Grow your startup this summer on an adventure through 5 European tech cities!

Explore. Inspire. Grow

Travel through a world of tech opportunities

Join fifteen elite start-up founders from across Africa to explore the incredible world of European start-up ecosystems through the eyes of the Google for Entrepreneurs partners in London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich and Paris. Pitch to investors, explore global opportunities and learn from frontier markets.

5 Cities

An adventure of a lifetime through five of Europeโ€™s top start-up destinations hosted by the prestigious Google for Entrepreneurs partners. Expect a carefully curated set of business and fun activities

15 Startups

PitchDrive will showcase the best of African start-up ecosystems selected from across the continent and all on a mission to inspire and be inspired to grow. This is a rare exhibition of Africaโ€™s finest, all with a strong drive to make history.

300 Investors

A first of its kind, participating start-ups will spend the 3 weeks pitching to over 300 pre-qualified investors across the 5 cities. With the support of Google for Entrepreneurs partners, expect to reach the crรจme de la crรจme of the European investment community.

โ‚ฌ20 Million

Be prepared to deal, our collective target is to raise a minimum of 20 million euros in funding. We are on a mission to build a new narrative for African start-ups, come join us to inspire the world!

Tour Schedule

Starting from London, expect a journey through history, culture and excellence. Your quest to change your world continues here.

London

August 14th - 17th

With an ever expanding entrepreneurship ecosystem, an array of world-class universities, scores of incubators and accelerator programmes, reinforced by the cityโ€™s substantial financial sector, London is by most accounts the tech start-up capital of Europe. The strong creative cluster around Silicon Roundabout feeds into the energy of the start-up scene, it's no surprise it's ranked 1st city for start-ups in EDCi 2016.

Amsterdam

August 18th - 22nd

This vibrant and diverse city is highly attractive for its English language skills, proximity to European markets, generous tax regime and its fast internet speed, boasting the 2nd fastest internet speed in Europe and 6th fastest in the world. Its strengths are fortified by the superior technological infrastructure and the wealth of technical universities in the Netherlands, making it favourable conditions for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Berlin

August 23rd - 26th

Germany is the largest national economy in Europe, and was marked by strong and steady growth during 2016. With a new start-up founded every 20 minutes in Berlin, start-ups have become as ubiquitous as their beer, outlining the cities uniqueness in comparison with other German cities that are largely dependent on the industrial sector, whilst Berlin builds on its diverse creative sector. The nascent Berlin tech scene is young with a mature attitude, and itโ€™s no surprise itโ€™s pitted as the next major tech hub.

Zurich

August 27th - 30th

Switzerland offers start-ups a unique combination of advanced infrastructure, political stability, capital, renowned academic institutions, and a prime geographical location. This has made Zurich ripe for entrepreneurial success and is set to become a European start-up hub. With an ambitious outlook gearing to erupt with digital start-ups, and a keen interest in supporting entrepreneurs from around the world, โ€˜Silicon Alpsโ€™ may be closer than we think.

Paris

August 31st - 6th September

France has approximately 1000 new start-ups every year and Paris is right at the heart of the entire buzz. Benefiting from an increasing number of co-working spaces and accelerators, it has been ranked 6th out of 35 best tech cities in the world, 5th out of 60 in the European Digital City index, and Nestaโ€™s CITIE ranked Paris a top frontrunner, higher even than San Francisco in terms of the policy environment.

Mentors

Youโ€™re not alone. Our extremely experienced mentors will be on hand to help you prepare for the journey.

Jason Njoku

Founder of iROKO

Sarah Drinkwater

Head of Campus, Google

Aniedi Udo-Obong

Developer Ecosystem Program Manager: Sub-Saharan Africa, Google

Saidah Nash Carter

SVP Innovation - Africa, Thomson Reuters

Steven Newton

President, Illuminate Africa Group Ltd

Sami Louali

Strategy, Investor Relations and M&A, Jumia (Africa Internet Group)
Participating GFE Partners
Partners