The startup world is currently thriving and in recent years has fast become the epitome of “hip” and “cool”. Fittingly, the majority of startup events are as trendy and loud as many believe the startup world to be. However, one of the competitions WUNDERDING has been visiting over the last years — the Falling Walls Venture in Berlin — seems to be in direct contrast to this trendy world. Whilst some startup events put emphasis on being modern and stylish, Falling Walls ensures that it showcases a certain prudent seriousness down to the smallest detail and the event in general…
“A DIFFERENT PICTURE” — AFRICAN STARTUPS AND THEIR WAY TO BUILD THE FUTURE
Ruth Nabembezi’s story sounds inconceivable for someone who grew up under the sheltered conditions of Western Europe. Ruth is born in Uganda in 1995. Her parents die early from AIDS and she grows up with her sister in an orphanage. One day, the condition of her sister, who was already born with AIDS, worsens and she rapidly loses weight. The neighbours blame this on a demon and bring her sister to a different site to exorcise the demon. She dies only a few days later. …
DESCRIPTION: TURBULENT develops and installs micro, mini and small hydro-power plants that are based on “biomimicry” and work together with nature, to create clean, reliable and affordable energy for even the most remote communities, without harming local ecosystem.
Head Office Europe: Antwerp, Belgium
Lab in Europe: Hasselt, Belgium
Office and Lab South America: Santiago, Chile
Jasper Verreydt and Geert Slachmuylders
Earlier this month we published the story of Ako GUNN. His plan is to build a “innovative partnership between producers and local people, my small manufacturing social enterprise will collect, sort, and process these products to make finished products such as juices, purees and jams.”
Here is an excerpt from Ako´s interview:
WUNDERDING: What is your startup “Proud Togo” about?
Ako: My social enterprise project will be implemented in Togo, a small…
Accelerator: Merck Accelerator
Merck Accelerator helps entrepreneurs build startups worldwide.
build companies worldwide.
Nairobi / Kenya
WHO COULD APPLY?: Early stage startups in the eHealth sector on the African continent, with solutions targeting the African market.
TAKEN EQUITY?: No
DURATION: 3 months
Please tell us more about the Merck accelerator in Africa?
Karina Fassbender: The Merck accelerator programme Africa is based in Nairobi in Kenya. So, it is our first intake now and we are starting in April 2016 with three startups. It is focusing on digital health solutions, so basically mobile solutions in…
STARTUP: BRCK and BRCK Education
BRCK is a rugged, self powered, WIFI device that connects you to the internet wherever you are. There are several use cases for this device, the most promising and obvious is education.
PLACE: Kenya / Nairobi
FOUNDERS: Erik Hersman, Phillip Walton, Reg Orton, Juliana Rotich
Pre-Seed: Business Angels
2013 Kickstarter: $172,107 USD with 1,078 backers
2015 $ 3 million
STAGE (April 2016): Scaling
EMPLOYEES (April 2016): 11–50
In Hannover at the CeBIT I met Alex Masika from BRCK and we talked about the BRCK device, startups in Africa and their vision…
The UPRISE Festival is a 2-day event for European Tech Startups.
I asked Christian Hänchen, one of the organizers, why the Festival is worth visiting.
How did it all start two years ago?
Christian: Paul, the founder of UPRISE is an down-to-earth Irish tech lover and he was sick of all the huge and to expensive expos, where visitor were all sitting and listening to the heads of all the high up top startups or companies.
He decided to create something different: UPRISE. He did the first UPRISE which was for free and Paul wanted to see how people receive it. It…
Uniti is an electric city car that aims for holistic sustainability, a futuristic user experience and is developed in an open source manner.
PLACE: Lund / Sweden
FOUNDERS: Lewis Horne
FOUNDED: Pre-study commenced in late 2014, legally founded in January 2016
FUNDING: Pre-Seed: Bootstraping, Investments by family and friends, Business Angels, Government and academic backing
Now looking for a seed funding. A crowd funding campaign is coming. More info here at WUNDERDING soon.
STAGE (April 2016): Seed
SMS & Voice notification solutions to track antenatal care and immunization sessions.
PLACE: Yaounde / Cameroon
At the CeBIT I met Dr. Agbor ASHU from giftedMom. He is the Program Officer, Impact Monitoring & Evaluation. We talked about maternal and infant mortality in Africa and their way to work on this problem.
Where did the story of giftedMom begin?
Dr. Agbor ASHU: The idea of giftedMom came up in 2012 when a young engineer, Alain Nteff, went to visit…
In June 2015 I met Eric Beydoun, CEO of WAVVE Stream in Paris at the Hello Tomorrow conference in Paris. WAVVE Stream is as startup based in Houston that has developed a Chitosan-based gel formulation with exceptional binding properties, applicable in a variety of current filter systems in the water treatment industry. Now more than seven months later I look forward to talking to Eric again to get some news about what happened.
WUNDERDING: Eric, what has happend since the “Hello Tomorrow” competition?
Eric: Last year in November we were accepted into the H2O Challenge 2015. The H20 Challenge is…
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