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;
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
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
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.
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
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
Chura allows interoperability between different mobile networks in a multi-SIM environment Stephanie Gaku Kenya
Paysaila simple way for businesses and accountants to better manage payroll.Osborn KwartengGhana
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.
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