How to Apply for African App Launchpad 2021 for African Startups

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African App Launchpad

Applications are open for the African App Launchpad 2021. The African App Launchpad (AAL) initiative is an Africa-wide platform aiming to build the capacity of Youth from Egypt and the other African States and foster the establishment of sustainable startups in the area of the advanced ever-changing app and game technologies.

AAL targets to build a capacity of 10,000 young calibers and support the establishment of 100 startups in gaming and app development across all Africa. AAL works by availing a high-quality, technology-learning online platform through crowd-sourcing top online content developed by prestigious universities and leading companies, and delivered through three leading MOOCs; Coursera, edX, and Udacity.

Competition Tracks

  • Game Development: Join this track if your startup team is working on game development, VR, or AR applications.
  • App Development:Join this track if your startup team is working on specific App development using any technology. (Mobile, Cloud, Web, IOT, AI, .. etc)


  • Three winners for each of the two tracks: USD 12K, 8K, 4K.
  • The other top finalists will receive USD 1K each.
  • A real-time online business planning training will be offered to finalists by IBM.
  • Top Startups will be invited to join the “Startup with IBM” program through which they can get cloud credits to build and scale their solutions.
  • Mentorship and coaching sessions from IBM experts to top winning startups.


  • Applicant may be from any of the eligible African Countries:
    • Egypt, Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, The Gambia, Nigeria, Togo and Uganda.
  • Apply as Teams or Startups up to 2 Years Old.
  • Team Size not Less than 2 Members.
  • A Working Prototype at least is a Must.

Judging Criteria

The submitted applications as well as pitching will be judged on the 3 following areas:

  • Business Model
  • ICT Technology Role
  • Team Experience and Integration


Register by October 31, 2021 in the AAL Cup and compete on $72K prizes.

Click here to apply

For more information, see FAQ and visit AAL.

Deadline: October 31, 2021

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