Pivot East, East Africa’s annual mobile startups pitching competition has been brought back to Nairobi where it was founded in 2011.
The m:lab East Africa initiative with aims to amplify and consolidate East Africa’s Mobile developer and entrepreneurship ecosystem was last year held in Kampala Uganda where five top entrepreneurs walked home with $5,000 in cash prize and $5,000 as convertible debt or equity each.
The competition is set for June 24th and June 25 th 2014. m:lab East Africa says planning for the competition has begun and the competition will be similar to the last three allowing applicants from throughout East Africa and then having top 25 as finalists.
The application site will be put up soon.
Last years winners included;
Kytabu: A Kenyan founded micro-leasing textbook subscription application that enables students to get just the material they need to learn, when they need it, wherever they are and pay for just that piece of content while they have it. From Kenya
SleepOut.com: a Kenyan founded web and SMS-driven booking process connects both commercial and peer-to-peer hosts with guests and agents. From Kenya
Matatu from Uganda’s Kola Studios, a two-player card game based on the popular Ugandan game played with a pack of cards.The game can be played on Mobile (Android) and on Facebook
GO Finance Company Ltd: a Tanzanian firm that leverages business value chains & technology to provide MSMEs at the base of the pyramid.
Ma3Route: Kenya’s Ma3Route, a traffic and transport crowd-sourcing app to provide users with up-to-date information that can inform their movements.
other startups that participated include;
The Mobile Finance category had Inforex Africa, M-Duka Ltd, DEPHICS Ltd and Intelworld Ltd.
The Mobile Entertainment Category had Jooist, TiVi, 254Events and Tokelezea while the Mobile Utilities Category had SmartShop,TrueDine, The Diet Assistant Ltd and Habari App. The Mobile Enterprise Category were SchoolMaster Solutions, Echorest Technologies Ltd,Mank and Tank and Binary Logic.
The Mobile Society Category had Code Vision Ltd, Ecademy Africa, Skoobox and iDaktari Ltd.