The five selected startups are: Chefaa(Egypt), Khourtim(Morocco), VertoFX(Nigeria), Hawkar(Tunisia)and Complete Farmer(Ghana).
“This year presented us with a stellar lineup of startups from all over the continent, and we are quite proud that the cohort showcased the ingenuity of young African entrepreneurs.” commented Stephen Ozoigbo.
The five winners will join a league of international startups in Silicon Valley for the 2019 edition of the [email protected] Innovation tour and continue to advance various aspects of their venture creation activities.
“We are delighted about the opportunity that DEMO Africa has presented to Complete Farmer and our colleagues. The conference was a great opportunity for our business to make the types of connections that we did. I am also very happy to be one of the startups on the [email protected] innovation Tour in Silicon Valley. The opportunity is overwhelming and my team and I are gearing up for it.” – Desmond Koney, Complete Farmer.
In addition to the announcement for the five winners, all of the thirty startup finalists were fast tracked to the Technical Review stage of the Innovation Impact Grant Program organized by the Dubai 2020 Expo Live in an announcement by Jana Elkova, Project Manager Expo Live Grants & Innovation Programme – Expo Live.
Furthermore, three of the startups – Toufoula Kids (Tunisia), Hawkar(Tunisia) and WeflyAgri(Ivory Coast) also won the awards from the French Development Agency (DFA) and will be attending the 2018 edition of the Emerging Valley & Social Inclusive Business Camp, under a full scholarship from the DFA announced by Samir Abdelkarim of Startup BRICS.
Led by Thomas Debass, Acting Special Representative for the U.S Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, the inaugural African Future of Infrastructure Summit at DEMO Africa 2018 also presented a one of a kind convening of infrastructure stakeholders that were willing to share thoughts and compare notes on the the current state of the African infrastructure landscape and explore opportunities for development. The Summit was the first in a series of African Future of X convening that is designed to foster public private partnerships aimed at shaping how emerging technologies would impact the future of Africa.
DEMO Africa 2018 also featured the first ever DEMO Africa AI Meetup. Led by Alex Tsado of the African Technology Foundation and NVIDIA, the meetup featured researchers, professors, investors and industry practitioners that have embraced AI as an economic tool and are keenly interested in the direct implementation of AI within the African technology ecosystem.