The TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa took place on October 11 in Nairobi, Kenya. 15 presentations later, startup founders had told the world about how they founded their companies.
The TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa that took place on October 11 in Nairobi, Kenya had 15 presentations. Each had an Africa business proposal from a tech vantage point. The overall winner was Kenya’s Lori Systems, a long distance logistics support startup. SyncCommerce, a multichannel inventory and order management merchant platform from Ghana won in its category. AgroCenta, a Ghanaian agricultural value chain tech platform scooped first position in the Social Good category. Here is the behind-the-scenes of what some of the participants said during the official ceremony.
“Most small businesses are excluded from e-Commerce. This does not work for new SMEs. For a company that’s upcoming without the skills of a credit card for adverts, making it in the market is almost impossible. Reaching OLX, eBay e.t.c is very difficult.
“Sellio empowers small businesses to get online. We integrate on Facebook pages for all customers’ eCommerce needs. This solution promotes products on the social media and interacts with customers and take their orders on behalf of clients.”
About Sellio: Tobias Schiedermair-CEO, Timothy Asiimwe-CTO
Uganda’s Sellio empowers small African firms to grow online thanks to marketing automation and customer service Artificial Intelligence (AI). This enables clients without eCommerce knowledge to run professional ads and generate sales on auto-pilot.
Lori (Overall Winner of the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa)
“Buying a product in Kenya costs more because of distance. Transporting cement or fertilizer from Nakuru to Eldoret means a lot of lack of flexibility as trucks have no continuous working model. This means 93 percent of idleness for trucks between transporting an order and awaiting for the next one.
“Lori offers flexible and centralized coordination through logistical support.”
“I bought my first shares at the NSE when I was still studying. Over the next 5 years of investing I scoured newspapers on how to invest. My US co-partner had to provide insights from the states. Even today, it is still a complicated affair in Kenya to invest in stocks as there is no educational material available. If you are outside the country and want to invest here it is almost impossible.
“Enter Abicus. The app allows international buyers of stocks in Kenya to take place in the trade seamlessly.”
About Abacus: Joel Maharia-CEO, Kevin Omwega-Director.
Kenya’s Abacus is building Africa’s first roboadvisory investment service through access to Kenyan stocks, fixed income and unit trusts.
“I had a mobile wallet idea but I didn’t have the money. My father needed treatment and the hospital bill was rising. I had to take my father to hospital with a bill of 600000CFA and I didn’t have the money to pay for dad.
” Enter WeCashUp. With it anybody around Africa can accept all existing Mobile Money Wallet on their web and mobile apps via a single REST API integration.”
About WeCashup 2.0.: Cedric Atangana-CEO, Kenneth Kinyanjui-CFO.
Cameroon’s WeCashUp is a Universal Payment Platform that enables digital companies around the globe to accept all the existing Mobile Money wallets in Africa on their web and mobile apps via a single REST API integration.
“Collecting data online and offline is a challenge. That is why we formed Form+. I began the idea back in college. It is a mobile friendly app that just requires a user to go to our website and create a form or mobile conversational app.
“With FormPlus, we create orders in one central database. The app connects data from senders and recipients through their mobile conversational apps or Google forms through SMS, SSD technology, Internet and multiple entry points. Currently, there are 1000 users who are paying 10, 20 and 45 dollars per month. 50000 are using the app for free.”
About Form+: Longe Olubusayo-PM, Bolutife Ogunsola-Technology Lead.
Nigeria’s Form+ is a cloud-based data collection tool optimized to help SMBs receive data easily into their secure storage, wherever that might be. Starting with a form builder that allows businesses have multiple entry points as well as multiple end points. It helps businesses be more informed.
” Growing up in Zimbabwe means I was not connected. At 10 years old I got a computer game that led us into the career of gaming. International games lack an Africa connection.
“Enter Big5Games: these are easy to play games that connect to an African audience and have even farming games.”
About Big5Games: Kevin Meltzer-CEO, Craig Meltzer-CTO
South Africa’s Big5Games is gamification for Africa and we’re on a mission to get Africans playing more games. Our mobile platform creates communities of fans across simple, real-world games in sports, celebrity, stocks, exports and farming.
“Nollywood is worth over 3 million dollars. Africans prefer local shows than international content. It is true. But distribution is poor including being pricey.
“Not anymore. Enter Tango TV, starting with Swahili on demand, with a dashboard to adjust cost and video quality. It is a 3 dollar monthly subscription.”
About TangoTV: Victor Joseph Mnyawami-CEO, Lally Elias-CTO.
Tanzania’s TangoTV is a media streaming and Video on Demand service for African local content. Focusing on Swahili language and vernacular films and shows from East and Central Africa with an an audience amounting to 160 million, including those in the diaspora.
“Travel and discover new cities using many successful travel games like Gazkar. Society sees games as a waste of time. That is why we have created a tourism promotion game called Lomay to prevent wastage of time. Gazkar/Lomay is a freely downloadable mobile race that features all parts of Antananarivo.”
About Lomay: Rabehaja-CEO, Tsilavina Razafinirina-Dev
Madagascar’s Lomay developed a revolutionary racing game on mobile to serve as a tourist tool and as an advertising medium international named Gazkar thanks to a real reproduction of all the circuits in 3D.