The Barclays Africa Group and Techstars second Barclays Accelerator programme, powered by Techstars is ongoing and we just wanted you to know the 10 fintech companies participating in the 13-week growth acceleration programme at Barclays Africa’s Rise fintech innovation hub in Cape Town from mid-May.
The 2017 programme participants include Kenya’s Flexpay, South Africa’s Howler, South Africa’s Spatialedge, USA’s Abe.ai, South Africa’s The Sun Exchange, South Africa’s Byte Money , Israel’s Avenews-GT , South Africa’s FOMO Travel, USA’S KapitalWise and South Africa’s eCOIDA.
The ten were picked from applications from fintech startups in 52 countries and each of the ten successful companies represented something unique and potential to become a significant and relevant player on a global scale.
According to Yossi Hasson, MD of Techstars, “Access to Barclays Africa’s base is a significant opportunity for these fintech companies to greatly accelerate their growth through partnership or distribution deals with Barclays and access to their senior executives as mentors, providing key expertise to the startups that ordinarily would be almost impossible to get access to.”
The companies will follow the proven Techstars model and they will have direct access to top mentors, investors and venture capitalists in Africa as well life-long access to the Techstars global network. The Accelerator programme aims to uncover the next ‘Paypal’ by working with exceptional fintech entrepreneurs innovating Africa’s financial services industry.
Techstars has been working with technology businesses since 2006 and has invested in more than 920 companies which have gone on to raise over $3 billion dollars in funding. Ninety percent of companies that have been through a Techstars Accelerator are still active today or have been acquired.
Here is the 2017 Barclays Accelerator Cape Town Class:
|Abe.ai (USA):Designs artificial intelligence solutions for the banking industry, helping banks better engage and support their customers at scale; significantly reducing the costs of servicing and acquiring customers through the use of chatbots.|
FOMO Group (SA):
Africa’s first B2B, B2C company that facilities the travel industry by providing an alternative payment solution for keen travellers who wish to travel without the use of credit or immediate payment
|Avenews-GT (ISRAEL): Designed a digital trading platform based on blockchain technology, modernising agricultural trade by connecting food wholesalers to food producers directly, reducing distribution costs, creating financial security, and providing chain transparency.|
|Byte Money (SA): Provides solutions that help avoid mismanagement of payments in the ‘informal finance sector’. Byte Money taps into and revolutionises existing third-world payment channels and integrates them with first-world technologies.|
|Flexpay (Kenya): Provides an automated and secured layaway system that manages the purchase of goods. Customers can choose to pay for goods over varying periods of time.|
|Howler (SA): Provides an event commerce platform. Howler is the consolidation of three powerful events and entertainment platforms, designed at the highest benchmark of service and technology, helping consumers and event organisers to make moments that matter.|
|Spatialedge (SA): Focused on consumer analytics and targeting. Using a proprietary consumer database, Spatialedge enriches and verifies clients’ customers by spatially locating them, mapping them, and use advanced analytics to help clients locate and target new customers.|
|Kapitalwise (US): Simplifies the investment process for millennials by automating their investment decisions using machine learning and predictive analytics.|
|eCOIDA (SA): eCOIDA is an online insurance technology platform; a central database that connects all role players in real-time, creating an accurate workflow, fraud-free, paperless claims-processing platform.|
|The Sun Exchange (SA): The Sun Exchange enables anyone anywhere to own and earn from solar panels powering Africa, India and other developing economies. The exchange allows for collaborative solar finance using blockchain|