In less than a month the first DEMO Africa tech startups event will take place in Nairobi, Kenya. In preparation for the event, the organisers have released a shortlist of 40 startups from different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to launch at DEMO Africa next month.
“This has been a very enriching exercise seeing the kind of quality innovation coming out of Africa,” said Harry Hare, the DEMO Africa Executive producer, commenting about the selection process.
According to DEMO Africa, a total of 500 applications were processed in lead to this event. Out of these 150 were shortlisted and then again another shortlisting process produced the 40 startups. Of the 40 startups, 14 are from Kenya, 11 from South Africa, 4 from Ghana, 3 from Nigeria, 2 Senegal, 2 Tanzania and Cameroon, Egypt, Uganda and Zimbabwe contributing 1 each.
Here’s the list of 40:
Name of Startup
|Kuza Mobile||Pieter Nel||South Africa|
|Sasa Africa||Ella Peinovich||Kenya|
|Mprep Kenya||Kosgei Isaac||Kenya|
|Evly||Eric Edelstein||South Africa|
|Gigham||George Gally||South Africa|
|KKYB Productions||Kekeli Buckner||Ghana|
|TaxTIm||Evan Robinson||South Africa|
|Maliyo Games||Hugo Obi||Nigeria|
|My Order||Hilda Moraa||Kenya|
|Firestring||Alison Jacobson||South Africa|
|Hewani Retail||Thuo Herbert||Kenya|
|MTI Support App||Sean Venter||South Africa|
|MobiFlock||Vanessa Clark||South Africa|
|OzinboPay||Sam Paapa Opoku||Ghana|
|Djoss.tv||Ndjientcheu Ngandjui Patrick||Cameroon|
|Qabila Media Productions||Perihan Abou-Zeid||Egypt|
|ExpenZa||Wim Morris||South Africa|
|SkillPod Media||Mark van Diggelen||South Africa|
|People Input||Serigne Barro||Senegal|
|Framework One||Stephan Pienaar||South Africa|
|Mlouma||Aboubacar Sidy Sonko||Senegal|
|Balefyre||Earl Joseph||South Africa|
You can view the full details of the startups on the comprehensive list on the DEMO Africa site here.
DEMO Africa is part of the “Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations (LIONS@FRICA) Partnership, an alliance which, according to their website, has been created to “enhance and deepen the startup and innovation ecosystems of targeted fast- growing African economies.” LIONS@FRICA is spearheaded by the US State Department and supported by Microsoft, DEMO, USAID, and Startup Weekend.