The Startups' challenge debut was in 2017. Then came 2018 where 353 Startups applied, 100 were selected and pitched at NIW. Out of the pitching startups 15 were recognised as the Most Promising Startups of 2018.
A majority of them have scaled to new growth levels and are now telling their success stories. Meet Adan of Ecodudu telling it as it is.
Create and update your profile on the NIW.Startups platform.
As an applicant, you will be expected to fill in the application form and as part of the application upload a 3-minute video pitching your idea.
Call for applications closes.
You will no longer be able to update your startup profile nor will you be able to create a new startup. You will however be able to continue upating and curating your personal profile.
First filtering and selection of applications down to 100 start-ups.
The selection of your startup will depend on the completeness of the startup's profile, alignment to the eligibility criteria, your team composition and the completeness of your team members' profiles.
Training is provided for the 100 start-ups.
The 100 start-ups will attend sessions with mentors and trainers.
The 100 start-ups will pitch to a panel of judges made up of industry experts.
One start-up pitch will take 15 minutes total (5 minutes for pitching & 10 minutes for Q&A). The pitching will be filmed, edited and uploaded on Nairobi Innovation Week YouTube Channel.
Assessment is done of the 100 start-ups by the judges.
Top 30 start-ups (15 Early Stage and 15 Growth Stage) are announced.
Training seminar done for the 30 most promising start-ups.
Pitching done by 30 start-ups and filtered to 6.
Announcement of the 6 most promising start-ups.
Publicity done for NIW with the 6 most promising start-ups.
6 most promising Start-ups pitch.
Allan Gill Gray Entrepreneurship competition finalists will pitch alongside the 6 most promising.