Five DEMO Africa 2016 winners join global startups for Startup Grind Conference


The five DEMO Africa 2016 top startups will be part of the 2017 edition of the [email protected] Innovation Tour in California organized by the Silicon Valley based African Technology Foundation.

The trip is part of the fifth edition of [email protected] Innovation Tour aimed at fostering knowledge sharing, networking and initiating deeper engagements with partners and startups in Silicon Valley.

The startups incliude Sortd,   SolsticeMediaBoxStrauss Energy and ConnectMed.

According to Aliesha Balde, Communications Manager for the [email protected] program, “These five startups have been prepared for the tour through a series of learning activities over a two month long virtual bootcamp. We want them to engage the Silicon Valley ecosystem on their own terms, but armed with the right tools and equipped with the necessary resources”.

Launched in 2013,  DEMO Africa has seen twenty-five (25) African startups raise around $16 million in funding and gained mentorship from  top Silicon Valley VCs. Some of the startups that have already participated in the tours include SokoFlowgearSpacepointeZuvaa and Chura.

“After emerging as winners from an application pool of over six hundred startups on the continent, we are eager to ensure that these five companies successfully assume an ambassadorial role for African innovation”, said Stephen Ozoigbo, Managing Partner of the [email protected] Program. “They are re-inventing Africa’s future, and we are supporting their strategic actions to increase their likelihood of success”.

About the companies


ConnectMed  is an online medical practice that allows patients to seek treatment from General Practitioners over video for common ailments directly through a web & mobile application.

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Country of Origin— Kenya

Key Executive

Melissa McCoy


MediaBox  is a video-on-demand content aggregation platform that gives viewers the easiest way to watch international and local content, both on demand and live over the internet.

Country of Origin— South Africa

Key Executives

James Muir

Roeland Van Nieuwkerk


Solstice Home Energy Solutions offers a simple multi-energy source management and energy control system for homes and buildings. Solstice uses data from their integrated hardware/software system to provide clean, reliable and affordable energy solutions.

Country of Origin— Nigeria

Key Executives

Ugwem Eneyo

Cole Stites-Clayton

Strauss Energy

Strauss Energy is a solar energy and manufacturing company that produces innovative BIPV Stima solar roofing tiles. Strauss energy offers a cost-efficient alternative to modern solar roof panels and distributes and sells energy at a significantly reduced price.

Country of Origin  — Kenya

Key Executives

Tony Nyagah

Charity Wanjiku


Sortd is a Gmail smartskin that expands the functionality of an email inbox by providing users with the option of organizing emails as a flexible set of lists or tasks.

Country of Origin— South Africa

Key Executives

Rodney Kuhn