Application for the Pivot East mobile startup competition has been declared open from March 31, 2015.

The competition focuses on accelerating the growth of mobile startups in other to augment and amalgamate the improvements of East Africa’s mobile developer and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Objective for this year’s event is centred on the theme ‘To facilitate discovery of the next wave of high potential mobile startups in the region’.

“Applications to compete in 2015 will be entered as detailed startup profiles which describe the customer’s pain, the startups solution, revenue streams, team composition and commitment, market traction, short-term projections, milestones among other aspects,” an excerpt on the official website states.

The categories involved are: mobile finance, mobile enterprise, mobile entertainment, mobile society, governance and mobile utilities.

“Applicants are encouraged to start building and curating their startup profiles early as they might need to research or source some of the information required widely. They are also required to upload a short (max 5 mins) video of the founders expressing the mission and strength of their startups.”

Telecom operators, government operatives, development partners and other key mobile industry players from East Africa will be on ground to watch five finalists from each category pitch their ideas.

The event is an East Africa premier mobile startups pitching competition held annually since 2011. It is an m:Lab initiative designed to amplify and consolidate the gains of East Africa’s Mobile developer and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Pivot East is organized by m:lab East Africa, a consortium comprising iHub, eMobilis, University of Nairobi and the World Wide Web Foundation.

Click here for more information/criteria about the competition; deadline for submission of applications is April 30, 2015.

Credit: Pivot East

Olumuyiwa Coker Author

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