African Startup Summit

The Africa Startup Summit is holding in Kigali, Rwanda in February (4-6) and 11 innovative African Startups have been selected to pitch at the event.

The Africa Startup Summit which is in its second edition will play hosts to over 600 tech enthusiasts and stakeholders from across Africa to discuss the opportunities and challenges within the ecosystem, while showcasing Africa’s abundant entrepreneurial talent.

As part of Africa Startup Summit, 11 African Startups from six African countries and in sectors including edtech, fintech, proptech, agritech, recruitment and waste management; have been selected to Pitch Live before an audience of VCs, investors, corporate bodies, hubs, media and accelerators.

More than 100 applications were received from startups from across the continent for the opportunity to take part the pitch competition.

Here are the African startups selected to Pitch Live at Africa Startup Summit:

1.) BAG Innovation (Rwanda)

Bag Innovation is a digital platform that combines AI and gamification to simulate virtual internships and bridge the gap between the Academic and Business sectors.

2.) OkwuEco (Nigeria)

A marketplace that helps users to buy, sell, trade or recycle their solid waste from anywhere, without payment, language or location barriers.

3.) HouseAfrica (Nigeria)

This startup uses blockchain technology to digitise land ownership verification for banks and mortgage companies, increasing access to loans for home buyers.

4.) Limestart (Nigeria)

Limestart boosts financial inclusion for unbanked small businesses in Africa’s informal sector by helping them digitise transaction records and collect flexible digital payments.

5.) ThankUCash (Nigeria)

ThankUash provides infrastructure for rewards and loyalty for banks and businesses across Africa.

6.) Riby (Nigeria)

Riby helps communities, cooperatives and trade groups digitise their operations and get access to financial services through its digital platforms and offline channels.

7.) M-Lugha App (Kenya)

This app translates the Kenyan school syllabus into indigenous languages for rural, nomadic and pastoral communities, improving quality of education.

8.) MarketForce (Kenya)

MarketForce connects Africa’s informal retail shops directly to suppliers of consumer goods and financial services;.

9.) The Awareness Company (South Africa)

This South African Company 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.

10.) M-omulimisa (Uganda)

This startup is a virtual online consultation platform for smallholder farmers, also offering agro insurance services.

11.) Talents Arena (Egypt)

Talent Arena is an online recruitment platform that helps growing companies find the ideal tech talent matching their needs.

These 11 (Nigeria-5, Kenya-2, Rwanda-1, South Africa-1, Uganda-1 and Egypt-1) startups will also be given the chance to attend the Africa Startup Summit.

Last year, no Nigerian startup was selected for the Africa Startup Summit. However, for the second edition, five startups from the biggest economy in Africa would be attending the Summit.

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