Last week, a bus left Harare with a group of ‘buspreneurs’. Their mission couldn’t have been more exciting. On the bus, for 4 days on their way to the southern tip of the continent in Cape Town, they would form teams, come up with ideas and build startups that would be pitched at the destination. The trip was designed to happen during the duration of the Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Out of the trip came 8 teams. He’s a short description of each StartupBus Africa startup:
Workforce, the winners of the pitching competition, provide employers an Android based mobile planning software, in order to successfully hire labor through a trusted and rated system. They solve problems for both employers and employees in short contract industries like construction. Through the app employers are able to get trusted employees while employers are able to sell their labour more effectively. You can read more about them on their site here.
This team made it as one of the runners-up. The app crowdsources bribe prices in to feed the data to users who are then able to know the market price for different types of bribe situations. The intended objective is to fight corruption but apparently, also help people paying bribes to know the fair market price.
This is a funeral event management app designed to be the Eventbrite for funerals.
This education startup uses mobile (voice and SMS) to provide a solution where teachers can prerecord lessons (and other material) and students can access it from a basic phone by dialing in a shortcode.
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This is a mobile matchmaking service for entrepreneurs and investors. The service helps both parties find each other easily.
We wrote about this startup last week just before the pitches. Through an app, they want to rally the world to help raise money to fund a greener African future.
This app is for the NGO sector. It uses data generated by the these organisation to help them deliver aid more efficiently.
Pela24’s solution is a 24 hour free medical hotline service for people in rural areas. By accessing information via the hotlines people are able to diagonise diseases in the absence of health practitioners.