Last Thursday, on September the 18th, BiD Network hosted the Investment Battle of Get in the Ring Africa. Ten of the most promising entrepreneurs from all over Africa came together in Kigali, Rwanda, for an exciting challenge and a day full of training sessions, meetings with investors, workshops and networking opportunities. A soulful performance by Nigerian star Bez and interviews with inspiring entrepreneurs in between the pitching battles made the evening a festive event for everyone who joined us.
The 10 finalists gave their all in the pitching battles in their attempt to convince a jury of six investors of their business plans. In five exciting one-on-one battling rounds the entrepreneurs had to tackle five different topics regarding their businesses in just 25 seconds per topic, followed by a Q&A session with the jury. After all the entrepreneurs had taken the stage, the jury left the room to make the final decision on who was going to be the champion of Get in the Ring Africa 2014. In the meantime the audience enjoyed a catching performance by Bez, which was also a moment for our finalists to blow off some steam and to prepare for what was next.
Finally, the moment was there: the jury had returned and the finalists had gathered together on the stage, waiting nervously for the outcome of the battle. It was a close call, but the jury decided that the winner of this year’s African Final is Justin Coetzee from South Africa. With his business GoMetro he has built a mobile application that provides information, updates and announcements regarding public transport for cities in South Africa. Justin has won a business trip to the Netherlands to take a spot in the International Final of Get in the Ring, taking place on the 21st of November in Rotterdam. During this grand finale, 8 promising startups from all over the world will compete against each other to secure an investment up to € 1,000,000 to grow their business.
The competition has demonstrated the great potential of African startups and the interest of investors from Africa and beyond in supporting these startups to grow. We thank all the entrepreneurs, investors, partners and other attendees for turning this Regional Final of Africa into a success and we are especially proud of our 10 finalists. We can now starting focusing on the International Final in November for which we are thrilled to see GoMetro back in the ring again.