She Loves Tech

She Loves Tech East Africa Startup Competition 2018

The world’s largest startup competition focused on women and technology is back bigger and better! The She Loves Tech 2018 Global Startup Competition will be held in 14 locations across Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa and the UAE. With local rounds held from June to August, local round winners will finally meet in Beijing, China for the global finals happening at the International Conference on September 15, 2018.

Led by She Loves Tech Org, a global initiative aiming to showcase the convergence in the latest trends in technology, entrepreneurship, innovation and the opportunities it creates for women, the competition is expected to attract over 500 women impact and women-led startups from around the world, where they will benefit from an interconnected global network of like-minded innovators, mentors, investors, and other supporting organizations.

The East Africa round of the She Loves Tech competition is co-organized by China Africa Tech Initiative and will be held on July 14th, 2018 at Nairobi Garage.

She Loves Tech Prizes

  • Startup Booster Pack

The winner of the global final will receive a custom “Startup Booster Pack”, which consists of exclusive mentorships from leading investors and industry experts, consulting services (China landing, China IP protection, financial, legal and HR advisory, product and technology development, etc.),  fast-track entry to partner programs, media exposure, workspaces and more!

  • China Global Tech & Innovation Hub

Winners from each local round will receive a trip to Beijing, China where they will receive a spot to pitch on an international stage, attend the She Loves Tech 2018 International Conference, participate in a high-level boot camp, and gain numerous networking opportunities with China’s leading tech ecosystem players.

  • Singapore Tech Trip

The global final and Chinese round winners will also receive a trip to Singapore to participate in the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology’s (SWITCH) Women in Tech Conference, and visit startup incubator Block71, blockchain hubs, leading VCs etc. held on September 18- 21, 2018 (flights not covered). Supported by the Singapore government, (SWITCH) is Singapore’s first platform, showcasing the country’s vibrant entrepreneurial and technology innovation ecosystem.

  • Investment Opportunities

Teja Ventures, a venture capital fund with a gender lens and She Loves Tech’s official venture partner and other affiliate funds will be actively looking to invest in the top startups coming out of the global competition.

  • Judges, Mentors, and Special Guests

Leading VCs, funds and startup incubator/accelerator programs will be present at every round to judge, mentor, and look at the startups coming out of the competition. In addition, a mentorship session will be organized for the finalist startups pitching at every round.


  • Stage

Seeking Angel, Seed or A round funding (under US$5m funding raised) with, at the minimum, a viable product past its conceptual stage.

  • Focus

(a) Any entrepreneur, male or female, who is using technology to impact women positively:

  1. Are a significant proportion of end-users or consumers female?
  2. Are products specifically designed with women users in mind?
  3. Does the product itself address a problem that disproportionately affects women?


(b) At least one female entrepreneur must be part of the founding team who is using technology to solve a problem.

  • Technology

The use of science and innovation to invent useful things to solve problems. This extends beyond digital, information, or Internet-based technology and covers everything from hardware to the creation of new product and solutions to existing problems.

They are open to accepting startups from all industries, with a particular focus on startups in these verticals:

  • Agri Tech
  • Artificial Intelligence & Big Data
  • B to B Solutions
  • Blockchain
  • Consumer Tech
  • Clean Energy
  • FinTech
  • Edu Tech
  • Internet of Things
  • Med Tech

She Loves Tech Timeline

  1. May 8: She Loves Tech Global Registration Opens*
  2. June-August: Global Preliminary Rounds
  3. September 12-14: Boot Camp (Beijing, China)
  4. September 15: Global Finals & International Conference
  5. September 18-21: Singapore Tech Trip

*Registration deadline varies depending on round location.

How to Apply

If you are a woman entrepreneur or your product or business positively impacts women, please click here to apply today!

Registration for the East Africa round of the She Loves Tech 2018 Global Startup Competition ends on July 2nd, 2018.

For more information, please email

Deadline: 2nd July 2018


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