Seedstars Summit 2018: Meet the Best 20 African Startups Competing for Up to $1M Equity Investment

The 2018 Seedstars Summit competition gathers the most highly promising startups across the globe to compete in Lausanne, Switzerland for equity investment of up to $1,000,000 and the Global Seedstars Winner Prize of $500,000 investment awarded by Seedstars from the 11th to 12th April.

For the grand finale, the Seedstars teams says it “roams the world to scout for the best startups in the emerging markets.”

These lucky startups will have the opportunity to do a five (5) minute pitch with an additional five (5) minute question and answer session.

The startup scene in Africa is growing and we are pleased to share with you those outstanding companies representing the continent in this global competition. Discover the startups as published by Seedstars:

1. Morocco – Hooplacar disrupts the advertising market by letting people wrap their cars with ads, while selling the space to advertisers with a state of the art technology to track the cars and collect major marketing KPIs. With 6500 drivers already registered, and several major campaigns launched, the Moroccan startup is taking the market by storm.

2. Ghana: AgroCenta is an online sales platform that connects smallholder farmers directly to an online market which has wider geographic size, to sell their commodities.

3. Mali: ESenè is an on-board system that collects soil moisture to provide water and fertilizer for crops.

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4. Kenya: SolarFreeze is pioneering mobile cold-storage units powered by renewable energy to help rural smallholder African farmers to face the huge challenge of post-harvest loss. Postharvest management is a systems-based challenge and requires an integrated innovation strategy that incorporates technological and financial innovations, capacity building across the value chain, enhanced market access and other elements to achieve impact at scale. Solar Freeze ingeniously tackled this via its innovative “Pay-as-You-Store” system, that allows smallholder farmers to access cold storage at prices they can afford.

5. Rwanda – PikiWash is an eco-friendly, time-saving solution for cleaning motorcycles.

6. Angola – Tupuca is the first online food delivery platform in Angola. Tupuca already served over 20,000 customers and delivered over 80,000 meals in the first year and created over 75 jobs.

7. DRC – Youdee is an easy and trustful way of finding your ideal real estate property. In many African cities, transactions in the real estate market are informal, and they lack trust. Youdee is a reliable online real estate platform that checks and rates dealers, and offers a tailored catalogue to customers. There are 1.3M households in Youdee’s target segments collectively spending an estimated $6.9B per year on rent. Youdee is here to transform real estate transactions into trustful and safe deals.

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8. Ethiopia –Langbot is a gamified and AI-powered language teaching chatbot.

9. Kenya – M-Shule improves learning for every primary student in Africa using artificial intelligence and SMS to deliver personalized, accessible education.

10. Uganda – Numida issues convenient and unsecured credit to Ugandan small businesses that use its free financial management app.

11. Cote d’Ivoire – Cinetpay  is a mobile money payment gateway that enables e-merchants and merchants to accept mobile money and card payments, online or offline.

12. Senegal:  MaTontine provides access to small loans and related financial services like micro-insurance by digitizing traditional savings circles.

13. Mozambique – TABECH Serviços will present a service named MovelCare, which uses mobile phones without access to the internet to access funeral insurance.

14. Nigeria – Medsaf uses technology to make the process of buying and selling medication easy and efficient for hospitals and pharmacies worldwide. Being the trusted medication platform for Africa, it connects pharmacies and hospitals with safe and cost-effective medications.

15. Cameroon –  Gifted Mom democratises health information access in emerging markets through an AI-based remote medical support platform.

16. Botswana: Yapili is a p2pr web platform and Android App offering new opportunities for many Africans to connect to local and western health professionals in an efficient and confidential way. In societies where professional health advice can be expensive or inaccessible due to overcrowded public health facilities, Yapili offers free of charge, anonymous and secure channels to seek medical care in case of pregnancy & family planning, diabetes & hypertension, HIV & sexual health, mental health and lifestyle diseases.

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17. Egypt – WideBOT is the first bot builder platform in the MENA. WideBOT allows anyone to build his/her own intelligent chatbot without any coding in only 10 minutes.

18. South Africa – EMGuidance solves a critical problem for medical professionals by aggregating medical content from regional experts in one app.

19. Zimbabwe – MyRunner enables anyone to purchase bus tickets online and track bus location at all times, making the experience safer and more pleasant.

20. Tanzania – Nefrids Africa has developed SimuBima, a mobile phone insurance solution.

These are the best 20 from Africa competing with 45 others from other emerging markets. They will have to go the extra mile to emerge winners of not only the grand prize but other prizes up for grabs namely: BBVA Open Talent Prize; Africa Energy Prize; Transforming Education Prize and Health Tech Prize. Read more about the 2018 Seedstars Summit  Global Competition.


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