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Top 40 startups selected for DEMO Africa 2013

DEMO Africa
We are pleased to announce the 40 entrepreneurs selected to launch at this year’s DEMO Africa conference, held in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 24 and 25. DEMO Africa is a must-attend event for both investors, entrepreneurs, tech media & others looking for Africa’s “next big things”. You can now book your tickets online.

This year DEMO Africa will again launch 40 of the most innovative start-ups in Africa and highlight some of the best new technology innovations from across the continent. The 40 finalists have gone through three rigorous screening processes with the final vetting and adjudication done by a pan-African panel of judges comprised of entrepreneurs, VCs and Academia. The Judges included Dele Akinsade, Martin Butler, Rebecca Enonchong, Louis Fourie, Stephen Gugu, Ally Hussein, Muchiri Nyaggah, Kevin Schuster, Toby Shapshak, Moses Sitati, Anthony Stonefield, Hesham Wahby.

A total of 300 serious applications were processed in lead to this event. These were then short listed to 160 ventures before a selection of the final 40 was made. The ventures cover five categories including Mobile Technology, Social Media, Consumer Products, Cloud Services and Enterprise Technologies. On October 24-25, these 40 entrepreneurs will present their plans before a global audience of investors, media, strategic buyers, C-level executives and other entrepreneurs.  

Kenya and South Africa take a big chunk of the final 40, Egypt and Nigeria are third and fourth. This year we see a strong representation of North Africa with Morocco and Tunis, next to Egypt. Other countries represented include South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

The team at DEMO Africa, and everyone part of the VC4Africa community, would like to congratulate the selected entrepreneurs for their achievement!

Here is an overview of the selected ventures. Click on the tiles to find out more.

ablew The Able Wireless Company provides an on-demand entertainment system and content delivery network that is localized to every single locale in the region. Kahenya Kamunyu Kenya
anasodia Anasodiabitiz helps people living with diabetes coordinate their healthcare online. Chibuzo Anaso South Africa
boxbuzz BoxBuzz is an SMS alert system which sends text message to owners of Post Office Box addresses whenever they receive a letter in their boxes. Maximus Ametorgoh Ghana
brainshare BrainShare is an academic application that offers a one-stop-centre for students revision, with well organised notes, ebooks and past papers. Charles Muhindo Uganda
centreaffhous Center for Affordable Housing provides a web-based dynamic business intelligence tool to find areas of development opportunity, and more. Adelaide Steedley South Africa
chamasoft Chamasoft is a simple to use web and mobile app helping investment groups and chamas to manage all their group activities and communications. Martin S. Njuguna Kenya
chopup ChopUP is a social platform that connects mobile device gamers across Africa and  allows them to interact based on in-game achievements and transferrable points. Bayo Puddicombe Nigeria
dibsr Dibsr is an online community for sharing the things and places you love. Tewodros Wondimu Ethiopia
chamapesa Dinero Social Savings System / ChamaPesa provides a multi-OS software platform that allows Chamas to manage their offerings and members to hold and manage their balances on their phones. Ken Griffith Kenya
dreammobile Dream Mobile provides tailored communications solutions to consumers and SME enterprises, with a specialization in smart devices. Reza Handley-Namavar South Africa
dumaworks DUMA Works is an SMS-based recruiting service that connects employers with top qualified job seekers, based on skill, geographic location, past employer reviews, and social network. Arielle Sandor Kenya
eduze Eduze provides everyone equal access to the learning, loving and LOLing that digital content offers. Charlie Beuthin South Africa
eventtus Eventtus is a networking platform for events where users can explore events and socialize with like minded people during events. we build a community for each event and help organizers and attendees interact before, during and after events. Ahmed Shreef Egypt
famissima Famissima is a social platform that connects families to each other and to products and services they need. Ahlem Bouchahda Tunis
faselty Faselty is an online donation organizing system to facilitate the blood donation process. Mobile integrated. Location and blood type based. Samar Ali Egypt
fraudcracker Fraudcracker offers an online technology solution to help companies identify and combat fraud. Gavin Symanowitz South Africa
gmaven Gmaven vis provides the most user-friendly business intelligence and analytics product. Will Harris South Africa
geonet Gmobile is a set of proprietary apps for all smartphone operating systems- Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Symbian and Windows. It is a softphone running on your current smartphone. Peter M. Maina Kenya
gometro GoMetro is a dynamic innovation, the first of its kind in South Africa, that provides real-time public transport information to commuters. Alicia Swanson Ernstzen South Africa
jooist Jooist is a social gaming network for mobile phones. Jooist enables users to discover games, play with friends, compare scores, share achievements and a whole lot more. Martin Waliaula Makokha Kenya
karibusolar KARIBU Solar Power is an innovative solar social enterprise that makes high quality solar power affordable. Adam Camenzuli Tanzania
mduka M-Duka is an online platform that allows consumers to purchase virtual products and services on the GO using an internet enabled device such as a mobile phone, PC or POS. Suleiman Murunga Uganda
nextlevel Next Level is an engineering start-up specialized in developing electronic manufacturing execution systems. El Aboudi Moaad Morocco
notafy Notafy is set to revolutionise the way corporates communicate with their customers via mobile phone. Andrew Cook South Africa
obami Obami connects educators, learners, parents, businesses, NGO’s and governments. Barbara Mallinson South Africa
OTGplaya OTGPlaya is an affordable platform solution that brings “accessibility” to critically underserved sectors. Modupe Ajibola Nigeria
ramp RAMP is a new innovative web app developed to simplify the management process of Resident Associations in Nigeria or anywhere in the world. Tunde Aguda Nigeria
remotecycle RemoteCycle is the Recurly of the emerging markets; the software as a service provides recurring billing and payment management for subscription-based companies in East Africa and India. Adam Walker Kenya
save-buy Save & Buy is a web and mobile platform that enables anyone save towards any item they desire in an easy to use, fun and safe environment. Hugo Obi Nigeria
skyenergy Sky Energy is a renewable energy company with a focus on solar technology. Itai Hillary Zimwara Zimbabwe
sleepout SleepOut is the region’s most comprehensive booking engine featuring 1,000+ options, listing all accommodation from beach huts to house rentals and all-inclusive resorts. Johann Jenson Kenya
splinterme Splinter.me is a new social recruiting platform built on top of automatic data integration from multiple social networks, to facilitate the recruiting process for both job-seekers and recruiters. Ahmed El.Hussaini Egypt
spyros Spyros Entertainment is a video gaming studio specialized in mobile games, providing hardcore gamers with midcore games that fit the experience they used to get on their consoles. Ramez Mokhtar Egypt
sstreamm Sstream-TV is a content aggregator and distributor via a streaming platform across the African continent and focused on Southern Africa. Robert Arthur Marshal South Africa
terangahosp Teranga Hospitality Suite is a suite of Web and Mobile Applications for hospitality professionals in Africa. Moustapha Ndoye Senegal
ubongo UBONGO is a Tanzanian social enterprise that creates engaging and locally relevant multimedia content for learners in Africa. Nisha Ligon Tanzania
vivifi ViViFi provides touch sticker technology is a new human-object interface that is capable of transforming all non-conductive surfaces with limited thickness (wood, glass, etc.) into touch sensors or screens. Ahmed Darwish Egypt
wirelessmofocha Wireles Mobile Phone Charger charges as you walk: you generate pressure that in turn generates energy. Once you have arrived you can sit down and charge your mobile phone. Anthony Mutua Kenya
xtendevent Xtendevent (formerly known as Afritradecentre.com) is an online platform that integrates virtual conferences and exhibitions, social media-styled business networking and e-commerce enabled trading. Stephen Oehley South Africa
zehoo Zehoo is the next step of technological innovation in the cloud storage industry, which simplifies document storage services in ways unseen in the market. Robin Bayheck South Africa


Special invitations:

bwn Basic Water Needs is recognized for its impact in the field of clean and safe drinking water for the Base of the Pyramid. Jens Groot Netherlands
fairwaves Fairwaves makes it possible for small companies to start their own small mobile operator. Alexander Chemeris Russia

Want to see these companies present on stage? You can now book your tickets for the DEMO Africa event, held in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 24-25. DEMO Africa is the premier platform for the best and brightest companies throughout the continent seeking to launch their products in front of a global audience. VC4Africa represents the largest community of entrepreneurs building innovative early stage companies. DEMO Africa is the flagship initiative of the Liberating Innovation in Opportunity Nations (LIONS@FRICA) partnership, an innovative new partnership aimed at enhancing and deepening startup and innovation ecosystems of fast-growing African economies.

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