This post was updated on February 29, 2016.
Since May 2015, Seedstars World, a Switzerland-based startup competition that takes place in emerging markets, has been travelling around Africa in search of the best startups to invest into.
The search for the best startup in Africa was done through its exclusive startup competition which will bring all the winning startups to Geneva, Switzerland to compete with other regional winners from across the world for a slice of the US$1.5 million earmarked for investment.
Seedstars World startup competition has successfully taken place in 14 African cities and all the startups flying to Switzerland next year for the global finals of the competition are now known.
In case you haven’t been following, here are the winning startups!
Maputo, Mozambique: Moovi.
Moovi is a web/mobile platform that lets anyone create relevant events within their surrounding community. It is as simple as “thinking, planning and tapping” and Moovi unlocks all your desired experiences!
Johannesburg, South Africa: Giraffe.
Giraffe is a revolutionary new mobile recruitment tool that aims to reduce unemployment in South Africa.
NB: Winners of Seedstars Cape Town – NicheStreem, Custos, Azimuth, mySOS and RedFish, competed in Seedstars Johannesburg.
Lagos, Nigeria: MyQ.
MyQ is a mobile application that provides queue management, passenger loading and ticketing services to the transportation industry.
Accra, Ghana: Asoriba.
Asoriba is a web and mobile application that enables effective church administration for leaders, and seamless engagement with members.
Abidjan, Ivory Coast: Airshop.
Airshop is a platform that enables travellers to pre-order items online and pick them up at duty-free shops whenever they’re on the road. Simply put, Airshop is a “marketplace for duty-free shopping.
Kigali, Rwanda: Mergims.
Mergims is a mobile application that connects migrants back to merchants in their countries of origin so they can buy stuff for relatives at home.
Kampala, Uganda: IntershipUG.
IntershipUG is a package forwarding service unlocking the US and UK, providing consolidation and allowing various shipping methods.
Nairobi, Kenya: Illuminum Greenhouses.
Illuminum Greenhouses creates a limitless integrated solar-powered farm automation system with sensors controlled via SMS from the farmers’ mobile phone.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Ahadootec.
Ahadootec provides African students access to curriculum-mapped content both online and offline through Fidel, a native Android app and web app.
Luanda, Angola: Jobartis.
Jobartis combines traditional and market-specific job-board features to develop the number one online job portal in Angola.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Juabar.
Juabar is a network of mobile solar electricity stores that provide phone charging services and distribute energy products as a point of sale.
Dakar, Senegal: VoLo.
VoLo makes healthcare easily accessible and affordable in Africa using its VTIP Health product.
Gaborone, Botswana: Modisar.
Modisar is a precision livestock farming app that helps to manage farm animals, farm finances and farm resources.
Update: Seedstars World startup competition took place in Egypt and Algeria on December 13 and 17, 2015 respectively. I missed both events for inexplicable reasons. The winning startups are:
Cairo, Egypt: SolarizEgypt.
SolarizEgypt is a solar power provider that uses customized solutions to provide a balanced cost/value proposition to an emerging market.
Algiers, Algeria: IOGrow.
IOGrow is a CRM for social selling, integrated with linkedin, Twitter and Gmail.
One Moroccan startup, selected during Seedstars Africa holding in January 2016 in Casablanca, Morocco, will join the other 13 winners to compete with their counterparts from across the world at the global finals.
Update: OmniUp Ads, an innovative advertising solution on smartphones: free wi-fi service on public places against video ads & web interaction, won the Moroccan leg of the Seedstars World startup competition that took place during Seedstars Africa in January, 2016.
It suffice to say “It’s Africa against the world.” Good luck guys!