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Online food delivery platform Tupuca, which currently serves 20 000 customers, has been selected the best startup in Angola by Seedstars World, the global seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets.
The announcement was made in a press release yesterday by Seedstars World and follows a pitching competition that took place at Thomson Group International’s office in Angola’s capital Luanda last Friday. Eight selected startups were invited to present their ideas in front of the local jury panel.
As a part of the prize Tupuca will be participating at the Seedstars Summits in Mozambique in December and Switzerland later this year to represent Angola.
Tupuca has so far delivered over 80 000 meals in the first year and has created over 75 jobs
“Tupuca has been officially introduced to the world. We believe that we have unlocked new opportunities by winning Seedstar Luanda 2017. We can’t wait to see what Mozambique and the rest of the world has to offer,” said Erickson Mvezi, co-founder of Tupuca.
The startup has so far delivered over 80 000 meals in the first year and has created over 75 jobs.
Claudia Makadristo, Seedstar Seedstars World regional manager for Africa said the startup competed in last year’s edition as well but wasn’t strong enough at that time to win.
“We are extremely proud of the progress they have made since then, and for them to come back with so much traction this edition does not only show courage, but also determination and persistence. Tupuca is the deserved winner for this year’s edition,” she said.
The first runner up was Na Via, a company is seeking to revolutionise the way the bottom line of the society accesses advertising campaigns. Deya, Angola’s first crowdfunding platform took the third place.
The jury was represented by Kianda Hub founder Joel Epalange, Jobartis founder Adrian Vinuales, Infrasat marketing director Emilia Dias, Banco Postal business strategy specialist Armando Teixeira and Angolan Stock Exchange executive administrator Akiules Neto.
Featured image: Erickson Mvezi, co-founder of Tupuca (Supplied)