Ten companies from across the continent have been selected to pitch on stage to investors, corporates, media and other stakeholders at the inaugural Africa Startup Summit in Kigali, scheduled for Rwanda on 14 and 15 February 2019.
The fledgling businesses originate from seven African countries and according to organisers are active in sectors including FinTech, e-health, agri-tech and mobility.
- 7keema (Egypt): an on-demand home nursing services platform using mobile, AI, VR and telehealth technologies to ensure peace of mind for patients and higher incomes for nurses;
- Appy Saude (Angola): the largest digital health portal of Angola, allowing users to identify and book healthcare service providers;
- Complete Farmer (Ghana): a crowd-farming platform that enables users to own agricultural land and manage it remotely from their devices;
- DéMars (Mauritius): a next generation mobile phone payments network for small micro payments built using the latest blockchain technology;
- Exuus (Rwanda): leverages the power of collective saving and adequate credit scoring model to achieve financial inclusion;
- Jetstream Africa (Ghana): a data-driven supply chain platform that enables food companies to buy agricultural products directly from African smallholder farmers and processors;
- Leaf (Rwanda): provides financial services to the stateless and excluded by creating a virtual bank with blockchain technology;
- Moja Ride (Ivory Coast): a Mobility-as-a-Service platform integrating local payment solutions and modes of transportation to help users find, book and pay for transport in their city;
- OZÉ (Ghana): a mobile platform that empowers small business owners to make data-driven decisions to improve their performance and access capital;
- RideSafe (Kenya): an emergency response service that utilises a micro-insurance financing model running on a decentralised blockchain application.
Organisers have also confirmed that the selected start-ups will also have the opportunity to attend the rest of the event, which features three Summits, and take part in workshops, discussions and networking sessions taking place over the three days.
Gabriella Mulligan, co-founder of Disrupt Africa, said, "We were delighted by both the quality and quantity of applications to Pitch Live at the Africa Startup Summit, and picking the final ten was not an easy job. However, we are confident the businesses we have selected to take part are a strong representation of the high levels of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit within the African tech space, and look forward to showcasing them to potential partners and investors at the event."
The Summit is expected to attract tech leaders, MNOs, banks, international investors, entrepreneurs, governments and trade organisations.