StartUpAfrica’s Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner is an annual gathering which celebrates and recognizes our best and brightest entrepreneurs who have contributed significantly towards the development of entrepreneurship.

StartUpAfrica’s Entrepreneurship Awards Dinner

The awards recognize entrepreneurial achievement, contribution, and the demonstration of the true entrepreneurial spirit, and are vital to future economic development and prosperity and ensure that entrepreneurs are encouraged and cultivated. The formal “StartUpAfrica’s Entrepreneurship Awards” dinner will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Delmarva Power Conference Center, Newark, DE. Outstanding businesses and individual entrepreneurs will be announced during the event. Additionally, the event will recognize outstanding volunteers who give their time and resources to make a difference in our local and international communities.

Awards Selection Criteria

The Awards Gala is the grand finale that you do not want to miss as we honor the 2017 deserving entrepreneurs with different awards in the entrepreneur community. In considering the selection of award winners, we are looking for individuals who have done one of the following:
  • Creation of a business that has expanded outside the local area: regional, national or international in scope and scalability
  • Innovation (leadership, products, services, etc.)
  • Creation of jobs over time
  • Economic impact and growth (in sales, profits, wealth creation, etc.)
  • Impact on market or industry
  • Contributions beyond company (professional, personal, community, educational, etc.)


Applicant / nominee should have had outstanding achievements and should also have contributed significantly towards the socio-economic growth over a period of time.
A business owner who has achieved remarkable success in his/her entrepreneurial venture.
Business owner or founder of an organization that has developed a unique business model and made remarkable progress in the initial period of starting the business. (Business should be between 1 year old and less than 5 years old)
A woman business owner who has achieved remarkable success in her entrepreneurial venture
A business owner who has achieved significantly in his entrepreneurial venture at a young age (must be less than 30 years of age or less as of August 31, 2017)
Business founder or owner of an organization in a business that directly or indirectly creates social awareness or improvement.
Entrepreneur for creating and demonstrating multiple ventures successfully- from business ideation, implementing it through new venture , creating value for stakeholders, having floated IPO or raised external capital at a later stage ; demonstrating exceptional success and has the will and spirit to do it all again.

Nomination and Evaluation

Eligible candidates may be nominated by anyone; entrepreneurs may self-nominate themselves as well. Each applicant must complete a self-nomination form and send it to us by September 15, 2017. Local, national and international companies, firms or businesses are eligible to apply. Applicants can apply for one or multiple categories.


To nominate a business owner, colleague, client, employee, or employer for the entrepreneur or volunteer award.


Deadline is September 17, 2017, 11:59p.m. EST.


6:30PM – 7:30 PM


7:30 PM – 9:30 PM


2017 StartUpAfrica Youth Entrepreneur Award
Miracle Olatunji
2017 StartUpAfrica Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award
C. Linwood Jackson
2017 StartUpAfrica Community Supporter of the Year Award
Rev. Dr. Christopher Alan Bullock
2017 StartUpAfrica Long Service Volunteer Award
Henry Njenga
2017 StartUpAfrica Volunteer Awards

9:30 PM

Dessert & Music





818 N. Market Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

Erastus Mong’are

Executive Director

Tel: 302-299-7045
Email: events@startupafrica.com