How it works

Competition framework

Competition Framework

Southern Africa Startup Awards is part of Global Startup Awards, a global competition to recognise the best talents of the global startup ecosystem. The overall process of the competition bottom-up (from national level up to the regional and global level) consists of 4 different phases, which are described below.

Phase 1: Nomination opens
Anyone can nominate a person, company or organisation in all categories per country through an online nomination system. Data is gathered from all nominees based on the criteria of each category for the following phase of the competition.

Phase 2: Selecting National Finalists
A group of ambassadors from each country, through a selection process, evaluate the nominees and choose the best talents based on the criteria of each category which are gathered into a shortlist. The shortlist consists of a minimum of 5 national finalists per category on each country.

Phase 3: Finding National Winners
Public Voting
Once the shortlist is published online, the public voting for National Finalists opens through an online system. Individuals can only vote one time per finalist.

Phase 4: Finding Regional Winners
Public Voting
Once the National Winners are published online, public voting opens through an online system. Individuals can only vote one time per finalist.

Phase 5: Finding Global Winners
Public Voting
Once the Regional Winners are published online, public voting opens through an online system. Individuals can only vote one time per finalist.