Building a stronger Africa

Hunting for Africa's Unicorns!

Empowered by Africa Business Council &  The African Union Commission

The Africa Business Council ( AfBC) is established as an institution in line with the African Union Assembly Decision on Boosting Intra African trade and Fast Tracking the Establishment of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

AfBC founding Vision is A competitive, innovative and borderless Africa for trade, investment, and industrialization.

Under the role of the AfBC established in line with the decision Summit of the African Union Heads of States as the Voice of the African Private Sector, as the premier advocacy arm and platform for the private sector cooperation & engagement at the African continental level and outside the continent with the main objective of realizing the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and opening International Markets for Value-added African Products. 

In line with the Africa Business Council mission to advocate for the African business interests of the private sector in the African region, provide a platform of engagement between policymakers at the AU level and the private sector, promote trade, industrialization, and investment amongst the African private sector, and between Africa and the rest of the world and foster cooperation and collaboration between the African private sector, business organizations. The Africa Business Council through the Business Development and Youth Committees, created and launched the “Africa’s Unicorn Pitches 2021 “The African Hunting platform for Unicorns”  , as an opportunity to provide promising Startups from Africa with the platform to pitch their innovative solutions, ideas, and technologies to all Africa's investors and audience of industry professionals.

The event aims to contribute & promote pan-African economic integration and structural transformation, create value propositions for businesses through the provision of information and opportunities for engagement and networking to support business growth, exchange of experiences and capacity building towards strengthening the private sector in Africa, as well as  supporting  and economic empowerment of women, and youth in the African and the global economy.

Africa's Unicorn Pitches taking place on November 11th 2021, during the  12th African Union Private Sector Forum, organized by the African Union Commission for Economic Development .Trade, Industry and Mining  and  the Africa Business Council.

Applications are open for Startups Pitching Event at The 12th African Union Private Sector Forum with an aim to connect new African startups seeking to raise funds with potential investors across the continent.

Join hundreds of investors and corporations across the continent to network, learn from experts and pitch in front of Africa’s investors & become one of the companies selected to pitch at Africa's Unicorn Pitches 2021.

Who can apply?

  • African Startups with African Founders
  • Companies not older than 3 years
  • Technology Enabled & Scalable Business Model
  • Start-ups with proven business model and existing market
  • Actively fundraising for an equity investment between 1 Million USD to 25 Million USD
  • Companies that have not received more than US$5 million in funding

What can we offer?

  • Pitching slot
  • Profile listed on the Africa Business Council website and promotional campaigns
  • Finalists will be sponsored to attend the High Level Event during the African Union Private Sector Forum 10-11 November in Cairo Egypt

How to apply?

Fill in a form for your start-up and Submit a short video (video link not more than 4 mins duration) describing who you are and how your startup would be propelling the future of Africa's economy.

The video presentation should cover the following topics:

  • Problem(s) your Startup/Project is solving
  • Your startup’s value proposition
  • Revenue stream
  • How much money do you want to raise and why?
Calling African Startups: Sign up now to Pitch at Africa’s Unicorn Pitches 2021  “Hunting for Africa’s Unicorns (High Level Pitch Event)” 

Deadline: 30 September 2021