At WABF23, we aim to connect promising early-stage African entrepreneurs to a powerful network of investors, mentors, and coaches to accelerate their growth, and provide them with resources they can use to develop into regional powerhouses.

As part of this initiative, the Wharton African Student Association is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Venture Competition at this year’s conference. Contestants will submit an application outlining their start-up or idea, and we will select 4 or 5 finalists to pitch to an experienced panel of judges and the audience at the conference.

We have received several applications to date and are looking forward to many more. If you believe that your idea has what it takes, please read through the eligibility details below and submit your application by Friday, October 16th at 11:59PM EST using the form at the bottom of this page.

Why compete?

The four finalists gain…

  • Automatic entry onto short-list to compete for a spot in the ALN Ventures Accelerator
  • The opportunity to present in front of top Africa-focused VCs and leading minds in entrepreneurship
  • Access to networking opportunities with others interested in African entrepreneurship

…and the grand prize winner receives $5,000 of funding for their venture

What you need to know:

Eligibility Criteria

  • Venture must be Africa-focused
  • Can be non-profit, for-profit, or social enterprise
  • Less than $50,000 raised to date in external funding
  • Fewer than 50 employees

Submission Instructions

  • Deadline of Friday, October 16th, 11:59PM EST
  • 3 page (maximum) deck including 1 page on leadership team (no limit for appendix which can be referred to for Q&A)
  • Deck must highlight problem and solution proposed, and must demonstrate unique competitive advantage and potential for significant growth in the next five years

Competition Logistics

  • Finalists will be notified by Friday, October 23rd
  • Finalist are expected to purchase tickets to the conference if they choose to attend and present
  • At conference, each contestant will present for 5 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for Question + Answer from judges
  • Judges will select one winner for the grand prize

To apply, please complete the form below:

Any questions? Please contact us here

We reserve the right to disqualify any team that misrepresents any internal or external data in its application.

Meet Our Judges

Our judges represent diverse backgrounds in venture funding and entrepreneurship

Pardon Makumbe Co-founder, CRE Ventures

Selena Cuffe Co-founder and CEO, Heritage Link Brands

Jon Gosier Founder, Cross Valley Capital