South Africa and Kenya make up bulk of DEMO Africa’s 2013 Top 40 finalists


LEFT-to-RIGHT: Ali Hussein (Left) one of the DEMO Africa Judges and DEMO Africa Executive Producer Harry Hare address the media to announce the list of the top 40 start-ups schedule to launch in October.
LEFT-to-RIGHT: Ali Hussein, a DEMO Africa Judge, and DEMO Africa Executive Producer Harry Hare address the media to announce the list of the top 40 start-ups schedule to launch in October.

Demo Africa, the launch pad for emerging technologies and trends, has announced the top 40 startups that will launch at the 2nd annual DEMO Africa event in October. The finalists were picked from a record 300 technology start-ups from 24 African countries that applied to launch at the event.

Out of the 40, South Africa will launch 12 start-ups, Kenya 9 while Nigeria and Egypt will launch 4 and 5 start-ups respectively. Tanzania had 2 qualifying start-ups while Ghana, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Uganda and Morocco will each have one project launching at the DEMO Stage.

South Africa and Kenya made the highest number entries in 5 categories -­ Social Media, Cloud Services, Mobile, Consumer and Enterprise Technologies – that make up the conference. Of these categories, 50% of the total entries fell under Mobile and Social Media/Computing including gaming while 20% were placed in the Cloud Computing and Enterprise Systems. The adjudication process which began in August also revealed that the Consumer category had the highest number of entries in the final 40 with 19 entries appearing in both the mobile and consumer category.

These categories had the highest number of entries, a strong indication of the current focus shift toward mobile telephony as a financially viable solution, as well as the impact of mobile phone penetration within the continent. Although the adjudication process was tough, the DEMO team agreed to work with the finalists to prepare them for the main event.

The DEMO Africa 2013 conference, to take place from 24th-25th October, will attract venture capitalists, angel Investors, investment fund managers, tech buyers, entrepreneurs, innovation supporters & media from various parts of the world. “The 2013 DEMO Africa entrepreneurs are selected in cooperation with the venture capital community VC4Africa and other partners.

The DEMO Africa event provides a platform for innovative ideas and local tech start-ups looking for opportunity to nurture their skills and get exposure on the global stage.

Below are the companies that have been invited to launch at the DEMO Africa 2013 stage in October.


Name Venture






1 Eventtus Eventtus is a networking platform for events where users can explore events and socialize with like minded people during events. we build a community for each event and help organizers and attendees interact before, during and after events. Ahmed Shreef Egypt
2 A new social recruiting platform built on top of automatic data integration from multiple social networks to facilitate the recruiting process for both job-seekers and recruiters. Ahmed El.Hussaini Egypt
3 ViViFi  Touch sticker technology is a new human-object interface that is capable of transforming all non-conductive surfaces with limited thickness (wood, glass, etc.) into touch sensors or screens. Ahmed Darwish Egypt
4 Faselty  Online donation organizing system to facilitate the blood donation process. Mobile integrated. Location and blood type based. Samar Ali Egypt
5 Spyros Entertainment  “Spyros Entertainment” is a video gaming studio specialized in mobile games, our main target is to provide Hardcore gamers (those who play on PS, and Xbox) with Midcore games that fit the experience -both from the perspectives ofGameplay complexity, and Graphics richness- they used to get on their consoles. Ramez Mokhtar Egypt
6 Dibsr  An online community for sharing the things and places you love. Tewodros Wondimu Ethiopia
7 BoxBuzz  BoxBuzz is an SMS alert system which sends text message to owners of Post Office Box addresses whenever they receive a letter in their boxes. Maximus Ametorgoh Ghana
8 Chamasoft  Chamasoft is a simple to use web and mobile application which will help investment groups and chamas to manage all their group activities and communications. Martin S. Njuguna Kenya
9 Gmobile  GMobile is a set of proprietary apps for all smartphone operating systems- Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Symbian and Windows. It is a softphone running on your current smartphone. Peter M. Maina Kenya
10 Dinero MPS  We provide a multi-os software platform that allows Chamas to manage their offerings and members to hold and manage their balances on their phones. Ken Griffith Kenya
11 SleepOut.Com  SleepOut is the region’s most comprehensive booking engine featuring 1,000+ options, listing all accommodation from beach huts to house rentals and all-inclusive resorts. Johann Jenson Kenya
12 Wireles Mobile Phone Charger  This charger works using pressure, as you walk you generate pressure that in turn generates energy, once you have arrived where you were going you can now sit down and charge your mobile phone.” Anthony Mutua Kenya
13 Duma  DUMA Works is an SMS-based recruiting service that connects employers with the top qualified job seekers in the DUMA network. We match based on skill, geographic location, past employer reviews, and social network. Arielle Sandor Kenya
14 Jooist  Jooist is a social gaming network for mobile phones. Jooist enables users to discover games, play with friends, compare scores, share achievements and a whole lot more. Martin Waliaula Makokha Kenya
15 Remote Cycle RemoteCycle is the Recurly of the emerging markets; the software as a service provides recurring billing and payment management for subscription-based companies in East Africa and India. Adam Walker Kenya
16 The Able Wireless Company  Able Wireless wants to take the potential of these people and deploy an edge of network solution that delivers content over a wireless network through a secure device, reducing 83% of capital and operational costs for current network providers, creating a legitimate distribution system with real infrastructure on the ground with the best support structures nationwide. Kahenya Kamunyu Kenya
17 Next Level  Next Level is an engineering start-up specialized in developing electronic Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). El Aboudi Moaad Morocco
18 Save & Buy Save & Buy is a web and mobile platform that enables anyone save towards any item they desire in an easy to use, fun and safe environment. Hugo Obi Nigeria
19 ChopUP  ChopUp is a social platform that connects mobile device gamers across Africa and then allows them interact based on in-game achievements and points which can be transferred across games. Bayo Puddicombe Nigeria
20 OTGPlaya  OTGPlaya is an affordable platform solution that combines cutting edge networking technology, emerging market wisdom, and customer focused application to bring “accessibility” to critically underserved sectors. Modupe Ajibola Nigeria
21 RAMP  RAMP is a new innovative web app developed to simplify the management process of Resident Associations in Nigeria or anywhere in the world. Tunde Aguda Nigeria
22 Teranga Hospitality Suite  Teranga Hospitality Suite Moustapha Ndoye Senegal
23 Eduze  To provide everyone equal access to the learning, loving and LOLing that digital content offers. Charlie Beuthin South Africa
24 Fraudcracker offers an online technology solution to help companies identify and combat fraud. Gavin Symanowitz South Africa
25 Sstream-TV  Content aggregator and distributor via streaming platform across the African continent and focused on Southern Africa. Robert Arthur Marshal South Africa
26 Anasodiabitiz  Online management of diabetes where all stakeholders are involved. Helps people living with diabetes coordinate all aspects of their management. Chibuzo Anaso South Africa
27 Dream Mobile  Dream Mobile provides tailored communications solutions direct to consumers, and small and medium enterprises with a specialization in smart devices.We employ a dynamic business model that aims to solve 2 key problems the average Southern African consumer faces. Reza Handley-Namavar South Africa
28 GoMetro  GoMetro is a dynamic innovation, the first of its kind in South Africa, that provides real-time public transport information to commuters Alicia Swanson Ernstzen South Africa
29 Xtendevent  Xtendevent (formerly known as is an online platform that integrates virtual conferences and exhibitions, social media-styled business networking and e-commerce enabled trading. Stephen Oehley South Africa
30 Center for Affordable Housing  The organization has developed the “CityMark” dashboard, a web-based dynamic business intelligence tool that provides users with previously unavailable local housing market intelligence, in order to find areas of development opportunity, entice investment, inform public policy and better advocate for low income areas within African cities. Adelaide Steedley South Africa
31 Gmaven vis  The business worlds: most user-friendly business intelligence and analytics product Will Harris South Africa
32 Notafy  Notafy is set to revolutionise the way corporates communicate with their customers via mobile phone. Andrew Cook South Africa
33 Obami  We connect educators, learners, parents, businesses, NGO’s and governments. Barbara Mallinson South Africa
34 Zehoo  Zehoo is the next step of technological innovation in the cloud storage industry, which simplifies document storage services in ways unseen in the market. Robin Bayheck South Africa
35 Ubongo  UBONGO is a Tanzanian social enterprise that creates engaging and locally relevant multimedia content for learners in Africa. Nisha Ligon Tanzania
36 Karibu Solar Power  KARIBU Solar Power is an innovative solar social enterprise that makes high quality solar power affordable. Adam Camenzuli Tanzania
37 Famissima  Famissima is a social platform that connects families to each other and to products and services they need. Ahlem Bouchahda Tunisia
38 Sky Energy  Sky Energy is a renewable energy company with a focus on solar technology. Itai Hillary Zimwara Zimbabwe
39 M-Duka  M-Duka is an online platform that allows consumers to purchase virtual products and services on the GO using an internet enabled device such as a mobile phone, PC or POS. Suleiman Murunga Uganda
40 BrainShare  BrainShare is an academic application that offers a one-stop-centre for students revision. With brainshare, students can access well organised notes, ebooks and past papers. Charles Muhindo Uganda



Special Invitation

1 BasicWaterNeeds Basic Water Needs is recognized for its impact in the field of clean and safe drinking water for the Base of the Pyramid (BoP). Jens Groot Netherlands
2 Fairwaves Fairwaves makes it possible for small companies to start their own small mobile operator. Alexander Chemeris Russia

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