A couple of months ago Evernote passed through Zimbabwe looking for design and development talent keen on using Evernote’s open API to develop solutions for the African market, and submit these for consideration at the Evernote Platform Awards.
As a follow up to that, Kenya’s Chamasoft was announced last week as the winner of the Africa Innovation Award. This is part of the Evernote Platform Awards presented in partnership with the African Technology Foundation.
The Kenyan app beat Prowork from Nigeria and South Africa’s OurHood- a shortlist that more or less reflects the maturity of the tech startup ecosystems in those three countries.
The Chamasoft app is a web based platform which automates the management of investment groups called chamas which are the Kenyan variant of what we call maround in Zimbabwe. The app was a winner of the PIVOT East Finance category having been launched at DEMO Africa.
The Chamasoft team will pitch during the Evernote Conference in San Francisco, California and Evernote has pledged to follow through with this initiative to ensure that African startups they work with get exposure to a global audience.
Evernote launched the Platform Awards as a way to recognise software apps around the world that connect with Evernote with the best apps being featured in Evernote App Center. The African Innovation Award is meant to recognise top development talent on the continent, which has been under the spotlight with increased attention on local ecosystems.