MarketForce360 at Africa Tech Summit
Last week, MarketForce360 had the privilege to be amongst the eleven companies from across the continent selected to pitch on stage to investors, corporates, media and other stakeholders at the second edition of the Africa Startup Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.
The second edition of the Africa Startup Summit, powered by Disrupt Africa, took place at Africa Tech Summit Kigali on February 5-6, which also featured the Money and Blockchain Summit and the Future Summit, bringing together more than 600 stakeholders in the tech startup space across the continent to explore the opportunities and challenges within the ecosystem, while showcasing Africa’s abundant entrepreneurial talent.
The focus was on encouraging collaboration, and creating connections between investors, corporates, stakeholders, and startups. As part of this mission, applications were opened late last year to Pitch Live at the Africa Startup Summit, with chosen startups earning the chance to pitch before an audience of over 600 investors, corporate partners, accelerators and media.
“More than 100 applications were received from startups across the continent for the opportunity to take part. These have now been narrowed down to the chosen 11, hailing from six African countries and active in sectors such as ed-tech, fintech, prop-tech, agri-tech, recruitment and waste management. While we expected a good number of quality applications, we were blown away by the array of exciting and impactful startups competing to come to Africa Startup Summit this year. Thank you to all applicants for taking the time to reach out. We feel we have selected some of Africa’s very finest to present on stage in Kigali,” said Gabriella Mulligan, co-founder of Disrupt Africa.
Here is the list of the other 10 companies selected to Pitch Live at Africa Startup Summit:
- BAG Innovation (Rwanda): a digital platform that combines AI and gamification to simulate virtual internships and bridge the gap between the Academic and Business sectors;
- OkwuEco (Nigeria): a marketplace that helps users to buy, sell, trade or recycle their solid waste from anywhere, without payment, language or location barriers;
- M-Lugha App (Kenya): translates the Kenyan school syllabus into indigenous languages for rural, nomadic and pastoral communities, improving quality of education;
- HouseAfrica (Nigeria): uses blockchain technology to digitise land ownership verification for banks and mortgage companies, increasing access to loans for home buyers;
- The Awareness Company (South Africa): uses data-driven storytelling to help organisations make sense of multiple sources of information from people, sensors and systems to get a clear picture and make quick and effective decisions;
- Limestart (Nigeria): boosts financial inclusion for unbanked small businesses in Africa’s informal sector by helping them digitise transaction records and collect flexible digital payments;
- M-omulimisa (Uganda): a virtual online consultation platform for smallholder farmers, also offering agro insurance services;
- Talents Arena (Egypt): an online recruitment platform that helps growing companies find the ideal tech talent matching their needs;
- ThankUCash (Nigeria): provides infrastructure for rewards and loyalty for banks and businesses across Africa;
- Riby (Nigeria): helps communities, cooperatives and trade groups digitise their operations and get access to financial services through its digital platforms and offline channels.