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m:lab By John Kieti / May 5, 2011

25 First Round Winners of Pivot25 Competition Announced

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25 companies in five categories have been selected to compete in the pivot25 competition scheduled for June 14th – 15th 2011. The selection was very competitive with many high potential and high quality entries. The selection committee expressed that they had a very difficult task coming up with a final list for this reason.

Below are the 25 companies and their applications

Application in Mobile Payments and Commerce

  1. Kopo Kopo Inc.
  2. Jamobi
  3. Zege Technologies (mPayer)
  4. Nyaruka (Bizito) – from Rwanda
  5. M-Shop

Applications in Entertainment, Gaming and Utilities

  1. Websimba Ltd (Eat Out Mobile)
  2. Sakanya
  3. Space Kenya Networks Ltd (Whive)
  4. Tuvitu
  5. MySocialMobile

Applications in Business and Entreprise

  1. Pluspeople Kenya Ltd. (Uhasibu)
  2. Bongo Live – from Tanzania
  3. NikoHapa
  4. Kenya Methodist University (EasyParking)
  5. WapiDiscount

Applications in Government, Agriculture and Education

  1. mfarm Limited (m-farm)
  2. Mobile Crop Disease Surveillance System – from Uganda
  3. Campus 101
  4. SchoolSMS Premium
  5. HeHe Limited (Gahunda) – from Rwanda

Applications in Health

  1. BTI Millman Limited
  2. M-Chanjo
  3. Sharper Innovations (Pregnancy App.)
  4. Shimba Technologies Ltd (MEDKenya)
  5. Techne Craft Solutions Limited (M-ARV)

The 25 companies above are the first round winners of the mobile application developer competition which started in February 2011. Over 100 competition entries were considered with the most popular categories being Mobile Payments and Commerce (27%), Entertainment, Gaming and Utilities (27%) and Business and Entreprise (26%). The category of Government, Agriculture and Education attracted 21% of competitors while the Health category attracted  15% of the competitors. More information about the 25 finalists and their applications will be available on the competition and conference website.

The competition is designed to showcase talent in technical skills and entrepreneurship among mobile software developers in East Africa at the conference. The conference will also increase the competitor’s opportunities to access capital to scale up their products as well as markets. A panel of experts including global and regional thought leaders will be judges for the competition at the conference to determine the best competitors in the five categories. Winners will get prize money as well among other benefits.

The competition and conference are an initiative of m:lab East Africa and *iHub_ Nairobi.

Author : John Kieti

John Kieti is the Lead at m:lab East Africa. He is an exponent for mobile entrepreneurship and an experienced m4d professional. John is passionate about the growth of East Africa's knowledge economy. He holds an MBA and BSc in Computer Science. He also occasionally shares his thoughts about East Africa's knowledge economy on his blog - gmeltdown.com


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  • Erik Hersman at 12:42:22PM Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Congrats to the finalists! There were a lot of hard decisions to make on who would make the final cut, and I’m excited to see now what these 25 will do to show that they deserve the spotlight.

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  • Davis Onsakia at 18:02:37PM Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Congratulations are in order for the guys who emerged top.

    Keep up the fire burning.

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  • Kagai Macharia at 15:44:10PM Monday, May 9, 2011

    Congratulations to the finalists. I hope the apps will be a disrupt in the market both locally and globally.

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  • An event to look forward to in June: Pivot 25 at 09:10:51AM Thursday, May 19, 2011

    [...] According to iHub, “Over 100 competition entries were considered with the most popular categories being Mobile Payments and Commerce (27%), Entertainment, Gaming and Utilities (27%) and Business and Entreprise (26%). The category of Government, Agriculture and Education attracted 21% of competitors while the Health category attracted  15% of the competitors.” [...]

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  • Zege Technologies in Pivot25 Competition « Zege Technologies at 15:33:44PM Friday, May 27, 2011

    [...] According to iHub, “Over 100 competition entries were considered with the most popular categories being Mobile Payments and Commerce (27%), Entertainment, Gaming and Utilities (27%) and Business and Entreprise (26%). The category of Government, Agriculture and Education attracted 21% of competitors while the Health category attracted  15% of the competitors.” [...]

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    […] winner in each of the five categories getting a cash prize of US$5,000. Here are the short-listed finalists in the categories of (i) Entertainment, Gaming & Utilities (ii) Business and Enterprise (iii) […]

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