Here are the 11 startups that’ll compete at Seedstars World Soweto

Seedstars World, the Swiss-based emerging markets entrepreneurial conglomerate, on Tuesday announced the 11 startups that’ll be competing in the Soweto leg of its South African pre-selection event tour.

The Soweto event is the third and final in the pre-selection series, with the Cape Town winners announced in late May and the Durban event set to take place on Wednesday.

The event will take place at eKasi Labs with the startups to pitch to a panel of judges. The top three startups will be invited to Johannesburg, where they will compete with the best startups of Cape Town and Durban, of which one will be crowned the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars World South Africa 2016. The South African competition is carried out with the support of Standard Bank, who will further support the startups on their path to success.

The 11 startups that are selected to participate at the Seedstars World pitching event are:


DroneSnap is an online platform that provides on-demand, high quality, professional drone operators for all forms of aerial imaging.


This startup provides digital and P2P insurance backed by crowdfunded reinsurance.


Is an alcohol delivery app that delivers alcohol to your door in under 60 minutes.

Zula Afrika

A non-traditional, technology enabled public transport service, offering commuters the convenience and flexibility that they are used to.


A communication-centric organizer that transforms email and instant messaging into a set of organized to-do lists.


An Africa-centric B2B e-marketplace driven to help small and medium enterprises in agriculture, food and beverages to sell their goods to export markets.

Black Industrialists (Pty) Ltd

An application that channels ED funds to smallholder farmers through monitoring, evaluation and reporting before access to markets.

Pinard Aéronautique

This startup created a Pinard’s P3210 helicopter, an affordable, FAA-compliant solution that folds away when not in use.

GEM Payment Services GEM

Offers a mobile payment platform to reward social action.

UmoyAir Communications

UmoyAir provides free calls from mobile phones to any number without airtime or data.


GoldPay is a financially inclusive asset-backed investment, savings and money sharing platform created on a blockchain technology.

“Durban and Soweto are our newest additions in our Seedstars tour in South Africa. I’m looking forward to witnessing the incredible talent that we will find in these new locations and showcasing it at our South Africa final and hopefully on the global stage.” says Marcello Schermer, Regional Manager for Seedstars World Africa.

Image: The Travelling Beaver, via Flickr.



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