Kenya on the lead in DEMO Africa’s 40 Best Tech Start-ups.

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Demo Africa has released the top forty list of startups received that have qualified to launch their product on the Demo Africa stage scheduled to take place between September22nd and 26th 2014 in Lagos ,Nigeria. Out of over 400 applications received, only 242 had met threshold for the adjudication with Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana leading respectively.

Communication attracted the highest number of applications out of the 12 categories with finance and banking also having a good representation.

“This presents another opportunity for African tech startups. Africa may have missed out on the industrial revolution, but we surely will not in the ICT revolution. Through innovation, we will put Nigeria and Africa in general on the ICT map. Realizing the huge potential of the software industry, we have put in place a set of initiatives that will assist the tech startups to create successful businesses, which will directly create jobs and wealth.” said Nigeria Minister for Communication technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson.

The standard of applications has grown over the years giving the judges quite a hard time in the  shortlisting process.The selected forty start-ups will have a chance to launch their products to an ecosystem of VCs, investors, tech acquisition specialists, IT buyers and media from across the region and around the globe. They will also benefit from one and a half month coaching and mentorship program to be spearheaded by DEMO Africa and the US State Department.

The Mentorship program will be coordinated by Dr. Susan Amat, CEO, VentureHive and will include both local and international mentors and coaches.

Here are the qualified startups;

Shamba Technologies Design domestic power products for the 115 million families in Africa without power.Oliver Kynaston

Tanzania mergims Muhire Louis-AntoineRwanda

Prepclass an education technology company that uses the latest web technologies to ensure that relevant local content such as past questions, class notes, flashcards are available to students on their digital devicesOgunlana Olumide Nigeria

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

Kitiwa Kitiwa helps ordinary Africans send and receive money, cheaply, instantly, using the bitcoin technology. Nikunj Handa Ghana

Cube Cube enables anyone (whether individual or business entity) to accept card payments in person with their existing phone (even a basic phone), anywhere, anytime, real-time without the internet (and can also work with Internet, if preferred). Nigeria

LocNamea web and mobile application that enables people to find businesses easily using their Loc Names Zeinab Alashry EgyptTraffic

Bytes An end-to-end solution allows mobile operators and telecom vendors to leverage existing big data and provide realtime accurate roads traffic information. Mohamed Hussein Egypt

OradianThe cloud based core banking system for microfinanceAntonio Separovic Nigeria.

MyeCampus.net An online teaching and learning platformCecil Nukator Ghana

Nerve delivers cost-effective, higher quality & mobile convergent smart devices & services to inspire greater productivity in next billion people in emerging nations.Silas Okwoche Nigeria

SokoNect An agribusiness solution designed to shorten the distribution channels of agricultural produce while facilitating fast trade between farmers and their prospective buyers.Stephen MbuviKenya

IroFit Develop mobile card payment system Omoniyi.Olawale Nigeria

NiKweli A mobile-to-web job matching platform that connects employers and job seekers for lower skill, “blue collar” type positions. Job seekers register their standardized mini-CV through SMSTiffany TongTanzania

MobileJobs (mjobs) powered by SOMTEC A web and mobile job alert and recruitment services that allows job seekers to get information about job vacancies and helps employers to get the right candidate immediately.

Solomon Bleay Ethiopia Online Hisab A cloud-based accounting package for Ethiopian SMEs, who are looking for an affordable and easy to use accounting solution Asmeret GebreEthiopia

PieRide A ridesharing technology platform offering monthly subscription transportation service for daily commuters Karim El Mansi Egypt

HutbayA platform that helps real estate consumers find and share vital information about real estate, mortgages and connect with real estate professionals in Nigeria.Olatunji Owolabi Nigeria

VOTO Mobile A mobile phone notification and survey platform removes the barriers to insightful mobile communication between citizens worldwide and the organizations that serve them.Kevin Schuster Ghana

Pliby An online platform for African music loversPrudence Ogatcha Benin

Jifunza App called Menya for creating and sharing fun educational lessons on African languages amongst your friends , students and the world Derek Blair Rwanda

Spell Africa Initiative An app which uses photos/images to inculcate English vocabulary in the minds and hearts of the users.Elvis Austins Nigeria

ASiM An integrated tool with Quickbooks and SAP Business One to produce rich, real-time business intelligence Mark Migue Mwaura Kenya

Feedbackplus Feedbackplus lets customers give feedback to different organizations online or through a mobile app either on the spot as each event is taking place or later at each customer’s convenience Omoniyi Falodun Nigeria

SpacePointe An e-commerce marketplace which focuses on the African retailer Sayu Abend Nigeria

VIGO A fully responsive website building tool allowing African entrepreneurs and business owners to create their own beautiful websites from any device,including a feature phone.Carl Wallace South Africa

Valuraha Group 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

Cribpark A platform that provides people with all the information about housing, catalogue of home designs to choose from, shop to buy their housing items and a project section to offer design and construction project management servicesOladapo Ayodeji Nigeria

Saisaia wireless mesh network consisting of free access wireless hot-spots in public areas and public transportation.Christopher Alexander Manzero Zimbabwe

Chura allows interoperability between different mobile networks in a multi-SIM environment Stephanie Gaku Kenya

matibabua Phone Application for early, non-invasive malaria diagnosis with a custom piece of hardware (Matiscope) Gitta Brian Uganda

Paysaila simple way for businesses and accountants to better manage payroll.Osborn KwartengGhana

Integrated MedicsA web based application package to computerize any large scale hospital, while putting into consideration the complexities involved in the medical industry.Oladapo Gbenle Nigeria.

CONNECT FINANCE A software which allows companies to track their finances, create invoices, quotations, sales orders, way bills, payments etc.Tope Olutola Nigeria

MuZik A virtual assistant which makes mobile phone subscriber’s life more easier, by providing the right music or information , automatically grabbed on Internet, for feature mobile phonePatrick Mveng Cameroon.

What’sIn™Mobile application platform service allows consumers with chemical allergies to instantly find the correct information when they scan a product UPCWassim Zoghlami Tunisia

Foodstantly An online marketplace which provides customers with fresh and cooked food and also offers home delivery servicesUchay Ariolu 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 Digital Collection of African Stories for Kids and eCommerce retail site for animation inspired items.Brian Asingia Kenya

InstaCare Makes access to healthcare services as easy as visiting ATM by enabling real-time verification & authentication of beneficiary’s health insurance subscription and, reconciliation/settlement of bills & invoices between HMOs & healthcare providers.Michael Ike Nigeria

 

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Winfred Kuria is a self-constituted web content writer in charge of Tech News and Events Publicity at Kachwanya.com. She will communicate in the simplest way possible with an aim of changing the world one mind at a time.
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