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GIST Tech-I competition has selected six, who will join 18 other finalists from across the globe to compete in the finals. The selected GIST Tech-I competition finalists from Africa are Olugbenga Ogunbowale & Oghenetejiri Emuveyan-Nigeria, Isaac Sesi-Ghana, Donatus Njoroge- Kenya, Alinafe Kaliwo-Malawi, Anatoli Kirigwajjo-Uganda

They were selected after an intense voting round that mobilized more than 120,000 votes around the world. The 24 finalists represent 18 countries from around the world and have created startups or ideas in many different sectors.

The 24 finalists were selected based on their review by scientific and technical experts, and their performance during the GIST Tech-I competition public vote.

The Tech-I Finalists will now undergo online training prior to flying to Bahrain to participate in the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Congress. At GEC 2019, the finalists will receive two days of intensive entrepreneurial skills training, mentorship, and the opportunity to network with global leaders in their fields.

The GIST Tech-I Finals will culminate in a live pitch before a panel of expert judges, to decide who will return home with capital seed prizes to help grow their business and change the world. Keep scrolling to meet the 2019 Tech-I African finalists!

Olugbenga Ogunbowale, Nigeria                                                                                                                                

Startup/Idea: Comcastle Plus

Category: Idea

Sector:  Information Technology and Communication

Elevator Pitch: From Bad roads to the poor power supply, Polivoice helps you voice out your frustrations in your location directly to your elected leaders. Instead of waiting for 4years to cast a ballot, use your phone to share what needs fixing in real time, every time. Lend your voice at

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Oghenetejiri Emuveyan, Nigeria                                                                                                                                  

Startup/Idea: Legulp Enterprise

Category: Startup

Sector:  Sanitation / Water

Elevator Pitch: Legulp Water bank is the first of its kind in Nigeria, a solar-powered eco-friendly water dispensing machine that dispenses clean water, recycles wastewater and artificially replenishes groundwater to prevent depletion of groundwater resources and reduce the effect of global warming to an unprecedented level.

Isaac Sesi, Ghana                                                                                                                                     

Startup/Idea: Sesi Technologies Ltd

Category: Idea

Sector: Agriculture

Elevator Pitch: FarmSense is a low-cost soil monitoring solution which helps smallholder farmers increase yield and productivity by providing them with essential insights to help them make data-driven decisions about their farms.

Donatus Njoroge, Kenya                                                                                                                                   

Startup/Idea: Vinis Kenya Limited

Category: Startup

Sector: Agriculture

Elevator Pitch: Vinis ltd is a social venture that manufacturer and distribute novel bio, biopesticide formulation isolated from plants essential oils to curb post-harvest losses of maize and other grains. This creates jobs, lift people out of poverty, improve health, nutrition, and deliver investors double-digits returns. GIST Tech-I competition

Alinafe Kaliwo, Malawi                                                                                                                               

 Startup/Idea: Mechro Limited

Category: Startup

Sector: Information Technology and Communication

Elevator Pitch: TempCras is an innovation that enables managers and asset owners to monitor their fixed and mobile refrigeration systems to avoid high temperatures that can damage their products. TempCras is cheap, easy to use on any part of Africa, reliable and readily available for both in-house and mobile asset monitoring.

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Anatoli Kirigwajjo, Uganda              


Category: Idea

Sector: Information Technology and Communication

Elevator Pitch: Meet Yunga, a local rescue digital network for neighbours that allows them to communicate with each other in real time in case of an attack or emergencies. It intends to bridge the communication gap among neighbours and security agencies in order to reduce crime in our communities.

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