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The five startups were selected and announced last week Friday (19 October) at the last day of DEMO Africa 2019 in Casablanca, Morocco.
They are, medicine delivery service Chefaa from Egypt, logistics management platform Kourtim from Morocco, UK-based B2B currency exchange marketplace VertoFX, mobility startup Hawkar from Tunisia and agrtitech Complete Farmer from Ghana.
DEMO Africa has selected Cheefa, Kourtim, VertoFX, Hawkar and Complete Farmer to travel to Silicon Valley next year as part of the Lions Africa Innovation Tour
In addition, all 30 startups that DEMO Africa selected to pitch at its Casablanca two-day conference have been fast tracked to the technical review stage of the Innovation Impact Grant Programme organised by Expo 2020 Dubai.
#DemoAfricaMaroc #Day2 And the top 5 are Chefaa, Complete Farmer, VirtualFX, Kourtim and Hawkar. Well done. See you in Silicon Valley. @Innovate_Africa @TomiDee @lionsafrica @EIN_News @mbuguanjihia @CIOEastAfrica @Accenture @4Afrika
— DEMO Africa (@DEMOAfrica) October 19, 2018
Tunisia’s Toufoula Kids and Hawkar along with agritech startup WeflyAgri from Ivory Coast won awards from the French Development Agency (AFD) and will attend this year’s edition of the Emerging Valley and Social Inclusive Business Camp under a full scholarship from the AFD.
In a statement yesterday (25 October) DEMO Africa founder and executive director Harry Hare said the finalists would get “the chance of a lifetime” when they showcase their innovations at the startup conference next year.
“They also get global exposure by networking with corporate acquirers, trade and mainstream media, venture capitalists, angel investors and other entrepreneurs attending the conference,” he added.
Featured image: DEMO Africa 2018 alumni (Supplied)