’ Developer (in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)
  • Best ‘South African’ App
  • Best Agricultural App
  • Best Health App
  • Best Financial App

The overall winner of the event will receive a trip to Silicon Valley worth R200 000.

“Previous winners have made the most of this prize by networking with key players in what is arguably the world’s technology and innovation mecca, and have secured investments that have enabled them to take their apps and businesses to the next level,” says MTN.

Developers have until 6th September to submit their apps for consideration in the awards. These apps can be submitted on the MTN Business App of the Year Awards website.