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Africa Tech Festival 2023 – The Home of AfricaCom & AfricaTech
Event dates: 13-16 Nov
Exhibition Opening Dates: 14 - 16 NovCape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town

Africa Tech Festival Awards

A celebration of innovation, inclusion, and sustainable development across the continent

Join us in our revamped event, featuring a fresh venue and an exclusive, premium experience. Our focus is on recognizing organizations and individuals driving innovation, promoting inclusion, and fostering sustainable development.

Get ready for a purpose-driven awards ceremony that highlights the remarkable achievements shaping Africa's tech ecosystem. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of an unforgettable evening that merges prestige, purpose, and a commitment to a brighter tomorrow.

Save the date and stay tuned for updates on the Africa Tech Festival Awards 2023 as we celebrate excellence and ignite a transformative journey towards a technologically advanced and sustainable Africa!


The Africa Tech Festival Awards campaign takes place over three main stages:

Nominations: A one-month period to submit your entries, either for yourself or on behalf of someone else, to be considered for an award.

Public Voting: Up to five candidates will make the shortlist. Only three will move on to become finalists. The three candidates with the most votes from the public will then move on to our final stage.

Judges Voting: Our expert panel of judges will look at the entries of each of our finalists and score them against a set of criteria to determine our winners!

Celebrate Excellence at the 2023 Gala Dinner!

The Africa Tech Festival Awards are back in 2023, and this year, we're taking the celebration to new heights with a prestigious formal gala dinner at the iconic Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. 

We'll kick off the evening with a drinks reception, giving guests the opportunity to mingle and network with one another before being seated for a fabulous three-course meal, followed by the award show.

Get ready for an evening of glamour, excitement, and recognition as we honour the brightest stars of Africa's thriving tech ecosystem!

Explore the 2023 categories

Nominations for the 2023 Africa Tech Festival Awards will open in August.

Be sure to register your interest to stay in the loop & ensure you don't miss the entry deadline!

Connectivity For All Award

Innovation for Impact

CXO of the Year Award

Changing Lives Award

Female Innovator of the Year Award

Sustainability Champion of the Year

Fintech Innovation of the Year Award

Start-Up of the Year Award

HealthTech Innovation of the Year Award

Discover last year's winners

Congratulations to all the 2022 winners! 

You could be featured here this year. Nominations will open soon, so keep your eyes peeled for your chance to win in 2023!

Connectivity Project of the Year Award

WINNER: NuRAN Wireless

This award celebrates the network providers and services going above-and-beyond to provide connectivity in an environment where demand has never been higher, and broadband has become a lifeline for access to education & economic activity.

Most Innovative Product or Service Award

WINNER: Orange, Mahali

This Award recognises a game-changing product or service that has provided it's target market with significant new opportunities for revenue growth or customer satisfaction.

CXO of the Year Award

WINNER: Samuel Chiwanda, Click Mobile 

'The CXO of the Year Award' recognises the outstanding achievements of CEOs, CTOs, CIOs, CDOs and others in driving development within the African tech space.

Changing Lives Award

WINNER: Hormuud Telecom

This award recognises organisations and initiatives that have made a significant contribution to helping us build a more accessible and inclusive digital world.

Female Innovator of the Year Award

WINNER: Oladiwura Oladepo, Tech4Dev 

It's time to celebrate female achievement and contribution to technology, media & telecoms this year. This award will recognise the outstanding achievements of women who are playing a crucial role in African technology and telecommunications.

Africa’s Rising Star Award

WINNER: Joseph Lumbahe, Aizatron Group

Africa's Rising Star Awards has been launched to celebrate the emerging talent in African tech - recognising and identifying future leaders and disruptors.

Green ICT Champion

WINNER: Olufunso Somorin, African Development Bank

The Green ICT Champion of the Year Award celebrates the individual or organisation leading on the development and integration of sustainable energy solutions.

Fintech Innovation of the Year Award

WINNER: Kyanda Africa

The Fintech Innovation of the Year Award recognises the organisation, project or individual who has disrupted the African Fintech space.

Start-Up of the Year Award

WINNER: Womenovate

New for 2022, the Start-up of the Year Award recognises the most innovative start-up, that has showcased potential over the last year for high growth and purpose-driven impact.

HealthTech Innovation of the Year Award

WINNER: Nextwear Technologies

New for 2022, this award recognises emerging technologies for healthcare across Africa that are changing lives, advancing healthcare, and impacting individuals and communities for the better.

VC / Investor of the Year Award

WINNER: Meridiam

This Award recognises the most impactful fund in Africa, which provides investment to support, build and scale their investee businesses.

2022 Awards Highlights

Check out the highlights from the 2022 Awards drinks reception!

2022 Judges

Meet the expert panel of judges who determined last year's winners!

Laurie Fuller

Venture Partner

Raiven Capital

Toyosi Odukoya

Head of Business Intelligence

Mastercard Foundation

Paula Gilbert


Connecting Africa News

Thecla Mbongue

Senior Analyst


Russell Southwood


Balancing Act

Dion Jerling


Connecting Earth

Abe Wakama

Managing Director

IT News Africa

Matt Reed

Chief Analyst