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Earlier this year, Evernote traveled through Africa from Nigeria to Kenya and then South Africa in search of a promising tech startups that could compliment its app ecosystem. The US productivity software company then teamed up with the African Technology Foundation and scouted the continent’s tech hubs in search of a promising startup to pitch at the Evernote Conference in Silicon Valley.
Now Kenyan financial recording company, Chamasoft, has been announced as the winner of the African Innovation Award. Chris Traganos, Evernote’s Director of Developer Relations commented:
“We are excited to show the Evernote community Chamasoft’s financial tools for community-based savings. We look forward to working closely with all teams and supporting them as we promote African startups in the Evernote App Center to a worldwide audience.”
The Evernote Conference is meant to celebrate apps developed for its platform. In Africa, groups pitched to win the favour of both local and international judges. The regional winners were Chamasoft from Kenya, Prowork from Nigeria, and CatsAndNotes as well as OurHood from South Africa.
Evernote’s General Manager in EMEA, Cristina Riesen, who will be speaking at DEMO Africa later this month in Lagos, commented:
“During our visit to Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, we were encouraged to see first hand the existing hub of developer and startup talent across the continent. We are excited to work closely with the tech ecosystem in the future, supporting them to develop the best applications that connect with the Evernote API.”
Stephen Ozoigbo, CEO, African Technology Foundation, commented:
“We consider this to be an exciting first step into a long journey with Evernote and we are thrilled to provide access to internationalization for African Startups through the Evernote platform.
Africa is home to over 1 million of Evernote’s 100 million users. Close to 75% of Evernote users are based outside of the US and Canada, and one third are based in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.