1776 Challenge Cup: 9 African Startups Compete to Make the Top 20 Global Finalist

Nine (9) startups across Africa out of seventy-five (75) globally are in competition to make it into the last 20 of this year’s 1776 Challenge Cup Global Finals to be held at The Anthem, Washington, DC. Which of these nine will make the final list of 20 to compete for the grand prize of $100,000 sponsored by Revolution?

Which of these startups make the final list? You have chance to make that decisions. Simply go to ChallengeCupVote.com to watch each company’s 2-minute pitch and vote for your favorite now through to Saturday 20th, January, 2018! Again, 1776 promises that the winner of the Fan Favorite Vote will automatically win a spot in the top 20.

Now, the these are the competing startup companies from Africa and a bit of what they are doing:

1. Asase Africa – GHANA – Asase Africa is innovating waste and recycling management through the use of real time technologies and data analytics.

2. CommuScore – SOUTH AFRICA – They digitise trust in the informal market and provide an alternative credit scoring models for the unbanked to enable fair access to finance.

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3. Enda – KENYA – With a mission of bringing Kenyan athletic excellence to runners in Kenya. Enda developed the world’s greatest running shoes incorporating the country’s running history, culture and skills, while at the same time creating jobs and sells them directly to consumers around the world.

4. LangBot – ETHIOPIA – A gamified and AI supported language teaching chatbot. When you send messages to the bot and it translates words or entire phrases. The translations are saved as flashcards which you can use for learning.

5. Mazima Retirement Plan – UGANDA – A licensed and regulated voluntary Retirement Benefits Scheme (pension fund) helping Ugandans in the informal sector save for retirement.

6. Mosso Pietas – ZIMBABWE – An engineering company focusing on bus tracking and Internet of things gateway solutions.

7. ProvenMed International – TUNISIA – This startup is an innovative medical device company focused on the field of urine incontinence.

8. Riby-FLT (Finance Life Technologies Limited) – NIGERIA – They automate cooperatives (credit unions) across Africa’s Emerging Markets and help them manage their members, saving, lending and investment activities and then connect them to the bigger commercial and development financial institutions.

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9. Solar Foods – SUDAN – An ecofriendly company in the food processing field that uses high efficiency solar dryers for large scale food production.

The Challenge Cup Global Finals & Closing Party is on the 22nd of March, 2018. Among the sponsors for the 2018 Challenge Cup are 1776, Uber, GEN, Revolution, 3Pillar, UNION, etc.

The 1776 Challenge Cup is described as “a movement of startups bringing world-changing ideas to life and solving meaningful problems on a global stage.  Challenge Cup Global Finals convenes investors, policymakers, and innovators from across the globe to examine and discuss pressing global challenges.”

Four (4) years ago the 1776 Challenge Cup started with the aim to discover the most promising, highly scalable startups poised to solve complex challenges across borders, regulated industries and emerging technologies.

Previous winners of this startup pitch competition are MUrgency from Dubai (2016), Twiga from Kenya (2015) and HandUp from USA (2014). Which of these 9 will follow in the footsteps of Twiga.


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