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by Sam Wakoba
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8773082_orig has been announced winner of the 2014 Startup Battle of the Cities (SBOC) at IdeaLab! – The Founders’ Conference in Germany.

SleepOut’s CEO Johann Jenson gave a presentation that focused mainly on the company’s growth and expansion while touching on the host country of Mauritius, with its awe-inspiring pristine sandy beaches, stunning landscape, amazing tropical weather, conducive business environment and growing startup ecosystem that makes it a favourable destination for techpreneurs.

“Coming from Africa, we did not expect to be able to compete on-level with European and American startups so we’re very much honoured to have been selected as winners at such a prestigious event so far from home,” SleepOut’s CEO Johann Jenson told TechMoran. “Hopefully this will help with our expansion and fundraising efforts, or even inspire more tech entrepreneurs to call this beautiful island home.”

SleepOut saw off 11 competitors including runners up Vintage which represented Chisnau, Pzartech representing Tel Aviv and Coindrum representing Dublin to win the coveted trophy. Other contestants in the competition included Cyclister, Terivu, Sprinkle, Trackduck and Roger Voice among others.

The Startup Battle of the Cities is a unique pitching competition where competing founders not only pitch for their start-up but also their city in front of established investors and also get an opportunity to connect, network and share innovative and ambitious ideas with other startups from around the world at arguably Germany’s top business university – WHU. The prestigious school has produced several world-class alumni including Rocket Internet founder Oliver Samwer.

The competition is part of the IdeaLab! – The Founders Conference, an annual event that brings together ambitious students, young founders, seasoned investors and experienced entrepreneurs in an environment that promotes the exchange of ideas and networking. is an accommodation marketplace which started from the small Indian Ocean island of Lamu before expanding to 50+ countries across Africa. The company recently set up its headquarters in Mauritius, an island nation that is rapidly becoming a haven for techpreneurs as it provides a sound environment and ideal working conditions for Africa-focused tech start-ups as they develop and grow.


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