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Seedstars World, a global community for tech entrepreneurs in emerging markets, will hold its third annual Seedstars Africa Summit in Mozambique next month between 12 and 14 December.
Following a tour of local startup ecosystems across 20 African countries, Seedstars World selected 20 of the most promising startups to pitch at the regional summit in Maputo.
The 20 startups were selected during Seedstars World’s year-long tour of African startup ecosystems
“During 2017 we got to witness growing ecosystems, better startups and more involvement from public and private partners,” Seedstars World regional manager for Africa Claudia Makadristo said in a statement.
“We are very excited to be able to bring the entire network together in Mozambique in December and together look into some of the opportunities of the continent and explore how technologies can rapidly improve the current status quo in emerging markets worldwide,” she added.
Over 500 attendees are expected to attend the three-day summit. Planned events include a bootcamp for participating startups, an ecosystem tour and an investor day.
The highlight of the summit will be a conference that will take place on 14 December where the 20 selected startups will pitch. In addition, panel discussions tackling topics affecting entrepreneurs in the region will also take place during the conference.
Here are the 20 startups:
AgroCenta (Ghana): An online sales platform that connects smallholder farmers directly to an online market.
M-Shule (Kenya): This edtech platform uses artificial intelligence and SMS to deliver personalised, accessible education to primary school students across Africa.
Esene (Mali): An agritech system that collects soil moisture to provide water and fertilizer for crops.
Tabech Servicos (Mozambique): Insurtech platform that works on mobile phones without access to internet connections.
Medsaf (Nigeria): Medtech platform that connects pharmacies and hospitals with safe, cost effective medications.
PikiWash (Rwanda): An eco-friendly motorcycle maintenance solution.
MaTontine (Senegal): Fintech platform that provides access to financial services and insurance services by digitising traditional savings circles.
EMGuidance (South Africa): A medtech platform that aggregates medical content from regional experts into one app.
Nefrids Africa (Tanzania): Nefrids Africa’s SimuBima insurtech platform is designed to work on mobile phones, being the first of its kind in Tanzania.
Numida (Uganda): This free financial management app helps small businesses track their financial records and allows them to instantly access convenient loans.
MyRunner (Zimbabwe): An online bus ticket-booking platform.
Gifted Mom (Cameroon): This startup develops last-mile mobile health solutions to increase maternal engagement. Gifted Mom aims to democratise health information access in emerging markets through an artificial intelligence-based remote medical platform.
Tupuca (Angola): An online food delivery app.
Yapili (Botswana): A peer-to-peer platform that connects users to doctors for medical advice.
Cinetpay (Ivory Coast): Mobile money payment gateway that enables e-merchants and merchants to accept mobile money and card payments both online and offline.
Langbot (Ethiopia): A gamified artificial intelligence-powered language teaching chatbot.
Eteyelo (Democratic Republic of Congo): Intelligent school management platform
Ufumbuzi (Democratic Republic of Congo): A cloud storage platform that users can access without an internet connection.
Youdee (Democratic Republic of Congo): Real estate marketplace
BendaPhoto (Democratic Republic of Congo): This mobile app allows users to print photos remotely. Once printed, BendaPhoto delivers the photos to the user’s home, office or to a nearby partner shop.
Featured image: Seedstars World Summit (Supplied)