iHub By Editor / September 27, 2012
Top 40 startups selected for DEMO Africa 2012
Fourteen Kenyan start-ups have been selected to launch at the first DEMO Africa conference, to be held in October 2012.
DEMO Africa is the launchpad for emerging technology and trends in Africa and is scheduled to take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 24-26 October 2012. DEMO Africa will be the latest addition to the DEMO family of conferences and is expected be an iconic event for the continent’s most innovative entrepreneurs.
From the VC4Africa Blog :
After more than four months of work, we are pleased to announce the 40 entrepreneurs selected to launch at the first ever DEMO Africa conference.
Here is an overview of the selected ventures. Click on the tiles to find out more.
At DEMO Africa, a hand-selected group of new products will make their public debut to global press, investors, corporate acquirers, strategic partners and buyers. Adobe, Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Motorola, Symantec, Yahoo! and many others have acquired promising DEMO companies that have become household names today. DEMO Africa is a premier platform for the best and brightest companies throughout the continent seeking to launch their products in front of a global audience.
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 Martin Butler, Senior Lecturer, University of Stellenbosch, Athony Stonefield, Head of Ecosystem, Nokia, Toby Sharpshak, Editor, Stuff South Africa, Paul Nguru, CEO, PN Consultancy, Stephen Gugu, Director, Viktoria Solutions, Erik Hersman, Founder, Ushahidi/iHub, Eric Osaikwan, CEO, Research Africa, Tomi Davis, CEO, Technovision and Brian Longwe, DEMO Africa.
A total of 500 applications were processed in lead to this event. These were then short listed to 150 ventures before a selection of the final 40 was made. The ventures cover five categories including Mobile Technology, Social Media, Consumer Products, Cloud Services and Enterprise Technologies. South Africa and Kenya take a big chunk of the final 40 with Ghana and Nigeria coming in a close second. Other countries represented included Cameroon, Senegal, Egypt, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
The team at DEMO Africa, and everyone part of the VC4Africa community, would like to congratulate the selected entrepreneurs for their achievement. We count on you to make waves in Nairobi!
Cross- posted from : VC4Africa Blog
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KENYA STARTUPS at 22:07:25PM Saturday, September 29, 2012
The selection of 40 demos left 150 ndemos in the limbo. Thats why Africa cannot succeed.What is needed is each region or country to promote their own startupsReply
instead of compining the entire continent into one.
KENYA STARTUPS at 02:47:01AM Wednesday, October 10, 2012
My concern is that alot of people tend to think that Start-ups refer to tech start-ups. Startups is any new business and it does not have to be a tech related. Unfortunately we in Africa tend to follow the western countries defination of startups thats why we had to choose 40 tech related out of 150. We need to promote all startups not just tech related like they do in western countries.Reply
In USA, Every state has their own Startup accelerator. Thats what is needed in Africa. Every country should independently promote their own startups and include non tech startups too in the list.
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