Four Startups selected to represent the Democratic Republic of Congo at the Africa Regional Summit

Kinshasa’s finest startups that will represent DR Congo in Maputo

During Seedstars Kinshasa that took place on Friday the previous week, four promising startups were selected to represent their own country at the Seedstars Africa Summit which will be held in Maputo, Mozambique. The event will happen in three day conference along with other startups from 20 African countries which proved to be the best in their respective countries.

Seedstars World the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes brought its DR Congo round to a successful close during Seedstars Kinshasa. The event took place at Béatrice Hotel, and seven selected startups were invited to present their ideas in front of the local jury panel.The four startups which were selected to represent the Democratic Republic of Congo at the regional summit taking place next month in Maputo, Mozambique from 12-14th of December are:

  1. Youdee, an online platform specializing in the real estate industry represented by Jean Louis Mbaka,Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, and Thomas Strouvens the Executive Director.
  2. Ufumbuzi, a mobile data storage and sharing platform represented by Nathan Ntshimba Bolongo, founder and executive director;
  3. Eteyelo, an online educational platform represented by Archippe Araza, Chief Operating Officer;
  4. Benda Photo, a photo printing and delivery app represented by Albenise Balala, co-founder and COO

The four winners will fly to Maputo, Mozambique where they will participate to an intensive bootcamp and to an Investors day. One of them will be selected by the Seedstars team to represent the DRC at the Seedstars Africa regional final on December 14, 2017 in Maputo.

The other startups invited to pitch were:

McShop, represented by Mike Bondo, CEO. McShop is an online platform that allows local and international brandsto sell their products online to customersin DRC and deliver them to their home.

U-Cash by M. Developer, represented by Anthony Kahindo Mumbere, CEO and founder. Ucash is an innovative platform which aims to facilitate and accelerate mobile money companies’ activities in DRC.

SOGELEC, represented by Tony Bintu, CEO and founder. Congo-Light Energy of SOGELEC aims to supply Congolese households a reliable and eco-friendly energy source at an affordable price.

The event was made possible thanks to the support provided by our main partner Elan RDC, UK Aid, and our local ambassador Konnect, as well as our regional partners Orange, Enel Green Power, Merck, VC4A and Microsoft 4Afrika.

ELAN RDC is a private sector development program in the DRC, funded by UKaid and managed by Adam Smith International. ELAN RDC tackles the root causes of market failures by working with the private sector in six sectors, predominately with Congolese businesses, to design and disseminate new business models that increase incomes, create jobs and reduce prices for the poor.

Konnect supports tech businesses and helps Congolese startups from different sectors in the development of viable business models. Konnect provides in-depth operational support to entrepreneurs and helps them better understand and penetrate their target markets.