Demo Africa 2014: Kenya and Nigeria dominate final 40 list, but it won’t be another Twitter war

Demo Africa conference

This year, from the 25th to 26th September, DEMO Africa will again launch 40 of the most innovative start-ups in Africa and highlight some of the best new technology innovations from across the continent.

The 40 finalists have gone through three rigorous screening processes with the final vetting and adjudication done by a pan-African panel of judges comprised of entrepreneurs, VCs and Academia. The Judges included Dele Akinsade, Bob Mbori, Victor Okigbo, Lukonga Lidunda, Martin Butler, Rebecca Enonchong, Stephen Gugu, Ali Hussein, Muchiri Nyaga, Toby Shapshak, Moses Sitati and Richard Tanksley.

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More than 400 serious applications were processed in lead to this event. These were then short listed to 242 ventures before a selection of the final 40 was made. The ventures are addressing opportunities in Agriculture, Health, Education, Manufacturing, Retail, Media & Entertainment, Communication, Transport and Logistics, Energy, Finance & Banking, Water & Sanitation, and Waste Management & Recycling. On September 25 & 26, these 40 entrepreneurs will present their plans to a global audience of investors, media, strategic buyers, C-level executives, and other entrepreneurs.

Nigeria takes the largest chunk of the final 40, followed by Kenya, Ghana and Egypt. Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa and Ethiopia will each have two representatives, while Tunisia, Benin, Cameroon, Uganda and Zimbabwe have earned their space at the DEMO Africa platform.

Here is an overview of the selected ventures.




.CONNECT FINANCE allows companies to manage their finances, create invoices, quotations, sales orders, payments etc. Tope Olutola Nigeria




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ASiM is an integrated tool with Quickbooks and SAP Business One to produce rich, real-time business intelligence. Mark Migue Mwaura Kenya



Chura allows interoperability betwen different mobile networks in a multi-SIM environment. Stephanie Gaku Kenya



Cribpark is a catalogue of home
designs, a web shop, and projects management tool.
Oladapo Ayodeji Nigeria




Cube enables anyone (whether individual or business entity) to accept card payments in person with their phone. Titi Obala Nigeria



Feedbackplus lets customers give feedback to different organizations online or through a mobile app. Omoniyi Falodun Nigeria




Foodstantly an online marketplace
which provides customers with fresh
and cooked food + home delivery
Uchay Ariolu Nigeria




Hutbay is a platform that helps real
estate consumers find and share vital information about real estate, mortgages, and agents.
Olatunji Owolabi Nigeria




InstaCare enables real-time verification
& authentication of beneficiary’s health insurance.
Michael Ike Nigeria



Integrated Medics a web based
application package to computerize any large scale hospital.
Oladapo Gbenle Nigeria




IroFit the only mobile card
payment system that allows merchants
to accept card payments without an internet connection.
Omoniyi A. Olawale Nigeria



Jifunza provides everyone equal
access to the learning, loving and
LOLing that digital content offers.
Derek Blair Rwanda



Kitiwa helps ordinary Africans send and receive money using the bitcoin technology. Nikunj Handa Ghana Nigeria




LocName is an application that
gives a short, unique name for your address, which you can share easily in just 2 seconds.
Zeinab Alashry Egypt




Matibabu is a phone application for
early, non-invasive malaria diagnosis with a custom piece of hardware (Matiscope).
Gitta Brian Uganda



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Mergims is an online platform that will enable African immigrants to pay
tuition fees, airtime and utility bills
for their loves ones back home.
Muhire Louis-Antoine Rwanda



MobileJobs (mjobs) powered by SOMTEC is a web and mobile job
alert and recruitment services.
Solomon Bleay Ethiopia



MuZik is a virtual assistant for feature phones. Patrick Mveng Cameroon

19. is an online teaching
and learning platform.
Cecil Nukator Ghana



Nerve delivers cost-effective,
higher quality and mobile convergent
smart devices and services.
Silas Okwocha Nigeria




Nikweli is a mobile-to-web job matching platform that connects employers
and job seekers for lower skill,
“blue collar” type positions.
Tiffany Tong Tanzania




Online Hisab is a cloud based accounting package for Ethiopian SMEs who are looking for an affordable and easy to use solution. Asmeret Gebre Ethiopia



Oradian is a cloud based core banking system for microfinance.  Antonio Separovic Nigeria



Paysail is a simple way for busniesses and accountants to better manage payroll. Osborn Kwarteng Ghana




PieRide is a ridesharing technology platform offering monthly
subscription transportation service
for daily commuters.
Karim El Mansi Egypt



Pliby online platform for the African
music lovers.
Prudence Ogatcha Benin



Prepclass is an education technology company focused on local content for digital devices. Ogunlana Olomide Nigeria




Saisai is a wireless mesh network distributing free access to wireless hotspots in public areas and public transportation. Christopher Alexander Manzero Zimbabwe




Shamba Technologies renewable technology company that designs domestic power products for families in Africa without power. Oliver Kynaston Tanzania UK




SmartPesa allows merchants to accept credit card payments using a mobile phone. Comprising a low cost card reader, app and server-side processing. Barry Levett South Africa




SokoNect an agribusiness solution designed to shorten the distribution channels of agricultural produce while facilitating fast trade between farmers and their prospective buyers. Mbuvi Nyamai Kenya



SpacePointe is an e-commerce marketplace which focuses on the African retailer. Sayu Abend Nigeria



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SpellAfrica Initiative is a set of proprietary apps for all smartphone operating systems. It is a softphone running on your current smartphone. Elvis Austins Nigeria




Telecosys delivers innovative software solutions for Tech-based service providers including Telecom operators, Internet Service Providers, Cloud-based service providers, and pay TV. Mohamed Esmat Egypt




The Pearl Dream Inc is a digital collection of African stories for kids and eCommerce retail site for animation inspired items. Brian Asingia Kenya




TrafficBytes is a solution which allows mobile operators and telecom vendors to leverage existing big data and provide realtime accurate roads traffic information. Mohamed Hussein Egypt




Valuraha Trader is a platform that simulates the African Financial Markets, enabling one to interact with various investment instruments under actual market conditions using virtual money. Betty Mutimba Kenya




VIGO is a fully responsive website building tool allowing African entrepreneurs and business owners to create their own websites from any device, including a feature phone. Carl Wallace South Africa



VOTO Mobile is a mobile phone notification and survey platform. Kevin Schuster Ghana


What’sIn™ mobile application platform service allows consumers with chemical allergies to instantly find the correct information when they scan a product UPC. Wassim Zoghlami Tunisia


Kenya is known for involving its neighbours in cyberspace warfare especially  on Twitter. The most pronounced one was when the Twitterati  from Kenya and Nigeria hurled a barrage of 14o  character-insults  at eachother

H/T: Demo-Africa

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