By Abdul Rahman Bangura–
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone– The Global Startup Awards (GSA) is intensifying its existence across all the African nations. The GSA is the widest autonomous startup ecosystem awards forum with a mission to find, recognize and bind the future shapers of the digital age from all around the globe. Hitherto the introductory liftoff of the Southern African chapter in 2018, the emphasis on African tech innovators and the continent’s ecosystem has evolve a transnational priority, with a essential pointer of this, being the upswing in foreign direct investment in African tech startups growing to over $2 billion in 2019 – a 567% rise from 2016, according to Partech Africa Annual Reports. The expansion of the GSA Africa will now comprise all 54 African nations constituting of South, North, East and West African territories, thereby furnishing the continent with timely admission to an established, independent and united universal creation showcase.
“This expansion is critical as the Awards were born from a vision to overcome borders for collaboration. Now, with the addition of these territories, we are able to connect, support, and celebrate key players in more than 105 countries across 10 regions,” mumbles – Péter Kovács , Global Startup Awards Founding Partner.
However, the development will be driven by Loudhailer, an award-winning innovation engagement agency, committed to correlating ecosystems to enable key market alternatives and create global connections. “Africa is earmarked to be the tech continent of the future and is the world’s fastest-growing market, making it crucial to bring African innovation partners into the global GSA network,” asserted Caitlin Nash, Loudhailer Cofounder and Partner. “Our mission now is to help African startups and partners get noticed, get funded, and get supported to scale faster – enabling world-changing technologies,” added Jo Griffiths Loudhailer Co-founder and Partner.
For McKevin Ayaba, Co-Founder of the Southern Africa Startup Awards, this expansion is remarkably poignant. “A vision that started three years ago has now become a continent-wide celebration of innovation. The purpose of the Awards is to build regional connectivity and global visibility. With Loudhailer at the helm, we’re celebrating Africa and putting African startups, the people behind them, and the organizations that work alongside these visionaries on the map. I couldn’t be more excited.” As GSA extends into Africa in 2020, the Southern Africa Awards have also rebranded in line with the African launch.
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent
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