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The African App Launchpad (AAL) initiative is an Africa-wide platform aiming to build the capacity of Youth from Egypt and other African States and foster the establishment of sustainable startups in the area of the advanced ever-changing app and game technologies.

AAL targets to build capacity of 10,000 young calibers and support the establishment of 100 startups in gaming and app development across all of Africa. AAL works by providing a high-quality, online learning platform by crowd-sourcing top online content developed by prestigious universities and leading companies, delivered through three leading Massive Open Online Courses; Coursera, edX, and Udacity.



  • Eligible African Countries: Egypt, Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, The Gambia, Nigeria, Togo and Uganda
  • Apply as Teams or Startups up to 2 Years Old
  • Team Size not Less than 2 Members
  • A Working Prototype at least is a Must
  • The competition is for African startups on app and game development

Judging Criteria

The submitted applications as well as pitching will be judged on the following areas;

  • Innovation originality and creativity
  • Business model
  • Art and/or desing of the app/game
  • Team competencies


  • Three winners for each of the two tracks: USD 12K, 8K, 4K
  • The other 24 finalists: USD 1K each
  • A real-time online business planning training will be offered to finalists by GrindStone
  • GTM program delivered by Thinkroom Consultancy for the first place winners and funded by Microsoft
  • VC introduction from Microsoft Network across Africa

About Next Technology Leaders

The Next Technology Leaders mission is to build the capacity of young calibers on the latest information, communications, and electronics technologies. The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) leads to executing the NTL Initiative through the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency. Capacity building is to be orchestrated through the establishment of integral, practical, high-quality learning ecosystem, centered on the learner and supported by a distinctive content prepared through the collaborative effort of top universities and leading companies and is made available on globally leading MOOC platforms. The ecosystem is inclusive of a nationwide network of study group mentors that coaches learners and stimulate the learning process. A network of project reviewers also assesses and improve learning outcomes.