Next month, 11 startups from 6 African countries will pitch on stage to investors, corporates, media and other stakeholders at the second edition of the Africa Startup Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.
According to Disrupt Africa, one of the partners of the annual event, more than 100 applications were received from startups across the continent from various sectors before selecting of the best in ed-tech, fintech, prop-tech, agri-tech, recruitment and waste management.
Here are the startups selected to Pitch Live at Africa Startup Summit:
- BAG Innovation (Rwanda): a digital platform that combines AI and gamification to simulate virtual internships and bridge the gap between the Academic and Business sectors;
- OkwuEco (Nigeria): a marketplace that helps users to buy, sell, trade or recycle their solid waste from anywhere, without payment, language or location barriers;
- M-Lugha App (Kenya): translates the Kenyan school syllabus into indigenous languages for rural, nomadic and pastoral communities, improving quality of education;
- HouseAfrica (Nigeria): uses blockchain technology to digitise land ownership verification for banks and mortgage companies, increasing access to loans for home buyers;
- MarketForce (Kenya): connects Africa’s informal retail shops directly to suppliers of consumer goods and financial services;
- The Awareness Company (South Africa): uses data-driven storytelling to help organisations make sense of multiple sources of information from people, sensors and systems to get a clear picture and make quick and effective decisions;
- Limestart (Nigeria): boosts financial inclusion for unbanked small businesses in Africa’s informal sector by helping them digitise transaction records and collect flexible digital payments;
- M-omulimisa (Uganda): a virtual online consultation platform for smallholder farmers, also offering agro insurance services;
- Talents Arena (Egypt): an online recruitment platform that helps growing companies find the ideal tech talent matching their needs;
- ThankUCash (Nigeria): provides infrastructure for rewards and loyalty for banks and businesses across Africa;
- Riby (Nigeria): helps communities, cooperatives and trade groups digitise their operations and get access to financial services through its digital platforms and offline channels.
The Africa Tech Summit, Kigali is scheduled to take place on February 5 and 6, and is expected to bring together more than 600 stakeholders in the tech startup space across the continent to explore the opportunities and challenges within the ecosystem, while showcasing Africa’s abundant entrepreneurial talent.