PIVOT East an innovative startups competition geared towards nurturing the growing ICT talent in East Africa unveiled the winners of the 2014 competition during a cocktail award ceremony at the Panari Hotel. The competition which kicked off early this year was comprised of a series of activities that culminate to the finalists conference on 24th – 25th June. Today, we are pleased to present to East Africa the winners of PIVOT East 2014.
And the winners are:
Mobile Society Category
Suraj Gudka, winner in the Society Category with Valerie D’Costa from infoDev during PIVOT East 2014 at Panari Hotel
SokoText (Kenya): SokoText uses SMS based pre-ordering service to make it easier for small fruit and vegetable sellers in slums to get their daily stock. SokoText is a social enterprise based in Mathare slum in Nairobi.
Mobile Entertainment category
Ubongo Kids Team the winners in the Entertainment category
UbongoKids (Tanzania): Ubongo Kids is a multiplatform, interactive edu-cartoon with SMS interaction broadcasting on TV to kids in Tanzania & online for kids around the world
Mobile Enterprise Category
ASim Mobile team, winners in the Enterprise Category
A SiM Mobile (Kenya): ASim Mobile is a supply chain mobile solution integrated seamlessly with most popular accounting, ERP apps in the world
Mobile Finance Category
Chamasoft team, winners in the Finance Category
ChamaSoft (Kenya): A group management platform which manages administration of chamas, allowing them to concentrate on investment rather than administration.
Mobile Utilities Category
Alloys and Don from Sendy, winners in the Utilities Category
Sendy (Kenya): A platform for on-demand errands. With the tap of a button, they instantly connect senders and riders and enable payments via mobile phones
The founders award went to Online Hisab a cloud-based accounting package for Ethiopian SMEs, who are looking for an affordable and easy to use accounting solution.
Prof. Wagacha presenting the founders award to Asmeret from Online Hisabu from Ethiopia
1st Runners’ Up
Beyonic (Uganda): Beyonic’s mission is to eliminate cash by creating the best solutions that enable business to make payments using mobile money.
Online Hisab(Ethiopia): is a cloud-based accounting package for Ethiopian SMEs, who are looking for an affordable and easy to use accounting solution.
MaraMoja (Kenya): Maramoja is Kenyan social enterprise dedicated to providing easy access to safe, reliable transport services through your mobile device.
TotoHealth (Kenya): TotoHealth enables hospitals and organizations to communicate and provide targeted information on antenatal & postnatal care using low-cost phones.
Safari Tales (Kenya): Safari Tales is an edutainment android mobile application for children to access Digital African Narratives & learn African Languages.
PIVOT East 2014 Winners
The winners of the competition will win funding amounting to 10,000 dollars per startup from m:lab East Africa. The funding will be split into two halves, the first of which is a $5,000 grant. The other portion $5,000 will be an investment which may be topped up by other investors depending on the startups funding requirements and their ability to convince other investors.
Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!!!