Final 30 Startups for DEMO Africa Announced, Bisa and Kudigo In

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Last week, we reported that 35 startups had been shortlisted to pitch to the DEMO Africa team for final selection. The final list is out, and you’ll be excited to know that Bisa and Kudigo, the 2 Ghanaian shortlists, made the final list.

The 30 final startups will launch at this year’s DEMO Africa conference in Johannesburg, 23-24 November 2017. Out of the 30, South Africa is represented by 8 startups, Nigeria 7, Kenya 6 and 2 each from Ghana and Zimbabwe. Cameroun, Uganda, Morocco, Tanzania and Senegal have 1 entry each. Four of the companies were picked through the Innovation Tours.

“The entries this year certainly kept up with the DEMO Africa spirit to produce innovative and creative ideas that are bound to transform the technology landscape and we are excited by the growth of innovation and technological advancement in Africa as portrayed by our finalists,” said Harry Hare, Executive Producer at DEMO Africa, while congratulating the finalists.

 

 

This year’s event is supported by the LIONS@frica Partners, City of Ekurhuleni, the Provincial Government of Gauteng and a host of other partners including Microsoft, Google, The African Business Angels Network, African Technology Foundation among others.

Here is a full list of the 30 finalists:

Company Country Vertical
Temateq Cameroon Media – Gaming
Bisa Ghana Health
KudiGo Inc Ghana FinTech
Chimera IoT LLC Kenya FinTech
Shield Enterprise Kenya FinTech
ZOA Tech Limited Kenya FinTech
Daktari Africa Kenya Health
Taz Technologies Kenya Logistics
Optimetriks Kenya Retail
SOS SANTE Morocco Health
Mobile Forms Africa Nigeria Research
Atele Advanced Solutions Nigeria Energy
Peachwater Consulting Nigeria Energy
Suvenia Nigeria e-Commerce
Medsaf Nigeria Health
Pepperest Nigeria FinTech
GoSpot Nigeria Media
JokkoText Senegal e-Commerce
Airbuy South Africa Retail
K Measure Pty Ltd South Africa EdTech
Picadoo South Africa e-Commerce
Spazapp South Africa e-Commerce
Tapsnapp South Africa e-Commerce
FinChatBot South Africa FinTech
Intelligent Routing South Africa Logistics
Rooster South Africa Media
A-Trader Tanzania FinTech
Sellio Uganda e-Commerce
Dadala Zimbabwe FinTech
Round Shopper Zimbabwe e-Commerce

Another point to note was this year’s process of getting the innovation tour winners to pitch for another regional selection. So if you have been following DEMO Africa for some time, you’ll notice that there are innovation tour events held during which the winners get to join the final list of startups to pitch. This year, something slightly different happened. After the regional tour which Practical Education Network won in Accra, the team had to pitch again against the winning team from Nigeria, which made them lose their spot in the final 30.

I understand that rules change, but I wish there was a nicer way to involve the innovation tour winners. We wish the best for all 30 startups. To especially Bisa and Kudigo, we say “Mo!”

 


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