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DEMO Africa announces shortlist of 40 tech startups


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



eLimu Nivi Mukherjee Kenya
iPay Philip Nyamwaya Kenya
Kuza Mobile Pieter Nel South Africa
Sasa Africa Ella Peinovich Kenya
mKazi Nancy Wang 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
ProWork Francis Onwumere Nigeria
Firestring Alison Jacobson South Africa
Hewani Retail Thuo Herbert Kenya
Kuzima Michael Ocansey Ghana
mPawa Maxwell Donkor Ghana
MTI Support App Sean Venter South Africa
Mverified Patrick Innovator Kenya
MobiFlock Vanessa Clark South Africa
OzinboPay Sam Paapa Opoku Ghana Ndjientcheu Ngandjui Patrick Cameroon
mTracker Mwema Jacob Kenya
Qabila Media Productions Perihan Abou-Zeid Egypt
CrowdPesa Christian KAKOBA Kenya
Eskimi Vytautas Paukštys Nigeria
ExpenZa Wim Morris South Africa
Lipisha Martin Kasomo Kenya
Meka Mugume Collins Uganda
SkillPod Media Mark van Diggelen South Africa
People Input Serigne Barro Senegal
Framework One Stephan Pienaar South Africa
Kivuko Amiri Mziray Tanzania
Mlouma Aboubacar Sidy Sonko Senegal
MPayer Stella Njoki Kenya
Kytabu Tonee Ndungu Kenya
Rasello Natalino Mwenda Tanzania
Balefyre  Earl Joseph South Africa
dash2go Samuel Wanjohi Kenya
VirtualBank Tawanda Kembo Zimbabwe


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.


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