Organisers behind the annual Africa-focused ICT and telecommunications event AfricaCom 2019 have confirmed a shortlist of those who will have the opportunity to get their start-up to take-off in AfricaCom's AHUB Pitch & Win 2019 in partnership with GSMA.
Entrants submitted video pitches on their business in order to be awarded a consultation with GSMA's start-up experts, one-to-one introductions to investors, enterprises and peers and a pitching slot on the AHUB start-up stage.
Additionally, the winners will also be given two all-access passes to AfricaCom 2019, as well as AfricaCom's official networking party, AFest.
The five innovators competing for top honours include:
Greenfingers Mobile (GFM) – a SaaS company that enables transparency in the vale chain and digital IDs for small farmers.
MiMi Money – a per-to-peer mobile/blockchain technology company that reduces Africa's high cost of remittances;
One Kiosk – is reshaping retail across Africa by matching customers and merchants together in geographical locations that make it easier to deliver the goods;
Rainmaker – changing the way destinations do business in the tourism industry and allowing more money to flow to the destination instead of losing, sometimes up to 60% of revenue, to channel partners.
WIPO – Wireless Power (WiPo) cuts the power cord enabling autonomous operation for ultra-high-powered industrial equipment. The winner will be the one that receives the most public votes and voting will close on 18 October 2019 at 12 noon, South Africa time.
Organisers say only one vote per valid email address is permitted.
AfricaCom 2019 is scheduled to take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 12 – 14 November, and will this year feature a new zoned exhibition area - the AfricaTech Centre Stage - dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, FinTech, cloud, data and security, and cutting-edge content.