DEMO Africa, Afrika's premier launch pad for emerging technologies and trends has today released the list of its final 30 startups that will launch at this year’s DEMO Africa conference in Johannesburg, 23-24 November 2017.
The finalists were picked from a record 956 digital startups from 28 Afrikan countries that applied to launch at the event. 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.
The final 30 Afrikan startups have products in 10 verticals including logistics, retail, ecommerce, education, fintech, media, renewable energy and health. Banking and financial technologies (FinTech) had the highest number of tries followed by media and ecommerce.
The adjudication process which began mid June 2017 and involved a series of activities with a continental jury.
“The adjudication process involves a review of the documentation submitted by the startups, a review of their online properties, and testing some of the applications that are online, But the judges also look at the innovation, viability and the product – market fit,” said Mbugua Njihia, Event Director at DEMO Africa.
The DEMO Africa 2017 conference, which will take place from 23rd – 24th November 2017, and it is expected to attract venture capitalists, angel Investors, investment fund managers tech buyers, entrepreneurs, innovation supporters & media from various parts of the world.
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:
|Temateq||Cameroon||Media - Gaming|
|Chimera IoT LLC||Kenya||FinTech|
|ZOA Tech Limited||Kenya||FinTech|
|Mobile Forms Africa||Nigeria||Research|
|Atele Advanced Solutions||Nigeria||Energy|
|K Measure Pty Ltd||South Africa||EdTech|
|Intelligent Routing||South Africa||Logistics|