VC4Africa members Ma3Route, Kytabu, Kola Studios, SleepOut & Go Finance winners at Pivot East 2013!

Congratulations to the entrepreneurs of the VC4Africa registered ventures Ma3RouteKytabuKola Studios,SleepOut & Go Finance! They were announced yesterday as the winners of Pivot East 2013, East Africa’s mobile startup pitching competition and conference, organized annually by m:lab East Africa.
Watch the videos below and click the links to their VC4Africa venture profiles to find out more!

Ma3Route – Kenya

Ma3Route is a mobile/web/SMS platform that aims to make traveling easier in Kenya and other developing countries by democratizing timely transport information. See their VC4Africa profile >>

Kytabu – Kenya

Kytabu is a texbook subscription application on a low cost tablet that allows users to rent books on an hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and annual timeline on a mobile platform payment plan. Kytabu allows primary and high school students in Kenya to access all the textbooks in the Kenyan Education Curriculum as digital learning material without having to download them on a broadband network. See their VC4Africa profile >>

Kola Studios – Uganda

Kola studios is a mobile and web software company, specializing in games. One of their games, Matatu, is a two-player card game based on the popular Ugandan game played with a pack of cards. The game can be played on Mobile (Android) and on Facebook. See their VC4Africa profile >> – Kenya (part of VC4Africa’s June Cohort – currently raising US$ 1,000,000)

SleepOut is East Africa’s most comprehensive hotel booking engine featuring 1,000+ options, listing all accommodation from beach huts to house rentals and all-inclusive resorts.’s unique sms-driven booking process connects both commercial and peer-to-peer hosts with guests and agents. See their VC4Africa profile >>

GO Finance – Tanzania

GO Finance is a microfinance company that provides working capital to distributors involved in the value chains of multinational corporations that manufacture fast moving consumer goods (FMCGs). In addition GO provides access to information technology and targeted training that assists entrepreneurs to strengthen the capacity of their businesses. See their VC4Africa profile >>

Interested to hear more about this year’s Pivot East? Read an exclusive interview with Michael Niyitegeka, inspiring Ugandan tech expert who was one of the judges at this year’s Pivot East event!