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L59 Pitch Competition in Kenya, powered by Startup Wise Guys – Apply by November 23, 2023!

L59 Pitch Competition in Kenya, powered by Startup Wise Guys

Latitude59 & Startup Wise Guys are calling for early-stage startups from East-Africa to join the L59 Pitch Competition – show the investors what you’ve got and take home the prize pool! The finals will take place on the stage, as the grand finale of Latitude59 Kenya Edition, at the Sarit Expo Centre in Nairobi on December 6, 2023! Application deadline: November 23, 2023!


The competition is a great opportunity for East African startups to pitch in front of an international audience of industry spokespeople, fund managers, global partners, and an engaged audiene of fellow startuppers. Whether you’re looking for partnerships, funds, or knowhow to scale to a new continent, chances are the L59 Pitch Competition can open doors. That is, if you’ve got what it takes! To qualify, the applying startup should be:
  • Actively fundraising – you are ready to raise a round / set a valuation
  • Business model – your startup is in the field of B2B
  • Proven traction – you have an existing MVP that’s bringing (at least some) revenue
  • Location – The core team is based in Kenya or East Africa




  • A chance to pitch in front of a live audience of 500 people – come and wow the international jury of startup experts and fund managers; this is your chance to stand out and open new doors for your startup’s growth
  • A fast-tracked spot to the semi-finals (the TOP 40) of the Latitude59 2024 Pitch Competition taking place in Tallinn on May 22-24, 2024. This includes includes a trip to Estonia for the winning founder, paid by Latitude59:
    – flights NBO-TLN-NBO
    – accommodation for 2 nights in Tallinn
    – Latitude59 tickets for May 22-24, 2024 in Tallinn, Estonia
    – FYI, the total prize pool for L59 Pitch Competition in Tallinn in May 2023 was €1.25M!
  • A spot in Startup Wise Guys – the top 5 accelerator in Europe – next Africa program:
    – includes an opportunity to be fast-tracked to an investment ticket of €100K
  • Legal councelling by KTA Advocates
  • Complimentary coworking membership packages to TOP 3 teams by Nairobi Garage
  • Spurt Group will provide a 20% discount & a six-month complimentary subscription to Sync! to all applicants. In addition, they’re offering a bespoke people strategy session for the winner.
  • More TBA


Startup Wise Guys is among the top 5 accelerators in Europe with 370+ companies in their portfolio that have collectively raised over €359M. Their Africa program will provide an optimized approach that delivers tailored guidance and support from world class mentors and experts. The accelerator program will help founders navigate the bumps in the company building road, revolutionize the go-to-market strategy and encourage participants to bring their A-game.  

“We are excited to cooperate with Latitude59 in Kenya to provide startups a stage to show their success and vision to the ecosystem. We need more opportunities for startups to build lasting relationships,” said Petra Wolkenstein, General Partner of Startup Wise Guys Africa fund. 6 Kenyan startups are currently already among SWG’s alumniBuilt Financial Technologies, Hisa, Kiotapay, Naivera, Sortica Inc, and Zemo Card. Will you be next? 


Latitude59 is the flagship startup and tech event of the world’s first digital society, Estonia. For over a decade, startup founders from Estonia and beyond have taken their first public steps at Pitch Competition of Latitude59. Today, Estonia has bred 11 unicorn startups – more than any other country in the whole world, per capita!

“Pitch competition is a somewhat traditional but effective way to reach out to the local entrepreneurs and showcase the most notable ones in front of the audience. This is something that has been at the core of Latitude59 for years and we’re excited to see the local superstars this time in Kenya. Startup Wise Guys is a trusted partner in Estonia and we’re lucky to have extended the collaboration internationally”, added Dolores Daniel, the Project Manager of Latitude59 Kenya Edition.

It’s time to stand out and take the leap to the global market! Apply by November 23, 2023 and open up a whole new chapter of opportunities for yourself and your startup:


This project is supported by #ESTDEV #FromThePeopleOfEstonia.

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