Hanga Pitchfest


Only tech-enabled startups based and registered in Rwanda are allowed to participate.

The eligibility status is granted only for startups that are less than five years old starting from the registration day.

The application process is open from Sept 9 October 17

Yes, tech startups with market traction are encouraged to apply. However startups should not have raised any venture capital except self-sourcing, angel investors, or family and friends. Startups that may have received grant funding from other incubator programs or hackathons are eligible

Only startups with tech-enabled solutions (hardware or software) or with the potential to scale through technology are allowed to apply.

During the first round of evaluation, the top startups will be shortlisted by judges drawn from the startup and investor community scoring the startups based on a number of criteria.

The second round of evaluation will involve physical pitching sessions to a round of judges in 5 locations around Rwanda.

The top candidates will then be invited for a Bootcamp in Kigali whereby the top 5 companies will then be selected to pitch at the BK Arena on Dec 10.

Unfortunately the minimum criteria for startups is to have a working / developed prototype and not just an idea

No, only startups that didnt make it to the Top 45 last year can reapply.

The Bootcamp is a week-long entrepreneurship training for the Top 25 startups.

The individual that applied on behalf of the team should attend the Bootcamp

English, French, and Kinyarwanda

  • Winner = $50,000
  • First Runner Up = $20000
  • Second Runner Up = $15000
  • Runner Up (4-5) = $12,500 Each
  • Other Prizes to be offered by Partners

for more questions reach us at info@hangapitchfest.rw