An Arielle for Africa and Venture Cup China Initiative

The Africa Startup Summit 2022

Showcasing the best founders on the continent via this global stage to go on and compete in the USWC 2022 Global finals. 

The winner for 2021, a Zimbabwean student secured $100,000 in funding, YOU COULD BE NEXT! 

Aside from the Startup competition the Summit will feature conversations around; 

-African MSME’s and SME’s accessing china as market for their products and services. 

-The China-Africa ecosystem for startup founders. 

-How African founders can tap into the continental and global markets. 

Founders across Africa and African diaspora founders are welcome to pitch at the competition for the opportunity to access funding and additional prizes! 

Kindly note that to apply you will have to fit into at least one of the categories outlined below. 


Green startups seek to leverage technology to create environmentally-friendly products and to encourage social good.


Health startups seek to improve the delivery, payment, and/or consumption of care, with the ability to increase the development and commercialization of medicinal products.


A startup is called digital when its main assets are linked to technological investments. Digital Startups are contributing to and feeding off of technological changes at the same time.


A social startup is a newly established, market-oriented venture committed to solve cultural, environmental and/or social issues. Rather than being driven by profit, a social startup is committed instead to make the world a better place.

Important Dates

Take note of the following dates if you are interested in  participating in, attending or speaking at the Summit. 

Application Deadline for founders pitching at the event

The Application deadline for all founders will be on the 6th of May 2022. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a pitch with the Arielle for Africa team before final selections between the 11th and 18th of May 2022. 

Announcement of final partners, founders and speakers

All founders, speakers and partners will be notified by our team on the 20th of May 2022 of their participation. 

SUMMIT DAY! – Hybrid Event

The Summit will be held on June 16th 2022 and will be streamed LIVE WORLDWIDE. 

The Summit will also feature an in-person audience in Kenya and in China.


The Africa 
Competition – USWC 2021

We featured 10 founders across 7 African markets as we hosted the first Africa regional competition. The event hosted 13 nationals as speakers, founders and hosts. 

This year we are going for more impact, wider reach and the best founders Africa has to offer! 

Watch the event from last year below to see the finalists shortlisted for the global competition!