6 reasons why Africa’s most innovative entrepreneurs should join DEMO Africa now

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Africa’s entrepreneurs have 10 days left to apply for DEMO Africa, the place where the continent’s most innovative entrepreneurs come together to launch their products (in Lagos, Nigeria this year!). Below some of DEMO Africa’s alumni share their updates and reasons why entrepreneurs across Africa should join. Ready to apply? Read more here, and fill in the application form before June 15th!

FAMISSIMA (DEMO Africa 2013 Alumni)

The team of Famissima, a Tunisian social platform connecting families to each other and to products and services they need, is currently in talks with multiple investors. Founder Ahlem Bouchahda shares: “DEMO Africa is a great opportunity! Don’t hesitate, we have much to do in Africa.”

TAXTIM (DEMO Africa 2012 Alumni)

TaxTim, an online tax app firm from South Africa, launched at DEMO Africa 2012, completed a funding round in 2012 and is currently in the process of another round. In the mean time over 10% of the taxpaying base in South Africa has made use of TaxTim’s tools, and their TaxTim Student Assist is provided to over 10 leading South African Universities.

Marc Sevitz of TaxTim shares: “Demo Africa 2012 provided a wonderful stage to present into Africa, to open up our company and offering to a bigger stage, in the markets we wish to penetrate. The opportunity to speak in front of so many potential investors/partners or customers was excellent and really proved to be a great learning curve for future presentations like that. It also offered the opportunity to meet and mix with fellow entrepreneurs going through the same process as we went through, which helped and inspired us further.”

CHOPUP (DEMO Africa 2013 Alumni)

ChopUp is a Nigerian social gaming platform for mobile game lovers. After their DEMO Africa participation in 2013 they have successfully completed their pilot and increased their game portfolio by 3 games. ChopUp’s Bayo Puddicombe wants to tell entrepreneurs considering to apply for DEMO Africa 2014: “Go for it! Because Demo Africa is a great platform to showcase your business and services!”

CHAMASOFT (DEMO Africa 2013 Alumni)

Chamasoft, a Kenyan management software for chamas and investment groups, has – among other things – partnered with a bank after they participated in DEMO Africa 2013. Martin Njuguna of Chamasoft shares: “DEMO Africa is a great platform which will enable you to connect with other entrepreneurs and possibly investors. As an entrepreneur you also get to receive a lot of honest feedback from people who are not so close to your idea, giving you the capability to develop your idea further.”

UBONGO (DEMO Africa 2013 Alumni)

UBONGO is a Tanzanian social enterprise that creates engaging and locally relevant multimedia content for learners in Africa. After participating in DEMO Africa 2013 they launched their interactive edutainment cartoon Ubongo Kids on national TV in Tanzania beginning of this year, reached over 12,000 unique subscribers on their SMS interaction system, and have seen significant learning outcomes for students watching Ubongo Kids when compared to peers watching an alternative series. After raising $51,000 on Kickstarter (to adapt Ubongo Kids to English) and taking on a long-term loan for growing the team and international distribution/marketing, UBONGO is looking to raise an investment round at the end of 2014. Nisha Ligon also recommends applying: “DEMO Africa is a great experience!”.

KARIBU SOLAR POWER (DEMO Africa 2013 Alumni)

KARIBU Solar Power, an innovative solar social enterprise in Tanzania that makes high quality solar power affordable, recently raised a new fundraising round! Adam Camenzuli of KARIBU Solar Power shares: “DEMO Africa is a great opportunity!”

What are you waiting for?! Apply here for DEMO Africa 2014, before June 15th!

Also see all entrepreneurs selected in 2013 and 2012, and all last year’s presentations on the DEMO Africa stage.

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