Daikin-Samurai Incubate Africa Ideathon 2019 for Startups [Up to $150,000 Funding]

Applications are open for interested and suitably qualified candidates for the Daikin-Samurai Incubate Africa Ideathon 2019 for Startups [Up to $150,000 Funding]. The full application details for the Daikin-Samurai Incubate Africa Ideathon can be accessed below.

Daikin-Samurai Incubate Africa Ideathon

Applications are open for the Daikin-Samurai Incubate Africa Ideathon 2019. The ‘Daikin-Samurai Incubate Africa Ideathon’ is an initiative by the leading multinational AirConditioning brand DAIKIN and African early-stage VC – Samurai Incubate.

The Ideathon aims to find the 10 most innovative startups across Africa who are keen to partner and expand their business with Japanese partners. The startup holds a chance to get in a partnership with Daikin and an exciting chance to get funded by Samurai Incubate Africa.

Are you operating in Africa, looking to find a Japanese partner to scale your business? This is an exclusive opportunity to introduce your company to a Japanese investor and the world’s largest AC company from Japan.


  • All-expenses-paid trip (air ticket, accommodation and visa for up to two members of your team) to Nairobi on Dec 9-12, 2019
  • Winner at the pitch event will have right to receive investment of $100,000 – $150,000 from Samurai Incubate Africa Inc.
  • A few participants proposing great ideas of Daikin’s potential sales expansion during the ideathon will be invited to a committee in early 2020 in order to discuss the partnership between the parties further in detail. Once the partnership is agreed and approved, you can commence Proof-of-Concept (POC) of such idea with a budget fully covered by Daikin.


  • Your company is for-profit and registered as an independent legal entity;
  • You have a product or service available on the market and generate revenue in the following business domains;
    • Fintech (Daikin has a special interest in collaborating with startups having mobile money/banking/payment/lending solutions)
    • E-Commerce
    • Property Tech / Real Estate Tech
    • Clean Energy
    • Air Tech
  • Your product or service is designed for scale;
  • You have a very strong management team of at least 2 people;
  • Your company is based in or planning to expand into one or more countries on the African continent where there is a demand for air conditioners;
  • You are seeking an opportunity to be a potential African partner for scaling your business as well as Daikin’s business penetration in Africa by collaboration and partnership;


If you are selected as a participant startup, you are expected to:

  • Prepare to explain why you could be a great African partner for Daikin and how your product/service can support Daikin’s business expansion
  • Be prepared to travel to Nairobi in the period of December 9-12, 2019 to attend the event.
  • If you are required a visa to travel to Kenya, take necessary procedures and acquire a visa before flying to Kenya. The visa fee will be reimbursed from organizers.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should CLICK HERE to apply.

For more information, visit Daikin-Samurai Incubate Africa Ideathon.

Application Deadline: November 20, 2019.


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