The 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Innovative Startup Pitching Program 2019 (Fully Funded to Yokohama city, Japan)

Application Deadline: May 31th, 2019

Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) is the pioneer development forum on Africa led by the government of Japan since 1993 and co-hosted by United Nations, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and African Union Commission (AUC). The 7th summit will be held on 28th – 30th August, 2019 in Yokohama city, Japan.

At the occasion of TICAD 7, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) will jointly prepare a pitching stage for eligible startups from African countries.

This event is a TICAD7’s official side events, and it will be a unique opportunity for both startups offering innovative solutions to social challenges in Africa and Japanese investors/corporations to seek possible investment/partnership.

JICA and UNDP are pleased to inform that the two organizations will host selected startups from Africa to stage their business models during the side-event. A call for applications is now open from eligible startups with following conditions and details;

  1. Pitching Date and Venue:
    Friday, 30 August 2019 at Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama-City, Japan


    1. Business Category:
      TECH startup with innovative solution to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    2. Year of Establishment:
      Established in 2018 or earlier
    3. Funding Stage:
      Proof of the past funding – Has ever raised over USD 50,000 funding
    4. Business Location:
      • HQs is based in African countries
      • Products/Services have been launched in African market
    5. Other necessary points:
      • Passion/Will to acquire relation with Japanese investor(s) and/or partner(s) through participation to this pitch event in TICAD7
      • Available to stay in Tokyo/Yokohama from 28 August to 31 August.
    • The selected finalist(s) will be invited to TICAD7 for the pitching on the stage in front of potential investors/partners gathered from multiple countries.
    • Air tickets and accommodations for one personnel from each company will be covered by JICA/

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