Takes Top Prize at the 2012 Cameroon Startup Challenge

Ben and myself are very excited to see take home the Grand Prize at the 2012 Cameroon Startup Challenge. The awards event held in Douala was an electric evening filled with positive energy and enthusiasm from all the invited guests. is a social TV platform that lets viewers engage their favorite TV shows in real-time. The service brings television programming to life by allowing viewers to, for example, share their excitement when their favorite football team scores a goal or join a heated debate on a social issue. By unlocking this real-time sharing, integrates a missing social layer into any television program. The service also provides viewers with additional context and information on the program they are viewing, introducing an important tool for editorial staff.

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Deadline Extension for CSC2012 Entries

As the deadline for CSC2012 fast approaches, we’ve had a number of entrepreneurs step forward to request an extension. The quality of contestants is high and we know that entrepreneurs are going to great lengths to perfect their prototypes, documentation and video pitches. The group of challengers that is forming quickly represent the top innovators in Cameroon. Many are gaining a following and important visibility. In an effort to give everyone the opportunity to put forward their best and to join this group of innovators, we have decided to extend the deadline until August 31st. However, we do want to make clear that this is the ultimate and final deadline for submitting your application.

One frequent request we’ve heard is for us to review the Solution Description, Pilot Test Plan and Sustainability Plan for a project. As much as we enjoy offering advice and coaching, as panel judges we unfortunately can’t advise teams this way. What we can do, however, is provide a link to a model document. This was an entry to the Chembe Ventures Urban Security Challenge, launched in 2010 by our colleague Sean Murphy and the Betavine Social Exchange. The level of detail is quite high here and, in fact, we’d be pleased to see a document that follows this example but at a shorter length.

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Announcing the 2012 Cameroon Startup Challenge

Press Release: Amsterdam – Mon, May 7, 2012 9:00 AM CET

Today, VC4Africa, the largest online community of venture capitalists, angels and entrepreneurs dedicated to building businesses in Africa, and Sanaga Ventures, an early stage investment firm with a focus on African tech ventures, launched the Cameroon Startup Challenge. The competition offers a cash prize of USD $5,000 for the most innovative web, mobile or hardware-based business venture in Cameroon. As an additional benefit, the winning venture is eligible to be incubated at ActivSpaces, Cameroon’s leading technology hub, and receive ongoing support, oversight, services and mentoring. An awards ceremony will be held in Cameroon at the close of the challenge with the top three startups, participants, judges, invited guests, a video crew and local press. Entries will be accepted from May 7th – July 6th, 2012.

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