Top 40 startups selected for DEMO Africa 2014

DEMO AfricaWe 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-1.CONNECT FINANCE allows companies to manage their finances, create invoices, quotations, sales orders, payments etc.Tope OlutolaNigeria
ASiM-1ASiM is an integrated tool with Quickbooks and SAP Business One to produce rich, real-time business intelligence.Mark Migue MwauraKenya
Chura-1Chura allows interoperability betwen different mobile networks in a multi-SIM environment.Stephanie GakuKenya
Cribpark-1Cribpark is a catalogue of home designs, a web shop, and projects management tool.Oladapo AyodejiNigeria
Cube-1Cube enables anyone (whether individual or business entity) to accept card payments in person with their phone.Titi ObalaNigeria
Feedbackplus-1Feedbackplus lets customers give feedback to different organizations online or through a mobile app.Omoniyi FalodunNigeria
Foodstantly-1Foodstantly an online marketplace which provides customers with fresh and cooked food + home delivery services.Uchay ArioluNigeria
Hutbay-1Hutbay is a platform that helps real estate consumers find and share vital information about real estate, mortgages, and agents.Olatunji OwolabiNigeria
Instacare-1InstaCare enables real-time verification & authentication of beneficiary’s health insurance.Michael IkeNigeria
Integrated Medics-1Integrated Medics a web based application package to computerize any large scale hospital.Oladapo GbenleNigeria
IroFit-1IroFit the only mobile card payment system that allows merchants to accept card payments without an internet connection.Omoniyi A. OlawaleNigeria
Jifunza-1Jifunza provides everyone equal access to the learning, loving and LOLing that digital content offers.Derek BlairRwanda
Kitiwa-1Kitiwa helps ordinary Africans send and receive money using the bitcoin technology.Nikunj HandaGhana Nigeria
LockName-1LocName is an application that gives a short, unique name for your address, which you can share easily in just 2 seconds.Zeinab AlashryEgypt
matibabu-1Matibabu is a phone application for early, non-invasive malaria diagnosis with a custom piece of hardware (Matiscope).Gitta BrianUganda
mergims-1Mergims 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-AntoineRwanda
Mjobs-1MobileJobs (mjobs) powered by SOMTEC is a web and mobile job alert and recruitment services.Solomon BleayEthiopia
MuZik-1MuZik is a virtual assistant for feature phones.Patrick MvengCameroon is an online teaching and learning platform.Cecil NukatorGhana
Nerve-1Nerve delivers cost-effective, higher quality and mobile convergent smart devices and services.Silas OkwochaNigeria
Nikweli-1Nikweli is a mobile-to-web job matching platform that connects employers and job seekers for lower skill, “blue collar” type positions.Tiffany TongTanzania
Online-Hisab-1Online Hisab is a cloud based accounting package for Ethiopian SMEs who are looking for an affordable and easy to use solution.Asmeret GebreEthiopia
Oradian-1Oradian is a cloud based core banking system for microfinance. Antonio SeparovicNigeria
Paysail-1Paysail is a simple way for busniesses and accountants to better manage payroll.Osborn KwartengGhana
Pieride-1PieRide is a ridesharing technology platform offering monthly subscription transportation service for daily commuters.Karim El MansiEgypt
 Pliby-1Pliby online platform for the African music lovers.Prudence OgatchaBenin
Prepclass-1Prepclass is an education technology company focused on local content for digital devices.Ogunlana OlomideNigeria
Saisai-1Saisai is a wireless mesh network distributing free access to wireless hotspots in public areas and public transportation.Christopher Alexander ManzeroZimbabwe
 Shamba-tecnologies-1Shamba Technologies renewable technology company that designs domestic power products for families in Africa without power.Oliver KynastonTanzania UK
SmartPesa-1SmartPesa allows merchants to accept credit card payments using a mobile phone. Comprising a low cost card reader, app and server-side processing.Barry LevettSouth Africa
 SoKoNect-1SokoNect an agribusiness solution designed to shorten the distribution channels of agricultural produce while facilitating fast trade between farmers and their prospective buyers.Mbuvi NyamaiKenya
Spacepointe-1SpacePointe is an e-commerce marketplace which focuses on the African retailer.Sayu AbendNigeria
SpellAfrica-Initiative-1SpellAfrica Initiative is a set of proprietary apps for all smartphone operating systems. It is a softphone running on your current smartphone.Elvis AustinsNigeria
Tekecosys-1Telecosys delivers innovative software solutions for Tech-based service providers including Telecom operators, Internet Service Providers, Cloud-based service providers, and pay TV.Mohamed EsmatEgypt
 The pearldream Inc-1The Pearl Dream Inc is a digital collection of African stories for kids and eCommerce retail site for animation inspired items.Brian AsingiaKenya
TrafficBytes-1TrafficBytes is a solution which allows mobile operators and telecom vendors to leverage existing big data and provide realtime accurate roads traffic information.Mohamed HusseinEgypt
Vuluraha-1Valuraha 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 MutimbaKenya
Vigo-1VIGO 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 WallaceSouth Africa
VoTo Mobile-1VOTO Mobile is a mobile phone notification and survey platform.Kevin SchusterGhana
WhatIn-1What’sIn™ mobile application platform service allows consumers with chemical allergies to instantly find the correct information when they scan a product UPC.Wassim ZoghlamiTunisia

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.


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