Viva Technology and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank, are launching for the first time the AfricaTech Awards, a pan-African initiative to recognize and support the most innovative startups on the continent.
The AfricaTech Awards, supported by Proparco and sponsored by Cassava Technologies, New Energy Nexus, Orange and Deloitte Africa, will recognize African startups that are driving positive innovation and development impact in three main sectors: Climate Tech, Health Tech and FinTech. Participating startups had until 3 April 2022 to submit their applications. With the support of Viva Technology and the IFC, a panel of industry experts from Viva Technology partner Deloitte shortlisted the 45 most promising candidates before shortlisting 9 finalists.
The winners in each category will be presented with their awards at the 2022 event in Stage One on Thursday 16 June.
The nine startups selected are:
In the Health Tech category sponsored by Orange:
- Aviro Health
- Wala Digital Health
In the FinTech category sponsored by Cassava Technologies:
In the Climate Tech category sponsored by New Energy Nexus:
- Easy Matatu
- WEEE Centre
Female Founder Challenge
For the fourth consecutive year, VivaTech, in partnership with 50inTech, is launching the Female Founder Challenge sponsored by Société Générale with the support of our expert partner Avolta Partners. This challenge aims to facilitate VC-startup meetings to accelerate the funding of women-led startups worldwide and to encourage VC funds to commit to more gender equality at all levels. The five finalist startups (out of 30 selected) were announced on 4 May:
Susu (Bola Bardet) - France/Afrique - Health
Deep Planet (Sushma Shankar) - Royaume-Unis - Food
MICA AI Medical (Lilia Leye Shwartsman)- Israel - Health
AML Factory (Charlotte Gaudin) - France - Software/Fintech
Resortecs (Vanessa Conaert ) - Belgique - Luxury/Greentech
They will pitch their project on 17 June at noon on Stage 2, in front of a jury of investors: Didier Lallemand (Société Générale Ventures), Shikha Ahluwalia (Balderton), Candice du Fretay (Accel), Nicolas Bedock (Eurazeo) and Stéphanie Chan (Samaipata Partner).
The startup DFNS, specialising in cybersecurity and cryptocurrency, founded by Clarisse Hagège won the 2021 prize. Less than a year later, it has just raised €12.3 million from a dozen funds.
Next Unicorn Awards
For the fourth time, VivaTech is organizing the Next Unicorn Awards, a prize that aims to promote the European tech ecosystem by highlighting high-potential European scale-ups (six winners per category + one grand prize winner).
In partnership with international investment bank GP Bullhound, with the support of Capgemini Ventures, the European Innovation Council (EIC), White & Case and with the contribution of five leading investment funds: Accel, Balderton Capital, Eurazeo, Northzone and Partech, VivaTech has established its "Top 100 Next Unicorns” to identify the most promising European scaleups likely to become unicorns in the near future (startups valued at more than one billion dollars and born after 2000).
The most promising scaleups will be rewarded on Stage 2 of VivaTech, on 15 June at 5pm. The jury, composed of key players in the tech ecosystem and VivaTech's founding partners, will select the winners in the following categories: Fintech, Marketplaces, SaaS Companies, Digital Media, AI, Deeptech & Big Data and the Coup de Coeur category, which will be announced in June. Previous winners include Vinted, OpenClassrooms, Sorare and Tessian, among others.
On this occasion GP Bullhound will exclusively publish the 2022 edition of its annual "Titans of Tech" report, which analyses the growth of Europe's leading technology companies and identifies several key players with the potential to achieve the status of "Titan", a company valued at more than 50 billion dollars and founded after 2000.
Of the 14 countries listed, the UK led with 24 scaleups, followed by France and Germany with 18 and 16 scaleups respectively. In 2022, more than 40% of the selected scaleups are so-called impact companies, proof that sustainability is becoming a major trend in the technology ecosystem.
Last year's winners were Aiven, Vivino, Sumup, Ecovadis and Sorare. Of these winners, three have already become unicorns (Aiven, Sumup and Sorare)!
Next Startupper Challenge
This challenge, organized in partnership with FrenchFounders, allows budding entrepreneurs and startups to pitch their project in real-life conditions, test their concept and make valuable connections with investors, mentors and peers.
To be considered for this year's event, students proposed a project for a sustainable and inclusive world. All finalists will be invited to VivaTech on Saturday 18 June at 10am on Stage 2 to be in the spotlight and receive mentoring to help them take their project to the next level. The 2022 Grand Prize winner will have the opportunity to present their project at their own Startup Corner at the next edition of VivaTech.
The seven finalists are:
- Sheeriz, by Séverine Labady (22), an application for friendly encounters between girls that allows them to meet, socialise and exchange in a safe and friendly manner.
- ELDA, by Julie Aubert (23), a snowpack analysis and avalanche triggering system to help ski areas, roads and isolated villages to protect themselves against avalanches.
- Eyekeepit, by Basile Maddalena (21), designer of innovative solutions to help motorists respect safety distances.
- Helean, by Charbel Imad (21), uses Artificial Intelligence to predict the number of people in a restaurant and its turnover.
- Redivie, by Paola Grès (23), a turnkey second-hand service for clothing brands.
- Voltiris, by Dominik Blaser (25), develops and markets solar modules compatible with agriculture.
- TrackR, by Charles Arnault (23), is a SaaS that allows NGOs to send and receive funds securely, transparently, and bypassing bank restrictions.
In 2021, the Grand Prize was awarded to Mouhamed Seck, a student and entrepreneur from KEDGE. He presented his Ownlabs project, which allows high schools to offer their students a fun and modern way to perform scientific experiments in an augmented reality lab. Today, the Senegal-based startup is called Venturi, and aims, according to its founder, to "democratize education and vocational training,” especially for physics, chemistry and biology.
LVMH Innovation Award: On 16 June at 10 am on Stage One, LVMH will reward the most promising startups during the ceremony for the LVMH Innovation Award. Six startups will be recognized in six categories corresponding to the LVMH Group's major challenges. A special prize will be awarded to the most promising solution based on data and artificial intelligence. One of the finalists will be named the grand prize winner of the Innovation Award, and all the winners will have the opportunity to join La Maison des Startups, the Group's accelerator at Station F.