Top 40 Startups To Launch At First-Ever DEMO Africa Conference

At the first-ever DEMO Africa conference to be held in Nairobi, Kenya in October, some 40 of the most innovative technology companies from Africa would launch their products to the world.

The start-up companies were selected from over 500 applications by a pan-African panel of judges including entrepreneurs, VCs and Academia and they cover five categories — Social Media, Cloud Services, Mobile, Consumer and Enterprise Technologies — from South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Egypt, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

Here are the top 40 start-ups to launch at DEMO Africa:

Balefyre is the sole supplier of it’s patented USSDx – USSD over IP server and emDial application.

Crowdpesa allows merchants to manage customer notifications and rewards on an intuitive dashboard.

dash2do is an online service for errand runners, private drivers, cash delivery, travel bookings and more. is a social TV platform that lets TV viewers everywhere discuss around their favorite TV shows, in real-time.

eLimu is an Android application for children in the Kenyan Primary School education system.

Eskimi is a mobile social network to meet new people in Africa.

Evly is a Software-as-a-Service that can be used by organisations to “constructively engage” their stakeholders.

ExpenZa takes the hassle out of expense tracking by automating as much of the process as possible.

Firestring will find the right information for you when you need it.

Framework One is a Cloud-Based bespoke development and business process automation using CloudCore.

Gigham makes it easy to discover, promote & monetize events.

Hewani™ Retail enables consumers to shop for goods and services.

iPay is an innovative payments processing solution and payment gateway for Africa.

Kivuko is an online shopping gateway, enabling vendors to sell and deliver products directly to customers.

KKYB is an online platform that crowd-sources writing and design services online.

Kuza is a mobile, location-based business platform for feature phones.

Kuzima allows you as a consumer to shame and praise companies that provide you with services.

Kytabu is a texbook subscription application on a low cost tablet.

Lipisha enables small business owners to automatically process non cash payments and micropayments.

Maliyo Games makes interactive multimedia content, published for web and mobile distribution.

Meka is the industry innovator in comparison shopping, price and product reference.

m-KAZI is a mass market job search application accessed by mobile phone and online.

Mlouma is a web and mobile service that allows farmers and agribusiness to make decisions.

Mobiflock, we want children to have all the benefits of a mobile phone, while still staying safe.

mPawa is a mobile job matching application developed for the blue collar recruitment sector of Africa.

MPAYER is a mobile and web application that enables businesses to manage income and expenses.

MPrep helps kids learn, review, compete and collaborate through accessible mobile applications.

MTI offers the newest level in IT Support. With this app, you can get support no matter where you are in the world.

mTRACKER is a menu-driven mobile application that runs on Series40 and Android platforms.

mVerified is a verification tool that can be accessed online or via mobile.

MyOrder is the easy way to order from shops around you for delivery or pick-up.

OzinboPay is a mobile payment gateway that enables merchants within West Africa.

People Input is an African APPs store targeting general public and businesses.

Prowork is a project management and team collaboration app.

Qabila is a media content creator that capitalizes on crowd-sourcing and digital media.

Rasello helps businesses manage better consumer communication via SMS.

SasaAfrica, an e-commerce platform that connects craftswomen in developing countries.

SkillPod Media is a South African based game solutions provider.

TaxTim is an online virtual tax assistant who asks you simple questions in plain language.

Virtual Bank is a payment service for those without credit cards, bank accounts and those who want a cheap alternative.

The DEMO Africa event will be at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi, from the 24th to 26th of October 2012 and will attract venture capitalists, angel investors, investment fund managers, tech buyers, entrepreneurs, innovation supporters and media.

DEMO Africa is one of the flagship initiatives of LIONS@frica and aims to connect African startups to the global ecosystem.

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