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Daikin-Samurai Incubate Africa Ideathon

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.

In Africa, Daikin is interested in trying a completely new and innovative method to sell their products (such as pay-as-you-go/subscription payment model, securitization of the items and etc.) to allow ACs to be beneficial and installable for as many households/commercial properties/buildings as possible.

In fact, the quality of Daikin’s products is absolutely appraised worldwide without a question, but in addition, the company has strong know-hows for capacity building of local engineers for installment/repair/maintenance of ACs, and therefore strongly wishes to contribute to job creation and empowerment of African people as well.

Samurai Incubate Africa Inc., a Japanese venture capital firm focusing on investment into African startups, will co-organize ideathon with Daikin to find a great company to be invested in.

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.

What’s in it for you!

  • 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 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 budget fully covered by Daikin.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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;


Oct20 – Nov20 Application period
Oct25 – Nov25 Selection process / reviews / interviews
Nov10 – Nov 30 Participants announced
-Framework of the discussion to be used during the ideathon will be provided from Samurai Incubate Africa Inc after the notification to the participants.
Dec 10-11 Ideathon with Daikin and Samurai Incubate Africa to discuss what’s the best collaboration between you and Daikin in order to
-scale your business growth
-support Daikin’s business growth in Africa

Pitch Event in the evening of December 11 and a winner will receive investment from Samurai Incubate Africa

What is Expected of you

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 us.

How to Apply

Interested in applying for the Daikin-Samurai Incubate Africa Ideathon, then head over to the application portal now and apply.

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