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Africa Tech Festival Announces Top 10 Finalists for Start-Up World Cup

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The Africa Tech Festival, has announced the top ten finalists of the AfricaIgnite Pitch Competition who will battle it out to win the opportunity to represent the African continent in the Startup World Cup on 1 December this year.

The AfricaIgnite Pitch Competition will take place at Africa Tech Festival in Cape Town 14 – 16 November. The final will bring a great crowd of founders, tech leaders and investors to witness who will be crowned winner.

Making the announcement, James Williams, Senior Director, Events Connecting Africa Informa Tech, remarked: “Congratulations to everyone who entered.  We called for the continent’s brightest, most inspiring founders to apply to help build the African innovation ecosystem and they certainly delivered. 

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“I know I speak for my colleagues, the investors and judges who will be closely monitoring the pitch competition, when I say that Africa’s talent, ingenuity, and unmatched potential is abundant and diverse, and this is clearly represented in this broad array of finalists.  It is therefore going to be no small task to select just one winner who will represent the continent at the Startup World Cup Final, held by Pegasus in San Francisco on 1st December.”

Providing insight as to what she will be looking for in the winning pitch, investor, and AfricaIgnite Pitch Competition judge, Keshni Morar of Investable, warns contenders to come prepared.  Morar will be looking for the granular detail in the presentations, with a demonstrable understanding of the market in which the start-up is looking to play or is already active.  Depth of the go to market strategy too for those start-ups at pre-seed capital, is a vital consideration.

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But in short, Morar says: “Like every other serious investor out there, I look for the coherence between the pitch story and the data points. If it’s not there, there’s no chance of us getting involved.”

The top ten startups selected for the AfricaIgnite Pitch Competition Final are:AsaanaPay – a payments and rewards platform for minority owned businesses enabling offline and online payments and unrestricted cash back rewards to attract and retain customers.

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Tausi App – A Kenyan app that connects beauticians to clients and provides professional hair and make-up and other services to make clients feel fabulous, with a rating system and in-depth onboarding process that is simple to use. 

Bus54 – Based in Nigeria, Bus54 is a mobility technology company providing a platform to aggregate intercity bus transportation in Africa, allowing passengers to search, compare, book, and manage their journeys online. The platform enables transport operators to manage their end-to-end operations from a secure portal with no need for additional investment in IT software or hardware, and an additional channel to sell their tickets.

Delta Scan – a specialist engineering inspection, digitisation and BIM company based in South Africa that digitize the world around us to create powerful analytical 3D models to extract engineering value.  The company, based in South Africa, strives to improve efficiency, bring down costs, and provide comprehensive information to make better informed decisions.

Oneway Connect – a cutting-edge job matching and recruitment software prioritizing cultural alignment that is shaping the future of hiring.  Beyond traditional CVs, the platform evaluates capabilities and traits, fostering purposeful performers for businesses.                              

Ukwenza VR – a social enterprise based in Kenya that focuses on creating educational Virtual Reality (VR) content to complement classroom learning and offer additional learning on social and environmental issues e.g. conservation and plastic pollution.

Hippocampus Education – Hippocampus is an adaptive tutoring Facebook Messenger bot that provides differentiated instruction and instant feedback that is customized to meet each individual’s learning needs. It acts as a liaison between the lecturer and the student or between the tutor and the student, supporting in assessment activities, facilitating a learning environment that meets each student’s learning needs, and provides positive and constructive feedback on the progress and performance of the student.

BenaCare – a Kenyan based social enterprise that delivers affordable clinical and supportive care to patients with life limiting illnesses at the comfort of their own homes.  They also reduce and re-distrinbute unpaid care performed by women family caregivers in rural Kenya, by training them on the basics of caregiving like wound care, vitals taking, grooming, ambulation, pressure are care and toileting. 

Gradlinc – more than a matchmaker between graduate and employer and vice versa, Gradlinc helps prepare graduates for the workplace from helping with CVs to creating personal brands and is free to graduates.  It is a vital two-way bridge between ‘people’, not jobs and workers, as matching values, and individuality in people – whether the graduate or the employer – builds long-term successful relationships with mutual benefits.

Kyanda Africa – seamless payment solutions with easy financial reach, Nairobi-based Kyanda Africa provide safe and easy access to financial and related services simultaneously in an affordable, efficient, and transparent manner for all at all times.  They are on a mission to drive down the number of unbanked and underbanked people across Africa.

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Milcah Lukhanyu
Milcah Lukhanyu
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