Franc Group, a self-insurance platform that gives its users the opportunity to grow their wealth, was named “Best Startup in South Africa” for its innovative sustainable solution.
“I am overwhelmed and honored. We’re very aware of the quality of companies that have come before us. It’s filled the team with confidence and motivation to crack on – there’s still lots to do. We’re also very grateful to Seedstars, the judges, PayFast and also humbled by the other great companies that pitched alongside us.” explains Thomas Brennan, Founder at Franc Group.
As a part of the prize, Franc Group will be participating at the Seedstars Summit, which takes place in Switzerland, in April 2019. It is a weeklong training program, with the opportunity to meet the 65+ winners from other fast-growing economies, as well as investors and mentors from around the world. The final day of the Summit is dedicated to pitching in front of an audience of more than 1000 attendees, with the possibility of winning up to USD one million in equity investment and other prizes.
The seven startups pitched in front of a prestigious jury, including Vuyisa Qabaka, Partner at HYBR, Minette Havemann, Strategy Manager: Exploration / Naspers Ventures at Naspers Limited Claudia Makadristo Regional Manager for Africa at Seedstars, Stuart van der Veen, Head of Disruption and Innovation at Nedbank and Antoinette Ntlemo, Director General at TIB Rasilmali Ltd.
HouseME which connects tenants to residential landlords, providing letting services for a fraction of agency fees “The Airbnb for long-term lets” came second and Sxuirrel, a peer-to-peer platform that connects individuals with extra storage and parking space to those in need of space grabbed the last spot in the top 3. The other startups invited to pitch were,
Continuing on its world tour of fast-growing startup scenes in emerging markets, Seedstars World’s next stop is the Seedstars Africa Regional Summit in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.