30 startups make it to the finals of Demo Africa

30 startups have been selected to pitch at the finals of Demo Africa, one of the flagship initiatives of LIONS@frica and described as the “launchpad for emerging technology and trends”.

Following calls for applications, over 723 applications from 46 countries were received with 131 selected in the first adjudication round.

The next round saw that number pruned down to 50 startups and thereafter the final 30. Out of the 30, South Africa is represented by 11 startups, Nigeria 6, Kenya 5 and Ghana 3.

For the first time Morocco will have a representative in the competition. Other countries include Egypt, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda.

“The entries this year certainly kept up with the DEMO Africa spirit to produce innovative and creative ideas that are bound to transform the technology landscape and we are excited by the growth of innovation and technological advancement in Africa as portrayed by our finalists,” said Harry Hare, DEMO Africa Executive Producer.

The 30 startups have products in 11 verticals including logistics, retail, e-commerce, education, banking and finance, media, renewable energy, health and agriculture.

Banking and financial technologies had the highest number of entries followed by media, e-commerce and education. Click HERE for a full list of the startups!

The 30 startups will launch their products at the DEMO Africa platform in Johannesburg, South Africa on 25 & 26 August, 2016.

The event will attract Venture capitalists, angel Investors, investment fund managers tech buyers, entrepreneurs, innovation supporters & media from various parts of the world.

The event is supported by the LIONS@frica Partners, City of Johannesburg, and the South African Department of Science and Technology. Other partners include Google, The World Bank, and African Technology Foundation.

Launched in 2012 in Nairobi, DEMO Africa aims to connect African startups to the global ecosystem. SimbaPay, a leading digital money transfer provider, won the 2015 edition of the event.