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Start-ups selected to compete at Africa Tech Summit Connects

By , ITWeb
Africa , 13 Oct 2020

Twelve tech start-ups from across the continent have been selected for the latest edition of Pitch Live, which will take place during this month’s digital Africa Tech Summit Connects and offers entrepreneurs the chance to present their solution to an audience of 500 investors, corporates and other stakeholders.

Disrupt Africa and Africa Tech Summit (ATS) announced last month they had reprised their partnership to incorporate start-up-focused sessions and pitching opportunities within the virtual Africa Tech Summit Connects event, which will take place from October 20-22

As part of this, it opened applications for Pitch Live, which will take place over the course of the event, and gives African tech start-ups the chance to present their solution to the global audience and connect with interested parties virtually. T

he pitch event follows successful physical editions in Kigali, Rwanda in 2019 and earlier this year.

More than 50 applications received from across the continent, with 12 start-ups, which are looking to raise either pre-seed, seed, or Series A funding, selected to take part.

They include:

Agro Innova (Ghana): an online marketplace for smallholder farmers to access customers;

PayDunya(Senegal): a digital payments platform;

Snode (South Africa): a cloud-based cybersecurity platform;

Moja Ride (Ivory Coast): a Mobility-as-a-Service platform;

Seso Global (Nigeria): a one stop shop for real estate;

Medsaf (Nigeria): a pharmaceutical supply chain solution;

Wella Health (Nigeria): a health insurance solution;

Eneza Telecom (Kenya): ERP solutions for SMEs;

Kolute Systems (Senegal): a WhatsApp chatbot for e-commerce;

Vybe (Nigeria): an online dating platform;

Scrapays (Nigeria): uses technology to facilitate the recovery of recyclable waste;

Abiria (Kenya): provides a safe and easy way to pay public transport fares.

Over the course of the three days, the start-ups will pitch to a global audience, presenting their solutions before having the opportunity of engaging with interested parties through a variety of socially-distanced online mediums.

The selected start-ups will also have access to the rest of the event, which aims to drive interaction and showcase the latest developments, with sessions focusing on Fintech, logistics, e-commerce, investment, regulation and policy, blockchain, connectivity, ed-tech and agri-tech.

Organisers say the virtual business summit is not ‘another webinar’ and instead aims to maximise each delegate’s time with AI-powered smart matchmaking, live 1:1 video meetings, and the ability to find new customers, innovative products, investors, and opportunities via a virtual business marketplace.

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