Get Hosted and Loyal1 have been named the first in the South African leg of the DEMO Africa tour held at the Office Hub, Parkhurst Johannesburg. GetHosted has built an application that provides access to spaces for all types of events ranging from work desks, themed parties and formal functions. GetHosted has adopted an AirBnB model for space rentals.
Loyal1 is an end to end rewards application and have partnered with retailers in using Bluetooth beacons to send push notifications for consumers to use reward points. Additionally, Loyal1 is creating algorithms to analyse and understand the user buying behaviours of consumers and make recommendations to them and also to sell data to the retailers.
The innovation tour saw five innovative start-ups going head to head all in effort to secure first place. Get Hosted and Loyal1 were selected as winners on the second round from the top three shortlisted teams. The other teams that participated were CommuScore, Afripav and You, Baby and I.
Get Hosted, Loyal1 and the winners of the Capetown leg are joining the Zimbabwean national winner SMART Connect were the best start-up will be selected to represent the Southern African region. The successful startups in each region will automatically qualify to be part of the pool of 30 where the successful Startups will be provided with resources worth over US$150,000 including US$120,000 software tools from Microsoft and USD$15 000 from AWS that to help them build and grow their businesses.
The South Africa tour moves to Cape Town on Thursday 5th at the Rise Accelarator. Application for selection to the 2018 DEMO Africa cohort close on 15th July. Application is done online on the DEMOAfrica site at www.demo-africa.com