SA crowdfunding platform Uprise.Africa wins award at Govtech conference

SA equity crowdfunding platform Uprise.Africa has been named the top ICT startup at the 2019 State Information Agency (Sita) Digital Public Service Awards.

The awards, which form part of the government’s 13th Govtech conference, were held on Sunday (27 October) evening at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban.

The award category recognises up-and-coming startups in the information communications and technology (ICT) sector which have demonstrated growth in turnover and have created a successful business model that is able to create jobs.

Uprise.Africa — which currently has three campaigns on offer to investors on its platform — beat finalists business marketplace Sokoni Business Market  and edtech social enterprise Priyo Tech to come out tops in the ICT Startup category.

Uprise.Africa beat finalists Sokoni Business Market and Priyo Tech to come out tops in the ICT Startup category

In May SA regtech startup Intergreatme set what is likely an African crowdfunding record, by raising over R32-million, in just a matter of days after the official launch of the campaign on the platform (see this story).

Uprise.Africa CEO Tabassum Qadir (pictured above) said in a statement yesterday that through the awards, Sita has acknowledged the positive role that South Africa businesses and individuals are playing in driving the adoption and use if state-of-the-art technologies.

The winners of the various other categories were:

  • The Department of Health, KwaZulu-Natal, in the Digital Government category.
  • Eduworks, in the Digital Education category
  • Technovera, in the Digital Social Transformation category
  • Boxfusion, in the ICT Large Company category
  • Reddy Bambi from the Durban University of Technology, in the Digital Innovator category
  • Flavalite Innovation Global, in the Digital Leadership
  • Flavalite Innovation Global, Digital Woman category

Sita also held a hackathon around the National Development Plan (NDP) challenges.

The winner of the National Government category was Rudzambilu Holdings, this while Krazy Thoughtz came out tops in the Provincial Government category and Municipality Alert System (from the University of Johannesburg) won the Local Government category.

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Featured image: Uprise.Africa CEO Tabassum Qadir (Facebook)



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