Southern Africa Startup Awards is a circuit of Global Startup award, first launched in 2018. SASA is the first annual award to celebrate and recognise the spirit of innovation and achievement in the startup ecosystem in Southern Africa (SADC) by connecting regional ecosystem for global visibility.
Over and above the global GSA objective, SASAwards hopes to weave a thread of unity and collaboration among African countries, through entrepreneurship and innovation.
The event in essence mixes the immediate and real needs of local entrepreneurs with best practices and services from the global community.
This is achieved through partnerships with grass root support service providers (both public and private), academic institutions, organised business / chambers of commerce, research partners, local branches of big business and the three tiers of government.
This approach ensures that the event is a targeted intervention with tangible immediate results. The Expo is a place where entrepreneurs can get one-on-one free advice from organisations that provide all the services a business needs to run smoothly and sustainably as well as the organisations that provide support and funding.
The Conference educates and informs entrepreneurs as to the many possibilities that exist as well as to how they can run their business more profitably and sustainably. Naturally, policies and relevant legislation will also be dealt with.
A business lives or dies on its sales.
A key component to the event will be a pitching session where both existing entrepreneurs and those with an idea can pitch to a panel of experienced and hard hitting entrepreneurs who will give solid advice and guidance. The winner will receive mentorship and relevant support to further enhance their business.