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Eco-friendly cleaning solution for motorcycles Pikiwash wins Seedstars Kigali

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Rwand’s PikiWash, an eco-friendly, time-saving solution for motorcycles was selected the best startup in Rwanda and will be participating at Seedstars Summit, taking place in Switzerland in April 2018.
The weeklong training program with the opportunity to meet the other 75 winners, as well as investors and mentors from around the world. Traditionally, the final day of the Summit will be dedicated to pitching in front of an audience of 1000 attendees, with the possibility of winning up to the USD 1 million equity investment and other prizes.
PikiWash provides a solution to the challenge most operators face in terms of access to modern, effective and efficient motorbike cleaning and basic maintenance services.  There are an estimated 30,000 taxi motorbikes in Rwanda.
 Seedstars Kigali. The event took place last Friday at kLab. Umbrella, a digital platform that will provide access to crucial information about SRH to young women came second and HelloJob a web app that links technical job seekers and job givers grabbed the last spot in the top 3.

The other startups invited to pitch were BAG Innovation Limited, Imagine We, AgriGo Ltd, ONGERA LTD., Academia, Vitcard, Fiatope Digital Solutions, Made In Rwanda Online Ltd.

 

Meet the 9 startups selected to pitch at Seedstars Luanda 2017

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On Friday, October 13th, Angola’s most promising seed stage startups will compete to represent the country at the Regional and Global Seedstars Summits, and to win up to USD 1 million in equity investments and other prizes.

The Seedstars Luanda pitching event will be at 4pm at TGI House in Luanda.The event is carried out by main sponsor TGI (Thomson Group International), local ambassador organization KiandaHUB, as well as various regional partners such as Enel Green Power and  Microsoft 4Afrika.

Other local partners include 7 Mobile, Soba, Infrasat, Menos Fios, Integrated Solutions , Bantu Makers, Revista Gestao and Rumo amongst others.

The top startups selected to advance to the pitching event are:

  1. Techno Society- Developing portable electronic device, capable of charging low energy consumption equipment such as PC and Mobile Phones, through water.
  2. GlobalTech OMICROM: An integral system of hospital management using artificial intelligence in order to minimize human errors in hospitals.
  3. AngoGaming:  A virtual competition platform for the game community in Angola dedicated to E-Sports.
  4. Deya: Deya is a crowdfunding platform to connect entrepreneurs and creatives to a community of supporters to help them bring their ideas to life.
  5. IAA – Imagens Aereas de Angola – provides aerial photo acquisition services and photogrammetric data using drones.
  6. Na Via – A company that tries to revolutionize the way the bottom line of the society access advertising campaigns.
  7. Salo  – An online platform that allows its users to find and hire services for certain tasks, such as cleaning, delivery, home services.
  8. Softwares 4Mais – Make company and school manage their business faster, cheaper and more efficiently.
  9. UseKamba – A mobile wallet with money that allows for reliable online payments.

 

 

 

 

The Members of the public are encouraged to register.

 

Meet the 8 most promising startups selected to pitch at Seedstars Kigali 2017

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On October 6th, 8 of Rwanda’s most promising seed stage startups will compete to represent the country at the Regional and Global Seedstars Summits, and to win up to USD 1 million in equity investments and other prizes.

The selected 8 promising tech startups to pitch at the Seedstars Kigali pitching event on October 6th at 4pm at KLab. They include;

  1. BAG Innovation Limited : a startup wich offers a high quality network of advanced students to solve your challenges faster, better and in an innovative manner.
  2. Fiatope Digital Solutions : a secure and easy log-in solution. Simply by matching the user to their mobile phone, XConnect allows them to log-in to web apps
  3. Made In Rwanda Online : a solution which connects Rwandan vendors and manufactures with products made in Rwandan products to buyers around the globe via the internet.
  4. ONGERA LTD. : the first SaaS-based, deep analysis algorithms & AI powered service that allows Banks to cope with risks linked to currency fluctuations.
  5. PikiWash Ltd.: an eco-friendly, time-saving solution for motorcycles.
  6. Imagine We Rwanda: a platform for the new generation of African story tellers with authentic voices and diverse stories.
  7. Manywa Link :a web app that links technical job seekers/handyman and job givers to offer and get services.
  8. Vitcard: an online debit card used to buy and sell online, for every Rwandan who holds a mobile money account.

Beyond the local event, Seedstars World is working very closely with Enel Green Power to source the most innovative business models in the energy sectors and ones that are fostering socio-economic development in rural villages in Africa. Up to 5 best startups in this sector will be invited for an exclusive RES4Africa networking event taking place later this November in Nairobi and compete for an Africa Energy Prize which consists of a financial contribution and a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up to $50,000.

The event was made possible thanks to the support provided by our local ambassador Aphrodice Mutangana from K-Lab, our local partner Jumia Food, our regional partners Orange, Enel Green Power, Merck, VC4A and Microsoft 4Afrika and our local supporter FabLab Rwanda.

The Members of the public are encouraged to come join the fun and will be treated to the 8 startup pitches. Registrations for the event can be made on the Seedstars Website https://www.seedstarsworld.com/event/SSW-Kigali-17.

AI-based medical support platform GiftedMom wins the Cameroon round of Seedstars World

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GiftedMom has won the Cameroon round of Seedstars World and will represent the country at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland to compete for up to USD 1 million in equity investment and other prizes.

Gifted Mom democratises health information access in emerging markets through an AI-based remote medical support platform. As a part of the prize, Gifted Mom will be participating at Seedstars Summit, taking place in Switzerland in April 2018, a weeklong training program with the opportunity to meet the other 75 winners, as well as investors and mentors from around the world. Traditionally, the final day of the Summit will be dedicated to pitching in front of audience of 1000 attendees, with the possibility of winning up to the USD 1 million equity investment and other prizes.

Save Our Agriculture, a startup wich conceives and makes urban aquaponics units to help small rural producers cope with logistics problems that make food overtly expensive in retail markets, came second and Viki, which generates leads from Twitter , Facebook, LinkedIn posts activities, grabbed the last spot in the top 3.  Moreover, AlloDoc , a web and mobile application linking health professionals and the population in need of care and promotes preventive medicine., won the public vote.The other startups invited to pitch were  Bridge Africa Ventures,  Cloomify, Drone Africa, Guanxi Investment,  iDjangui, MyExpressTicket,  RatagrabAt the same time, Seedstars World is also working very closely with Enel Green Power to source the most innovative business models in the energy sectors and ones that are fostering socio-economic development in rural villages in Africa. Up to 5 best startups in this sector will be invited for an exclusive RES4Africa networking event taking place later this November in Nairobi and compete for an Africa Energy Prize which consists of a financial contribution and a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up to $50,000.

Seedstars World’s next stop is Kigali to select the best startup in Rwanda. Seedstars World is looking for smart startups that solve regional issues and/or develop profitable products for the global market.

 

Seedstars World returns to Luanda to find the most promising tech entrepreneurs

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Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes is coming for the third time to Angola.

The event is line with its mission to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging markets to provide them with an opportunity to win up to USD 1,000,000 while networking with investors and mentors from around the world. Its previous participants have raised over USD 61M collectively, providing employment to more than 800 employees worldwide.

The companies selected to pitch at Seedstars Luanda need to be less than 2 years old, have raised less than USD 500 000 in funding and have built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction. The Seedstars World team is searching for one additional criterion – the startup’s regional and global scalability.

The event will be held at TGI Building on October 13th and up to 10 of the best seed stage startups in Angola will be invited to pitch. Applications are open until October 5th and startups can apply here: https://www.seedstarsworld.com/event/SSW-Luanda-17/.

All the local winners will be invited to the regional summit, which will take place in Maputo Mozambique on December 14th  to meet with startups, mentors and investors from over 20 African countries. Some of the partners working with Seedstars include Enel Green Power, BBVA, Merck, TRECC, TGI, Kianda hub and Standard Bank.

Seedstars World is Coming to Douala

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Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes is coming for the very first time to Cameroon.

With the support of  ActivSpaces and regional partners Enel, Merck, Orange and Microsoft 4Afrika, Seedstars World will be holding a dynamic pitch event on September 29th at ActivSpaces.

Cameroon is among the more than 75 countries Seedstars World is travelling to this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to USD 1,000,000 while networking with investors and mentors from around the world. Its previous participants have raised over USD 61M collectively, providing employment to more than 800 employees worldwide.

The companies selected to pitch at Seedstars Douala need to be less than 2 years old, have raised less than USD 500 000 in funding and have built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction. The Seedstars World team is searching for one additional criterion – the startup’s regional and global scalability.

Anis Kallel, Associate at Seedstars World said, “Every year, we try to add more countries to our map, and prove that talent is truly everywhere. This year, we are coming to Cameroon for the first time, and we are excited to work closely with entrepreneurs and identify the role that Seedstars can play to support the local ecosystem in the future.”

Up to 10 of the best seed stage startups in Cameroon will be invited to pitch. Applications are open for a few more days, and startups can apply here by September 22th.

Meet the 9 most promising startups selected to pitch at Seedstars Dakar 2017

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On September 22th, 9 of Senegal’s most promising seed stage startups will compete to represent the country at the Regional and Global Seedstars Summits, and to win up to USD 1 million in equity investments and other prizes.

The 9 promising tech startups will pitch at the Seedstars Dakar pitching event on September 22th at 4pm at Pullman Teranga (10, Rue Colbert, Place de L’ independance, Dakar 18524, Senegal).

The top startups selected to advance to the pitching event are:

1)      ADN an IT consulting company specialized in Data Analytics and focused on providing business analytics solutions for African organization

2)      BAYSEDDO 2.0: a platform that allows farmers to finance their crop

3)      Carvi Writer: the first publishing company of books and audiovisual production in Africa, it makes money and movies with your writings.

4)      Dassur: an insurance distributor which uses Messenger

5)      MaTontine provides access to small loans and related financial services like micro-insurance by digitizing traditional savings circles.

6)      PayDunya: is a one stop shop to create, manage & grow sales on social networks and get paid from all relevant payment methods in Africa with CRM toolbox

7)      SenCivilities: allows the management of civil status, request of remote birth certificate, and geolocation of the undeclared children

8)      Walam: a mobile platform based on sharing economy that let people put their skills to the service of other people without having money.

9)      SKILLAKE: a job marketplace, to help American and European companies find qualified IT professionals in Africa with a perfect match

Seedstars World is closely working with Groupe Cofina, main supporter for Seedstars World Senegal Groupe Cofina.

Beyond the local event, Seedstars World is working very closely with Enel Green Power to source the most innovative business models in the energy sectors and ones that are fostering socio-economic development in rural villages in Africa. Up to 5 best startups in this sector will be invited for an exclusive RES4Africa networking event taking place later this November in Nairobi and compete for an Africa Energy Prize which consists of a financial contribution and a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up to $50,000.

Registrations for the event can be made here.

Seedstars Summit, the third of the annual Africa Summit to be held in Mozambique

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 Seedstars World (SSW), the  global community and platform for entrepreneurs in technology in emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, is hosting Seedstars Summit, the thirds of the annual Africa Summit that connects the most relevant players in innovation and technology with the world and between each other.

The Africa Regional Summit will last for 3 days and bring together over 800 attendees commencing with a bootcamp for the participating startups, an ecosystem tour, investor day and culminate with a Conference and Pitch event on December 14th that will feature the startup pitches, keynotes, and panel discussions that will engage a range of topics and ideas pertinent to entrepreneurs in the region.

“We are very excited to be able to bring the entire network together in Mozambique later this year and together look into some of the opportunities of the continent and explore how technologies can rapidly improve the current status quo in emerging markets worldwide.” says Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa.

The 3rd edition of Seedstars Regional Summit in Africa, follows Morocco and Rwanda and is a unique opportunity, not only for international visitors to get first hand contact with the local tech and entrepreneurship scene but it’ll also be a great opportunity for the local brands, sponsors and entrepreneurs to expose their products and services to a larger audience.

The summit day kicks off with a number of workshops and roundtables addressing EduTech, EnergyTech, AgTech, Fintech, Healthtech and more.

Over 20 of the most prominent entrepreneurs from the continent will be invited on stage to showcase their success stories and how they are using technology to solve local and regional issues.

Prior to the conference, Seedstars World will host a 2 day invite-only Bootcamp, where local and international pre-selected startups will work with world-class local and international mentors on improving their business models, growth strategy and mastering the investor pitch. In addition to that, this year’s program will also give entrepreneurs the opportunity to be selected for the Seedstars Growth program, a seed investment that comes together with a 15 weeks acceleration program for early stage startups.

Mali startups asked to submit applications for Seedstars Bamako set for September 14th

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Mali’s seed stage startups have been asked to submit applications for Seedstars Bamako set for September 14th at the Impact Hub Bamako to compete to represent the country at the Summit and win up to USD 1,000,000 in equity investment and other prizes.

The companies selected to pitch at Seedstars Bamako need to be less than 2 years old, have raised less than USD 500 000 in funding and have built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction.

“Seedstars World is a platform connecting investors to the next generation of startup entrepreneurs, giving them an opportunity to scale their solutions regionally and globally.” says Anis Kallel, Associate at Seedstars World. “This will be our second time to organize our event in Bamako, and we look forward to meeting talented entrepreneurs and adding more startups from Mali to our map.”

The startup also ought to be regionally and globally scalable. Last year’s local winner, Aikio Corp, had the opportunity to connect with a global emerging network. Some of Seedstars World partners include Enel, BBVA, Merck, TRECC and Standard Bank.

Seedstars World is travelling to more than 75 countries this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to USD 1,000,000 while networking with investors and mentors from around the world. Its previous participants have raised over USD 61M collectively, providing employment to more than 800 employees worldwide.

Up to 5 best startups in this sector will be invited for an exclusive RES4Africa networking event taking place later this November in Nairobi and compete for an Africa Energy Prize which consists of a financial contribution and a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up USD 50,000.

Applications are open now, and startups can apply here: https://seedsta.rs/bamako2017 by September 7th.

Nigeria’s e-health startup Medsaf wins Seedstars Lagos

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e-health startup Medsaf named most promising startup in Nigeria at Seedstars Lagos and will represent the country at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland to compete for up to USD 1 million in equity investment and other prizes. Medsaf, an  e-health stratup that is making the process of buying and selling medication in Nigeria’s complex health system easy and efficient.Medsaf will benefit from a number of additional prizes: 1 year of software support from Upperlink, an opportunity to join the Nigerian Delegation in showcasing their services and products to a global audience at the ITU Telecom World 2017 in Busan, South Korea powered by MessageWise, and a $3000 shipping prize from Aramex.

Medsaf beat eWorker, an outsourcing platform that connects companies with talented and vetted developers in Africa which came second  while Edves, a startup which automates the brick and mortal School operations from Student enrollment, Fee Collection, Lesson Note up to Transcript Generation, grabbed the last spot in the top 3.

In addition, DropQue which uses a combination of one way unassisted video interviews and a powerful AI assessment assistant to get companies the best candidate won the public vote and will receive one free membership to Seedspace Lagos. The other startups invited to pitch were GetJama, irecycle , Parcel-it, Safi.ng , Wallet.ng and Wesabi.

As a part of the prize, Medsaf will be participating at Seedstars Summit, taking place in Switzerland in April 2018, a weeklong training program with the opportunity to meet the other 75 winners, as well as investors and mentors from around the world. Traditionally, the final day of the Summit will be dedicated to pitching in front of audience of 1000 attendees, with the possibility of winning up to the USD 1 million equity investment and other prizes.

Up to 10 seed stage startups to compete at Seedstars Côte d’Ivoire

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Up to 10 of the best seed stage startups in Côte d’Ivoire will be invited to pitch for the opportunity to compete at the Seedstars Summit, that annually takes place in Switzerland.

At the same time, Seedstars World is also working very closely with Enel Green Power to source the most innovative business models in the energy sectors and ones that are fostering socio-economic development in rural villages in Africa.

Up to 5 best startups in this sector will be invited for an exclusive RES4Africa networking event taking place later this November in Nairobi and compete for an Africa Energy Prize which consists of a financial contribution and a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up USD 50 000.

The companies selected to pitch at Seedstars Abidjan need to be less than 2 years old, have raised less than USD 500 000 in funding and have built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction. The Seedstars World team is searching for one additional criterion – the startup’s regional and global scalability.

Applications are open now, and startups can apply here: https://seedsta.rs/abidjan2017 by August 30th.

Seedstars World is a platform connecting investors to the next generation of startup entrepreneurs, pulling the spotlight from Silicon Valley and Western Europe. As this will be our third time to organize our event in Abidjan, our excitement level and expectations are high. We have heard so much about the bustling startup ecosystem in Côte d’Ivoire and we are now here to witness the reality” explains Anis Kallel, Associate at Seedstars World, “We are impressed by what we have seen in the continent so far and cannot wait to add startups from Côte d’Ivoire on our map.”

Here Are The 10 Nigerian Startups Pitching at Seedstars World Lagos

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Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast growing startup scenes, has selected 10 startups that will pitch at its Lagos event Friday, August 25, 2017.

The winner would advance to the next leg of the competition and compete on the global stage in Switzerland, for a chance to win up to 1,000,000 USD in the form of prizes and investments, and interact with globally based mentors and investors.

Below are the 10 startups:

DropQue – Dropque uses a combination of one way unassisted video interviews and a powerful AI assessment assistant to get companies the best candidateEdves – Edves automates the brick and mortal School operations from Student enrollment, Fee Collection, Lesson Note up to Transcript Generation.eWorker – eWorker connects companies with talented and vetted developers in Africa.GetJama – GETJAMA seeks to empower Africans through mobile services and products that promote real-time data collection and economic development.

irecycle – irecycle  is an online social market place for Nigerians to cash on their recyclable trash, so we have a waste smart city.

Medsaf – Medsaf is the trusted medication platform for Africa. Medsaf connects pharmacies and hospitals with safe and cost effective medications.

Parcel-it – Seamless, secure, affordable and super-fast way of delivering parcels. The SMART way to deliver

Safi.ng – Premium On-Demand Dry Cleaners

Wallet.ng – Wallet.ng provides access to quality financial services in Africa using a phone number

Wesabi – An online service network connecting users to highly skilled workers

 

AI powered language teaching chatbot LangBot Named Winner of Seedstars Addis Ababa

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LangBot, a language cheating chatbot has been selected the best startup at Seedstars Ethiopia for its gamified and AI powered language teaching chatbot opening doors for it to participate at Seedstars Summit, in Switzerland.

LangBot beat nine other startups to emerge the winner. SRE brings the power of online education to the offline world came second and ZayRide, a smartphone app that provides on-demand taxi, ambulance and delivery services, grabbed the last spot in the top 3. The other startups invited to pitch were Mak-Addis Tutors, ​Meda MessengerSemayDocs, and smsCrush,

Seedstars World next stop is Lagos, to select the best startup in Nigeria. Seedstars World is looking for smart startups that solve regional issues and/or develop profitable products for the global market.

Meet the 7 Most Promising Early-Stage Tech Startups Selected for Seedstars Addis Ababa

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Seedstars World, the $1m global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes will on August 21st hold a local competition for 7 of Ethiopia’s best seed stage startups at 4pm at Iceaddis.

The selected 7 promising tech startups to pitch include:

  • LangBotA gamified and AI powered language teaching chatbot
  • Mak-Addis Tutors: A platform for individualized teaching services for each student based on need
  • Meda MessengerAn app that will let you chat and transfer money from a single chat screen.
  • SemayDocs: SemayDocs is a platform that enables business to digitize and effectively manage documents through automating paper based processes 
  • smsCrush: Smscruh uses sms notifications to deliver news and provide services to its users.
  • SRESiree is a device that brings the power of online education to the offline world.
  • ZayRideZayRide is a smartphone app that provides on-demand taxi, ambulance and delivery services.

The startups will pitch in front of a jury that consists of Marc Lepage, Africa Knowledge and Innovation advisor at UNDP Ethiopia, Eleni Gabre-madhin, CEO at Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, Shem Asefaw, Entrepreneur & Angel Investor at ShemTECH Ventures, Eyob Tolina,Director at Schulze Global, and Fanny Dauchez, Associate for Africa at Seedstars World.

On a regional level, Seedstars World is working very closely with Enel Green Power to source the most innovative business models in the energy sectors and ones that are fostering socio-economic development in rural villages in Africa. Up to 5 best startups in this sector will be invited for an exclusive RES4Africa networking event taking place later this November in Nairobi and compete for an Africa Energy Prize which consists of a financial contribution and a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up to $50,000.

Members of the public are encouraged to come join the fun and will be treated to the 7 startup pitches. Registrations for the event can be made on the Seedstars Website [www.seedstarsworld.com/event/seedstars-Addis-Ababa-2017].

Financial management mobile app Numida selected the best startup in Uganda-Seedstars

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 Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes has selected Numida, as the best startup in Uganda for its business financial management mobile app which issues affordable conveninent and unsecured credit to small and medium entreprises in Uganda.As a part of the prize, Numida will be participating at Seedstars Summit, taking place in Switzerland in April 2018, a weeklong training program with the opportunity to meet the other 75 winners, as well as investors and mentors from around the world. Traditionally, the final day of the Summit will be dedicated to pitching in front of audience of 1000 attendees, with the possibility of winning up to the USD 1 million equity investment and other prizes.

Ubuntu Capital with its digital marketing and payment solutions for medium enterprises came second and Chap Chap Africa, a mobile payments platform that enables users to earn and save while they top-up airtime, pay bills and shop online, grabbed the last spot in the top 3. The other startups invited to pitch were Musana CartsCHARIS FOR GRACEClinicPesaKuanza Gari LimitedTrendingshoWhiDr and Money Duka.

Seedstars recently partnered with the Merck Accelerator, in order to support seed-stage companies in across Asia and Africa with a focus on the fields of healthcare, life science and performance materials. The most promising HealthTech startups will receive office space in the Merck Innovation Center in Kenya or Germany, mentoring and coaching on a regular basis and financial support of up to $50,000.

Seedstars World is also working very closely with Enel Green Power to source the most innovative business models in the energy sectors and ones that are fostering socio-economic development in rural villages in Africa. Up to 5 best startups in this sector will be invited for an exclusive RES4Africa networking event taking place later this November in Nairobi and compete for an Africa Energy Prize which consists of a financial contribution and a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up to $50,000.

Seedstars World’s next stop is Addis Ababa.

Nefrids Africa wins the 2017 Seedstars Dar Es Salaam Edition

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Tanzania’s Nefrids Africa, which operates SimuBima, a Mobile Phone Insurance Solution designed to reach as many users across Tanzania using digital channels on July 20th won Seedstars Dar Es Salaam and will represent Tanzania at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland to compete for up to USD 1 million in equity investments and other prizes.

Nefrids Africa will be participating at the Seedstars Summit, taking place in Switzerland in April 2018, a week long boot camp program with the opportunity to meet the other 75 local winners from around the world, as well as international investors and mentors.
The final day of the Summit will be dedicated to pitching in front of audience of more than 1’000 attendees to compete for up to 1 million USD in equity investments and other prizes.

SomaApps  with its mobile solution to list and match students with thousands of domestic and international scholarships came second, and Worknasi with its web platform for office and meeting room sharing grabbed the last spot in the top 3.

The other startups invited to pitch were tanzDevs Company, ScholarDream , HadithiApp, Flow Farm, Emakatt, Be A Lady, and Afropremiere.
Seedstars organized the event with the support of the Swiss Embassy in Tanzania, COSTECH, the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF), our local ambassador Buni Hub, as well as our regional partner Enel Green Power. Seedstars World’s next stop is Kampala to select the most promising tech startup in Uganda. Seedstars World is looking for innovative startups that solve regional issues and/or develop profitable products for the global market.

Here are the 10 Startups to pitch at Seedstars World Dar Es Salaam

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Seedstars World, the global early-stage startups competition in partnership with the Swiss Embassy, COSTECH, and the Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) has announced the 10 startups that will pitch at its Dar Es Salaam event in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania on Thursday, July 20th at Buni Innovation Hub.
The winner will advance to the global competition in Switzerland to compete for up to 500,000 USD in equity investment. The 10 startups that were selected include:
Afropremiere Afropremiere is a platform that helps artists sell their music and video in a way that is proportional to the number of views they get and traction they generate.
Be A Lady Be A Lady installs sanitary napkin vending machines ti make female higiene products available for all, and accepts coins or cards as forms of payment.
Emakatt A web and mobile app that allows users to request their laundry to be pickuped up, cleaned, and delivered in a fast affordable way.
Flow Farm Flow farm and company deals with improvement of agriculture basing on cut edge technology as to boast production quality and quantity.
HadithiApp HadithiApp is a mobile app that allows better distribution channels for ebooks written in kiswahili.
Nefrids Africa Limited SimuBima is the first of its kind Mobile Phone Insurance Solution designed to reach as many users across Tanzania using digital channels.
ScholarDream Co. Ltd Scholar Dream is a management system for schools to help student access resources and track their progress, while aggregating all relevant information for parents and teachers in one place.
SOMAAPPS Technologies Limited SomaApp is a mobile app that lists and matches East African students with thousands of domestic and international scholarships.
tanzDevs Company TanzDevs is a mobile app that brings normal book contents to life for a richer more entertaining educational experience
Worknasi Worknasi is a web platform for office and meeting room sharing, which connects startups with office owners to share office space in return for payment.

 

The winner from last year, Lilian Makoi, the founder of Jamii, a mobile micro-health insurance product for the low income and informal sector, represented Tanzania during the Global Summit. She was amongst the top 12 of finalists and was nominated for the best female entrepreneur prize.

Seedstars World also recently partnered with Enel Green Power to launch the Africa Energy Prize looking for the best energy startup in Africa to receive a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up to 50,000 USD.

To attend the event and watch the pitches in Tanzania, anyone can RSVP here (limited number of spots available)

Seedstars World to hold on August 4th in Kampala, Uganda

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Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes is set to hold on the 4th of August at the Outbox hub where up to 10 of the best seed stage startups will be invited to pitch.

The Kampala event is part of Seedstars mission to place the spotlight on entrepreneurs from emerging markets. Seedstars World is travelling to more than 75 countries this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to USD 500,000 and network with investors and mentors from around the world. Its previous participants have raised over USD 61M collectively, providing employment to more than 1000 employees worldwide.

The companies selected to pitch at the Seedstars Kampala event need to be less than 2 years old, have raised less than USD 500,000 in funding and have built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction. The Seedstars World team is searching for one additional criterion – the startup’s regional and global scalability.
“Seedstars World is a platform connecting investors to the next generation of startup entrepreneurs, pulling the spotlight from Silicon Valley and Western Europe. Uganda has never failed to produce top notch entrepreneurs and we are happy to be back again” explains Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa at Seedstars World.

Seedstars World is also working very closely with Enel Green Power to source the most innovative business models in the energy sectors and ones that are fostering socio-economic development in rural villages in Africa. Up to 5 best startups in this sector will be invited for an exclusive RES4Africa networking event taking place later this November in Nairobi and compete for an Africa Energy Prize which consists of a financial contribution and a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up to 50,000 USD.

Applications are open now, and startups can apply here: https://seedsta.rs/kampala2017

 

 

10 Tanzanian seed stage startups to compete for Seedstars World $500 000 equity investment

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Ten seed stage startups from Tanzania will on 20 July 2017 compete to represent the country at the Seedstars Summit and stand a chance to raise up to USD 500 000 in equity investment from the Seedstars World in Switzerland, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets.

Coming to Tanzania for the 3rd time, the event will hold at Buni Hub, in Dar el Salaam and will look for startups that have built a minimum viable product, are solving local problems ideally with existing traction and can scale regionally or globally. Seedstars World is looking for smart startups that solve regional issues and develop profitable products for the global market, to support their regional businesses and growth.

Up to 10 of the best seed stage startups in Tanzania will be invited to pitch for the opportunity to compete at the Seedstars Summit, that annually takes place . At the same time, Seedstars World is also working very closely with Enel Green Power to source the most innovative business models in the energy sectors and ones that are fostering socio-economic development in rural villages in Africa. Up to 5 best startups in this sector will be invited for an exclusive RES4Africa networking event taking place later this November in Nairobi and compete for an Africa Energy Prize which consists of a financial contribution and a three-month acceleration programme for a total value of up to 50,000 USD.

Seedstars World is travelling to more than 65 countries this year to identify the best seed-stage entrepreneurs and provide them with an opportunity to win up to USD 500 000 and network with investors and mentors from around the world. Its previous participants have raised over USD 61M collectively, providing employment to more than 800 employees worldwide.

Applications are still open, and startups can apply here: https://seedsta.rs/dar2017 by Thursday 13th of July. Attendees have to RSVP on the same link to attend the event.

 

Enel Green Power & Seedstars Launch Africa Energy Track Challenge to Identify Innovative Energy Access Startups in Africa

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Enel Green Power, a renewable energies division of Italy’s Enel Group has partnered with Seedstars World to establish the Africa Energy Track challenge to identify innovative startups in the field of electricity access in Africa within the framework of the Seedstars World startup competition.

The two aim to enhance technology and entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan rural areas by bringing innovative energy solutions focused on electric mobility, storage, distributed generation and energy efficiency, thereby tackling UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG7 – ensuring affordable and clean energy for all.

“Seedstars’ expertise and programs match Enel’s commitment to opening up to new, pioneering startups, seeking innovative solutions to energy and sustainability challenges”, explained Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Green Power. “Through this partnership, Enel has the opportunity to gain access to the most innovative companies taking a step forward in the search for new, disruptive business models that can foster socio-economic development in rural Africa.”

The Enel Group, through its participation in this project, aims to identify companies that can help to foster socio-economic development in rural villages in sub-Saharan Africa through electrification. Electricity is a fundamental factor to bring about socio-economic growth, but it must be accompanied by commercial and productive activities. The Africa Energy Track challenge will help identify innovative and disruptive business models focusing on electrifying remote rural regions and on the creation of related income-generating activities.

Enel will work with Seedstars in over 20 different local events across Africa and will select at least one startup in the energy field at the Seedstars Africa Regional Summit. The selected winner will enter a three-month growth and acceleration programme, which includes a financial contribution, provided by Seedstars.

Since 2013 Seedstars has run the “Seedstars World” startup competition through startup scouting, company building and acceleration programmes, the Seedstars team now has access to entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, corporations and government officials from more than 75 countries.

In sub-Saharan Africa, Enel is present in South Africa through Enel Green Power RSA (EGP RSA), which has more than 520 MW of wind and solar plants in operation, and Enel Energy South Africa, which provides innovative energy solutions to residential and business clients. In Zambia, the Group was awarded the 34 MW Ngonye PV solar project in the country’s Scaling Solar programme auction in June 2016.