State of Education In Africa 2017 – Pitchfest Now Open

March 8, 2017


2017 Pitchfest Competition

The 2017 State of Education in Africa conference will stage a competition between newly-formed education-technology companies supporting African Education. On March 7, 2017, AAI launched its 2nd Pitchfest Competition to increase the visibility of the contributions of EdTech start-ups in advancing innovations and creativity to solve some of Africa’s most challenging needs across the field of education.

EdTech start-ups compete for the chance to win unrestricted cash prizes to support next stage development for the business.


Business/Company was legally formed no later than 1 March 2016.
At least 50% owned by African nationals.
Business/Company must be based and operate in Kenya.
Business/Company exists to support needs of or solve a problem in the education field through the use of technology.

Application Requirements

There is a three-step application process for all Pitchfest competition participants:

1) Applicants will complete a brief application ( identifying the company and the goals/objectives of their business and how they will use the prize money if awarded.
2) Applicants will submit a 90-second video (via YouTube or other online video site) showcasing their product/service. Applicants will also discuss how they will use the cash prize to support an innovation or expansion project.

3) Applicants agree to all rules and regulations issued by the Africa-America Institute and requirements pertaining to the competition. Competition winners must submit a report within 12-14 months on how the funds were utilized and the results. Rules and regulations are subject to change.


Key Dates:

3/7 – Launch Pitchfest Application

4/7 – Application Deadline

4/19 – Finalists Notified

5/3 – Finalist Presentations and Winners Announced at the State of Education in Africa conference

Final Pitchfest Presentations

On 3 May 2017, at the State of Education in Africa conference in Nairobi, Kenya, competition finalists will make short pitches of their businesses to conference attendees. Pitchfest finalists will be voted on during the conference, with the winners announced during the day’s closing session.

Competition Waivers

PitchFest competition participants and finalists agree to the following terms:

AAI is permitted to use video and photography footage submitted during the competition, including application materials, during the State of Education conference or in any way related to AAI;
AAI can determine when and how the footage is used, not excluding social media, promotional materials, etc;
AAI is not liable or responsible for the results of the business or initiative undertaken through use of the cash prize.

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