Zimbabwe's myRunner has been announced as the winner of the Seedstars World pitching competition which took place on 27 October 2017. during Seedstars Harare, The transport startup will represent Zimbabwe at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland to compete for up to $1 million in equity investment and other prizes.
myRunner allows users to book their bus tickets and track the bus' location too.
Munch, a tech based, logistics, online food ordering company that connects hungry food lovers with local restaurants in their city came second, and Equities Nest, a platform will help you get started on the African stock markets with a few clicks, grabbed the last spot in the top 3.
Two additional prizes were also annouced at the Seedstars Harare event, namely, the civic tech prize which was awarded to Tipster, which aims to democratize the news making process by placing the power of the media into the hands of the ordinary people. The Best Learner prize, awarded to the startup that showed the most progress during the two day bootcamp organized at Impact Hub, went to Commonground, a peer-networking app that connects university students to share projects, ideas, and opportunities.
The 5 startups will be part of a Zimbabwe delegation that will attend the upcoming Africa Regional Summit in Maputo, Mozambique from the 12th to 14th of December. Continuing on its world tour of startup scenes in emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, Seedstars World’s next stop is Botswana to select the best digital startup in the Southern Afrikan country. The pitch competition in Botswana will take place on 3 November 2017 in country's capital, Gaborone.
Seedstars World continues to look for smart startups in Afrika that solve regional issues and/or develop profitable products for the global market. They have advised that the startups that want to apply to pitch at the Seedstars Gaborone event need to be:
- Less than 2 years old.
- Have raised less than $500,000 in funding.
- Have built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction.
- Potential for regional and global scalability.