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Tech Trailblazers launches partnership with African startup network AfriLabs

Hot on the heels of recent tie-ups with London's Innovation Warehouse and the China-Axlr8r programme, enterprise-focused startup awards firm Tech Trailblazers has announced a new collaboration intended to expand its reach in Africa.

Tech Trailblazers' latest partner is AfriLabs, a pan-African network of technology and innovation hubs, made up of some 20 accelerators and startup communities across 13 countries.

AfriLabs is understood to be the largest tech hub network in Africa. It joins Tech Trailblazers' other partners on the continent, which include South Africa-based networking community Silicon Cape.

The two organisations said that they hope the partnership increases exposure for the startups engaged in the AfriLabs network, by helping them to compete in a globally recognised startup competition.

"Partnering with the Tech Trailblazers Awards is a great opportunity for AfriLabs to enable its network members to be rewarded for their innovation. Making new connections with the judging network, having the chance to win great sponsor prizes and receiving visibility on an international scale is very exciting," commented AfriLabs director Tayo Akinyemi.

Rose Ross, founder and Chief Trailblazer, added: "Being able to reach into Africa and bring their finest in enterprise technology to a global platform is going to be a great experience and it will be interesting to see how they compare with all the other entrants from around the world."

The Tech Trailblazers Awards are open to entries until September 12, 2013, and all African entrants will now be automatically entered for the regionally-focused Middle East and Africa Cup.

Some of the awards that will be handed out by Tech Trailblazers later in the year include: Big Data Trailblazers, Cloud Trailblazers, Networking Trailblazers, Security Trailblazers, and Storage Trailblazers.