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Here are the 2018 AppsAfrica Innovation Awards finalists

Tech portal and advisory service AppsAfrica.com has announced the finalists of the fourth AppsAfrica Innovation Awards.

The winners of this year’s awards will be announced in Cape Town on 12 November at the awards party which takes place on the eve of AfricaCom.

The awards aim to celebrate the best in mobile and tech innovation across the continent. This year, over 300 submissions from 39 countries were received, with solutions launched across all 54 African markets by startups, established ventures and corporates.

AppsAfrica.com has shortlisted 70 finalists for this year’s AppsAfrica Innovation Awards

In a statement yesterday (10 October) the advisory service said most of the entries received were from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya.

A significant amount of submissions were also made from smaller markets including Malawi, Sao Tome and Principe, Mauritania and Liberia, illustrating what AppsAfrica described as “the growth of innovation” across the continent.

The awards, which are supported by Uber, JET8, Syntonic and Mobile Monday South Africa (MOMO), will provide winners with industry recognition, global publicity, and networking opportunities with over 300 industry peers who are expected to attend the awards finals.

Category winners will also be invited to attend Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2019, where they will join over 400 tech leaders from across the continent.

Applications for the 14 categories were assessed and judged by an independent panel of industry experts including media, investors and leaders from the tech ecosystem. Having assessed all the entries, the judges have whittled it down to the following 70 finalists. They are:

Agritech

Aerobotics (South Africa), Farmcrowdy for the Farmcrowdy App (Nigeria), Kitovu (Nigeria), Trotro Tractor (Ghana) and Wefarm (Kenya)

Blockchain Award

Custos Media Technologies for Custos (South Africa), Fintech Ltd for Interstellar Decentralized Wallet and Exchange (Cameroon), Savannah for GoomCash (Mauritania) and SovTech for Project UBU (South Africa)

Best African App

Farmcrowdy for the Farmcrowdy App (Nigeria), Fedgroup for Fedgroup Impact Farming (South Africa), Inzone Adlink for Hey Jude App (South Africa), biNu Africa for Moya Messenger (South Africa) and SafeBoda (Uganda)

Changing Africa Award

Medixus (Kenya), Orange for Get My App (DRC), RippleNami (Kenya), Flutterwave (Nigeria) and Vanu, Inc (Rwanda/Zambia)

Disruptive Innovation

BACE Group (Ghana), Fedgroup for Fedgroup Impact Farming (South Africa), minoHealth (Ghana), Nala for Nala App (Tanzania) and Zuoix for Zoomed (Cameroon)

Edtech

BeBlocky (Ethiopia), Ever Africa for Xander Educational Apps (South Africa), Kytabu (Kenya), Snapplify (South Africa) and WeThinkCode (South Africa)

Enterprise Solution

Kobo360 (Nigeria), Clickatell for WhatsApp Chat Banking (South Africa), Digemy for Digemy Knowledge Partner (South Africa), Kasi Eats (South Africa), Kirusa for Kirusa Connect (Ghana)

Fintech

Clickatell for WhatsApp Chat Banking (South Africa), Flutterwave (Nigeria), Nala for Nala App (Tanzania), Oko (Mali) and Paylater (Nigeria)

Healthtech

Baobab Circle for Afya Pap (Kenya), Flare (Kenya), MOBicure for myPaddi (Nigeria), Vodacom for Vodacom Mum and Baby (South Africa) and WellaHealth (Nigeria)

Internet of Things (IoT)

CypressV for Smart Switch (Nigeria), Hope Tech Plus for The Sixth Sense (Kenya), Hydrologistics Africa (Kenya), Rydwith (South Africa) and Visiosoft (South Africa)

mcommerce

Bayqi (Angola), Denkim Insurance (Kenya), Orange for Orange Data Management Program (Egypt), Travelstart for Flapp (South Africa) and WayaWaya for WayaWaya Social Payments (Kenya)

Mobility and transport

Flx (South Africa), LÜLA (South Africa), UGABUS Inc (Uganda), Yego Innovision (Rwanda) and Zuoix for Zoomed (Cameroon)

Media and entertainment

OGLE Digital Media for OGLE Content Download Hotspots (South Africa), Publiseer (Nigeria), Qene Technologies for Kukulu Game (Ethiopia), Taza PLC for EventsEthiopia (Ethiopia) and Vodacom for Vodacom Music! (South Africa)

Social Impact

All-Farmers-Online (Nigeria), Farmcrowdy App (Nigeria), MOBicure for myPaddi (Nigeria), ScholarX Inc for ScholarX (Nigeria) and WeThinkCode (South Africa)