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DEMO Africa 2016 Finalists Announced, 6 Nigeria Startups On List

Lukmon Oloyede.

Six Nigeria startups have made it to the final list of  30 startups that will take part in this year’s DEMO Africa conference to held in Johannesburg from the 25th to 26th August. The finalists were picked from a record 723 technology startups from 27 African countries that applied to launch at the event.

Out of the 30, South Africa is represented by 11 startups, Kenya 5 and Ghana 3. For the first time Morocco will have a representative in the continental faire. Other countries include Egypt, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda.

“The entries this year certainly kept up with the DEMO Africa spirit to produce innovative and creative ideas that are bound to transform the technology landscape and we are excited by the growth of innovation and technological advancement in Africa as portrayed by our finalists,” said Harry Hare, DEMO Africa Executive Producer while congratulating the finalists.

The 30 finalist startups have products in 11 verticals including logistics, retail, ecommerce, education, banking and finance, media, renewable energy, health and agriculture. Banking and financial technologies had the highest number of entries followed by media, ecommerce and education.

The adjudication process which began mid-June 2016, involved a series of activities with a continental jury. “The adjudication process involves a review of the documentation submitted by the startups, a review of their online properties, and testing some of the applications that are online, but the judges also look at the innovation, viability and the product – market fit,” said Mbugua Njihia, the Event Director.

“It was difficult to come up with this list,” said Harry Hare, Executive Director, DEMO Africa. “Any of the short-listed companies could make an impression on the DEMO Africa stage due to the quality and their potential. But we can only have 30 companies. I would like to congratulate all the companies that participated and encourage them to continue building their business,” Hare continued.

The DEMO Africa 2016 conference, which will take place from 25th – 26th August, and it is expected to attract venture capitalists, angel Investors, investment fund managers tech buyers, entrepreneurs, innovation supporters & media from various parts of the world.

DEMO Africa 2016 list of finalist startups

    Grid Supply Chain
    Loystar
    Iyris KO Ltd
    Cocktail Insights
    Boresha Limited
    Ujuzi Software Solutions
    MumsVillage Ltd
    Strauss Energy
    IT Brothers
    Nextwi
    Solstice HES
    WESABI
    ArtNigeria
    Shuttlers
    Rubiqube Limited
    SharpHire Global Limited
    Vuga Ltd
    ConnectMed
    Reel Gardening
    SolarCap Pty Ltd
    RadioVybe
    Sortd
    ION Comsys
    Ekasi Energy
    4th Element
    K Measure Pty Ltd
    Zivo Learning
    flexyPAYIntenational
    Telescrypts
    Lipa Mobile

This year’s event is supported by the LIONS@frica Partners, City of Johannesburg, the South African Department of Science and Technology. Other partners include Google, The World Bank, and African Technology Foundation.

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