We are pleased to announce the 40 entrepreneurs selected to launch at this year’s DEMO Africa conference, to be held in Lagos, Nigeria, on September 22 – 26. DEMO Africa is a must-attend event for both investors, entrepreneurs, tech media & others looking for Africa’s ‘next big thing’. You can book your tickets online now or join as a V.I.P. if you are an investor.
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, Bob Mbori, Victor Okigbo, Lukonga Lidunda, Martin Butler, Rebecca Enonchong, Stephen Gugu, Ali Hussein, Muchiri Nyaga, Toby Shapshak, Moses Sitati and Richard Tanksley.
More than 400 serious applications were processed in lead to this event. These were then short listed to 242 ventures before a selection of the final 40 was made. The ventures are addressing opportunities in Agriculture, Health, Education, Manufacturing, Retail, Media & Entertainment, Communication, Transport and Logistics, Energy, Finance & Banking, Water & Sanitation, and Waste Management & Recycling. On September 25 & 26, these 40 entrepreneurs will present their plans to a global audience of investors, media, strategic buyers, C-level executives, and other entrepreneurs.
Nigeria takes the largest chunk of the final 40, followed by Kenya, Ghana and Egypt. Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa and Ethiopia will each have two representatives, while Tunisia, Benin, Cameroon, Uganda and Zimbabwe have earned their space at the DEMO Africa platform.
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.
|.CONNECT FINANCE allows companies to manage their finances, create invoices, quotations, sales orders, payments etc.||Tope Olutola||Nigeria|
|ASiM is an integrated tool with Quickbooks and SAP Business One to produce rich, real-time business intelligence.||Mark Migue Mwaura||Kenya|
|Chura allows interoperability betwen different mobile networks in a multi-SIM environment.||Stephanie Gaku||Kenya|
|Cribpark is a catalogue of home designs, a web shop, and projects management tool.||Oladapo Ayodeji||Nigeria|
|Cube enables anyone (whether individual or business entity) to accept card payments in person with their phone.||Titi Obala||Nigeria|
|Feedbackplus lets customers give feedback to different organizations online or through a mobile app.||Omoniyi Falodun||Nigeria|
|Foodstantly an online marketplace which provides customers with fresh and cooked food + home delivery services.||Uchay Ariolu||Nigeria|
|Hutbay is a platform that helps real estate consumers find and share vital information about real estate, mortgages, and agents.||Olatunji Owolabi||Nigeria|
|InstaCare enables real-time verification & authentication of beneficiary’s health insurance.||Michael Ike||Nigeria|
|Integrated Medics a web based application package to computerize any large scale hospital.||Oladapo Gbenle||Nigeria|
|IroFit the only mobile card payment system that allows merchants to accept card payments without an internet connection.||Omoniyi A. Olawale||Nigeria|
|Jifunza provides everyone equal access to the learning, loving and LOLing that digital content offers.||Derek Blair||Rwanda|
|Kitiwa helps ordinary Africans send and receive money using the bitcoin technology.||Nikunj Handa||Ghana Nigeria|
|LocName is an application that gives a short, unique name for your address, which you can share easily in just 2 seconds.||Zeinab Alashry||Egypt|
|Matibabu is a phone application for early, non-invasive malaria diagnosis with a custom piece of hardware (Matiscope).||Gitta Brian||Uganda|
|Mergims is an online platform that will enable African immigrants to pay tuition fees, airtime and utility bills for their loves ones back home.||Muhire Louis-Antoine||Rwanda|
|MobileJobs (mjobs) powered by SOMTEC is a web and mobile job alert and recruitment services.||Solomon Bleay||Ethiopia|
|MuZik is a virtual assistant for feature phones.||Patrick Mveng||Cameroon|
|MyeCompus.net is an online teaching and learning platform.||Cecil Nukator||Ghana|
|Nerve delivers cost-effective, higher quality and mobile convergent smart devices and services.||Silas Okwocha||Nigeria|
|Nikweli is a mobile-to-web job matching platform that connects employers and job seekers for lower skill, “blue collar” type positions.||Tiffany Tong||Tanzania|
|Online Hisab is a cloud based accounting package for Ethiopian SMEs who are looking for an affordable and easy to use solution.||Asmeret Gebre||Ethiopia|
|Oradian is a cloud based core banking system for microfinance.||Antonio Separovic||Nigeria|
|Paysail is a simple way for busniesses and accountants to better manage payroll.||Osborn Kwarteng||Ghana|
|PieRide is a ridesharing technology platform offering monthly subscription transportation service for daily commuters.||Karim El Mansi||Egypt|
|Pliby online platform for the African music lovers.||Prudence Ogatcha||Benin|
|Prepclass is an education technology company focused on local content for digital devices.||Ogunlana Olomide||Nigeria|
|Saisai is a wireless mesh network distributing free access to wireless hotspots in public areas and public transportation.||Christopher Alexander Manzero||Zimbabwe|
|Shamba Technologies renewable technology company that designs domestic power products for families in Africa without power.||Oliver Kynaston||Tanzania UK|
|SmartPesa allows merchants to accept credit card payments using a mobile phone. Comprising a low cost card reader, app and server-side processing.||Barry Levett||South Africa|
|SokoNect an agribusiness solution designed to shorten the distribution channels of agricultural produce while facilitating fast trade between farmers and their prospective buyers.||Mbuvi Nyamai||Kenya|
|SpacePointe is an e-commerce marketplace which focuses on the African retailer.||Sayu Abend||Nigeria|
|SpellAfrica Initiative is a set of proprietary apps for all smartphone operating systems. It is a softphone running on your current smartphone.||Elvis Austins||Nigeria|
|Telecosys delivers innovative software solutions for Tech-based service providers including Telecom operators, Internet Service Providers, Cloud-based service providers, and pay TV.||Mohamed Esmat||Egypt|
|The Pearl Dream Inc is a digital collection of African stories for kids and eCommerce retail site for animation inspired items.||Brian Asingia||Kenya|
|TrafficBytes is a solution which allows mobile operators and telecom vendors to leverage existing big data and provide realtime accurate roads traffic information.||Mohamed Hussein||Egypt|
|Valuraha Trader is a platform that simulates the African Financial Markets, enabling one to interact with various investment instruments under actual market conditions using virtual money.||Betty Mutimba||Kenya|
|VIGO is a fully responsive website building tool allowing African entrepreneurs and business owners to create their own websites from any device, including a feature phone.||Carl Wallace||South Africa|
|VOTO Mobile is a mobile phone notification and survey platform.||Kevin Schuster||Ghana|
|What’sIn™ mobile application platform service allows consumers with chemical allergies to instantly find the correct information when they scan a product UPC.||Wassim Zoghlami||Tunisia|
Want to see these companies present on stage?
You can now book your tickets for the DEMO Africa event, to be held in Lagos, Nigeria, on September 22-26. 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 partnership aimed at enhancing and deepening startup and innovation ecosystems of fast-growing African economies.