8 Cape Town finalists named for Get in the Ring global startup competition


In South Africa, the Capetonian finalists for the international startup competition Get in the Ring have been announced and will be pitching 22 July.

The competition aims to source impressive early-stage companies from around the globe. Over 2 000 startups from 50 countries are filtered via regional finals and pitted up against each other in order to stand a chance of winning €1 000 000 (R15 000 000) in investments.

Here are the Cape Town finalists:

The edtech startup is building a mobile first Adaptive learning assessment platform that creates a knowledge profile as a learner works through a course and feeds them relevant content that is at their level of proficiency. Daptio says it’s content agnostic and have various partners that are running pilots in schools, universities and corporates.

Ekaya is a trust-based community marketplace for long term renting. It’s like AirBnb as it aims to provide a layer of transparency and all the tools landlords and tenants need to connect and rent. Ekaya helps landlords rent their properties and manage their tenants, themselves.

GoMetro is a data-driven transit app for City Transport that contextualizes schedules and real-time data with crowdsourced updates from users in the system. GoMetro is also a social network for transit users — improving the customer experience of moving around in a city through a mobile-centred, location-aware service — for trains, buses and and BRT. The app connects users to transport operators for effective pinpoint communication of developments during operations.

MzansiStore is an online marketplace that connects small, creative businesses to a local and global market. It focuses on empowering designers, crafters and artisans to build sustainable businesses by making online selling easy.

Nervedata installs smart devices into company operations to collect and provide clean operational data. It’s like the Internet of Things for your business. It’s services help companies make better decisions and strengthen the return on physical and human assets.

Shopstar has created a service that enables merchants to create and manage their own online shop effortlessly. It’s a home grown solution for South Africa’s unique ecommerce requirements.

Snapplify is a comprehensive platform for distribution, reading and retail of digital books, magazines and newspapers. It works with leading publishers on multiple types of content including education. It aims to use its experience from emerging markets like Africa to reach into broader markets like South America.

This startup is an on-demand courier application that summons a courier at the touch of a button. It’s almost like an Uber for delivery and pick-up services that plugs into existing services.

The winner of the Johannesburg group will be decided on 16 July. For more information about the events click here.



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