UPDATE 06/29: Egyptian startup Raye7 and Zimbabwean startup Road Rules join Ghana’s Flippy Campus & Kenya’s Shield Finance with direct nominations to pitch at DEMO Africa in Lagos in September.
Startups across Africa can still apply to DEMO Africa 2015 until Tuesday, June 30. For other applicants presenting at one of the roadshows is NOT a criterion for being selected for the 2015 DEMO Africa event in Lagos in September, all African tech startups are encouraged to apply.
The Road Rules App emerged the most outstanding product from among the seven that pitched at the DEMO Africa pre-pitch event hosted in collaboration by the Hypercube hub in Harare. Road rules is an provisional driver’s license test App.
The event brought together start-ups from across Southern Africa, with key industry players including Jabu Mpofu, Samuelle Dimairho, Munya Chiura and Mbugua Njihia making up the selection panel.
Speaking on their win, Chikosi Tawanda, founder and CEO Road Rules said that he is excited about having a chance to pitch on the DEMO Africa platform “I believe that getting a chance to pitch on the DEMO Africa stage will expose us to opportunities that we initially just dreamed of.”
Hypercube’ s Rinesh Desai echoed Mbugua’s sentiments urging the various stakeholders to rally behind technology entrepreneurs. “Our believe and support to these entrepreneurs is what will ensure that Africa’s economy gets a comfortable ride on home -made technology solutions.”
Raye7 completes the list of the four start-up that have secured a direct nomination to DEMO Africa 2015. This start-up was declared the most outstanding during the final DEMO Africa pre-pitch event in Cairo, Egypt. Raye7 is a mobile App that enables sharing of rides with people within the same social circle, allowing one to save money, time and at the same time strengthening social networks.
Commenting on their success an ecstatic Ahmed Negm, founder, Raye7 expressed optimism in securing investor attention on the DEMO Africa stage. “Securing a direct nomination to DEMO Africa is a huge step towards securing the investor attention. The support of stakeholders for innovators like me is critical to the success of a whole generation and of Africa as a continent.”
The Cairo event which was co-hosted and co-organized in collaboration with Ctart-up, was the last of DEMO Africa’s 2015 pre-pitch events. The startups that won direct nominations are Raye 7 (Egypt), Flippy Campus (Ghana), Shield Finance (Kenya), and road rules App (Zimbabwe). All four are expected to pitch on the DEMO Africa stage this September in Lagos.
The pre-pitch events saw the team visit four cities across Africa meeting technology stat-ups and giving feedback on various technology products. This exercise is meant to improve the quality of technology products which are coming out of Africa in order to secure more attention from local and international stakeholders. It is also meant to promote the innovation of products that are more real to various situations in Africa and around the globe.
Deadline: June 30th
The application platform for DEMO Africa closes on Tuesday, June 30th. A panel of experts in Business and technology will sift through the received applications throughout the month of July to deliver 26 more names that will complete the list of final 30 start-ups that will pitch on the DEMO Africa stage.
Investors, IT Buyers and Consumers and Media are expected to congregate in Lagos, Nigeria on 24th and 25th September for the DEMO Africa event. To witness the unveiling of the technology product from Africa, book your seat now.
See http://www.demo-africa.com/ for more information regarding DEMO Africa 2015.