Yesterday in Nairobi, the African Regional Finals of the 1776 Challenge Cup, a worldwide tournament for the most promising, world-changing startups to win cash prizes, secure investments and much more, took place.
30 startups – three represented Nigeria – from Uganda; Ethiopia; Zimbabwe; Ghana; Morocco; South Africa, and Kenya went head-to-head in a bid to impress the judges and the audience in order to emerge winner.
After showcasing their innovations and businesses, the judges – Evan Burfield, Eddine Sarroukh, and Mercy Mutua – selected 5 promising startups as winners of the challenge.
In no particular order, the winners are described below:
GoMobile is a Moroccan startup that uses existing technologies to create innovative products, allowing unconnected communities to enjoy the benefits of new technologies. Intellitel; Animatel; and Ziggi are some of its products.
Zeepay is a Ghanaian startup focused on providing integrated mobile payment services with mobile wallets targeting both the unbanked and banked population. Its objective is to bring the unbanked into the financial stream and easing payments and collections for the banked population.
Hakeeme is a Moroccan startup that designed the “Hakeeme armband” to measure the pulse and body temperature and keep track of vital sings to improve the life of manual labourers in the Arabic world and beyond.
Moldiag by MAScIR, a Moroccan organization with a mission to promote scientific research and technological development.
Moringa Schools from Kenya is where top quality teachers use a world-class curriculum to teach high-potential, pro-active students how to code with mentors supporting them in the process.
All five startups have booked their place at the Challenge Cup Global Finals, which will take place in June 2016 in Washington DC.
At the finals, the five startups will compete with other Regional winners from across the world for the grand prize of US$175,000 in cash and up to US$1million in investment.
During the week-long Finals, all the startups will attend workshops and personalized meetings with customers, partners and investors.
Twiga Foods, a mobile-based fruits supply platform for Africa’s retail outlets, kiosks and market stalls won the the Challenge Cup Global Finals in May, 2015.
The Challenge Cup was started by 1776, a global business incubator and seed fund, to identify and invest into startups that are tackling challenges in industries that are of utmost importance to the world such as education, food, transportation, energy and so on.