IFC/MIIC Next 100 African Startups Initiative 2018 (Fully-funded to Africa Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh)

IFC/MIIC Next 100 African Startups Initiative 2018 (Fully-funded to Africa Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh)

Deadline: October 21, 2018

Applications are open for The Next 100 African Startups Initiative, a program, launched in partnership between the Egyptian Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation (MIIC) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The program will select up to 100 promising African start-ups to participate in the Africa 2018 Forum in Sharm El-Sheikh on December 8-10. Selected startups will be given the opportunity to connect with international investors and financial institutions, government officials, and policymakers from the African continent.

Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem has grown rapidly over the past decade, thanks to growing momentum among its entrepreneurs and increased collaboration between a number of key regional entities. This has resulted in a significantly enhanced ecosystem and more funding opportunities. The Africa 2018 Forum, which takes place in Sharm El-Sheikh from December 8-9, under the patronage of H.E. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, offers an opportunity to take this burgeoning ecosystem a step further.

The initiative’s aim is to unlock the region’s entrepreneurial potential by showcasing Africa’s best and brightest entrepreneurs and start-ups, and creating markets for early stage businesses. The program targets Africa-based startups that have already demonstrated some level of success, either by generating revenue or by developing a working prototype. The selected startups and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to network with, and be connected to, top business and political leaders. 


Travel and accommodation expenses for startups will be covered by IFC if needed.


  • Open to African startups

Selection Criteria

Companies will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • STAGE OF OPERATION: The company must either be generating revenue with demonstrated early success, or have a working prototype or a product on the market.
  • PREVIOUS FUNDING: Typically, the company would have already received one or two rounds of funding and is now seeking Series A or Series B funding in the coming year
  • POSITIVE IMPACT: The company must have the potential to make a substantial long-term impact on African business and society as well as a commitment to improving the region.
  • VIABILITY: The company should have well-formulated goals and plans for development.
  • LEADERSHIP: The company must have visionary leadership with the capacity to drive it towards success.
  • INDEPENDENT COMPANY: The company must not be a subsidiary or a joint venture.

An independent committee will be given the task of selecting the participants for the Next 100 African Startups Initiative.


Click here to apply.

For more information, visit Next 100 African Startups Initiative.