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30 tech start-ups to pitch for funding at DEMO Africa

Harry Hare (right),The executive producer of DEMO at a past DEMO Africa  in Nairobi

Harry Hare (right), The executive producer of DEMO at a past DEMO Africa in Nairobi

Thirty technology start-ups from across Africa will pitch at the 2015 edition of the DEMO Africa event to be held in Lagos. Nigeria again tops the list of start-ups with 8 representatives followed by Kenya with 6. South Africa is third with 3 representatives while Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon and Zimbabwe each have two.

Uganda, Tanzania and newcomer, Ivory Coast, will each be represented by 1 start-up. The presence of Ivory Coast on the list is a strong signal that more African nations are warming up to the ability of the continent to craft her own solutions to various needs.

The highest represented category on the 2015 list is Finance and Banking with 8 products. Other popular categories include Education, Transport and Logistics, Retail, Communication and Media and entertainment.

The Director General of National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Mr. Peter Jack warmly congratulated the start-ups and welcomed them to Nigeria for the Pan African technology event.

“We are excited at the opportunities that technology has presented to our African youths in creating jobs and wealth. This is a great moment in the history of Africa, steadily rising to establish its digital footprint in the world. Congratulations to the finalists,” Mr Jack emphasized.

Harry Hare, The executive producer of DEMO Africa, congratulated all the participating entrepreneurs noting the increase in the number of products from the applications received this year.

“I would like to congratulate every entrepreneur that took part in the DEMO Africa challenge, though the stage can only accommodate thirty entrepreneurs this year, our pride is particularly in the large numbers of entrepreneurs that continue to support the cause to have Africa generated solutions.” He commented.

The 30 start-ups have been selected from a list of over 600 hundred applicants with four earning direct nominations during the DEMO Africa pre-pitch events.

The selected start-ups will now be placed under a mentorship programme which will run till September 22nd2015. This programme is aimed at sharpening the pitching skills of the entrepreneurs readying them for the DEMO Africa stage.

More people continue to book their slots to witness the unveiling of the selected thirty products. The week-long event will take place between the 21st and 25th September, 2015 at the Eko Hotel& Suites, Lagos Nigeria. Over 500 guests including investors, IT buyers, IT consumers and media are expected.

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This year, DEMO Africa introduces knowledge streams to delve into critical topics including Business Modelling, Scaling Businesses, Creating an unfair advantage, and Raising Capital. Top industry players including Jorn Lyseggen-MEST Founder, Harry Tomi Davies-ABAN President, FolabiEsan-Partner, Adlevo Capital, Jason Njoku-IROKO TV CEO among others will lead the discussion.

The event will be co-hosted by DEMO Africa, Nigerian Ministry of Communication Technology and National Information Technology Agency-Nigeria in collaboration with LIONS@FRICA partnership and VC4Africa.

Company Enterprenuer Category Country
1 Koomza Longchi Gide Kanouo Education Cameroon
2 Feem Wifi Fritz Ekwoge Ekwoge Communication Cameroon
3 LockName Mourad Ashry Transport &Logistics Egypt
4 Raye7 Egypt
5 Zeepay Mobile Financial Services Andrew Takyi-Appiah Finance & Banking Ghana
6 Flippy Campus Educatiom Ghana
7 Airshop Francis Yapobi Retail Ivory Coast
8 InsureAfrika Gagan Hayer Finance & Banking Kenya
9 Abacus Joel Macharia Finance & Banking Kenya
10 SimbaPay Nyasinga Onyancha Finance & Banking Kenya
11 ENT Mobile Andrew Kamau Communication Kenya
12 Bitsoko Daniel Bloch Finance & Banking Kenya
13 BambaPOS Karogi Kamau Retail Kenya
14 Shield Finance Finance & Banking Kenya
15 LipaPlus Ndeeri Macharia Finance & Banking Kenya
16 Mavis Computel Limited Chizaram Ucheaga Education Nigeria
17 OgaVenue Andrew Airelobhegbe Transport &Logistics Nigeria
18 Talking Bookz Kolapo Ogungbile Educatiom Nigeria
19 Carparts Nigeria

Automobile Ltd

Ade Oladapo Transport &Logistics Nigeria
20 Zuvaa Kelechi Anyadiegwu Retail Nigeria
21 SmartEdu Molawi Adesuyi Education Nigeria
22 PoshRite Chidimma Nwankwo Media & Entertainment Nigeria
23 iKon Tracker Adedayo Charis Communication Nigeria
24 Edge Books Daniel Oluwagbemiga ben-Daniel Retail South Africa
25 Bozza Media Emma Kaye Media & Entertainment South Africa
26 Eco-mc2 Compressed Air

Hydraulic Energy Storage

Magriet Leaper Energy South Africa
27 Tango TV Victor Joseph Media & Entertainment Tanzania
28 Roundbob David Gonahasa Other Uganda
29 IPC eProductivity Lovemore Jokoya Finance & Banking Zimbabwe
30 RoadRules Transport &Logistics Zimbabwe
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