Kenya’s Nafasi among African firms set to showcase at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal




This year’s Web Summit opens in Lisbon, Portugal from next Monday, November 4, 2019 and runs till Thursday November 7, 2019. This year the event has seen more participation from the African continent than previous editions. From top speakers to startups set to compete among some of the world’s most highly innovative companies, here’s what is on the agenda for attendees:

Startup Showcase
Startup Showcase is an all-new stage at Web Summit 2019, with seven startups from across Africa set to take the stage this year. Here are the 7 startups:

Nafasi (Kenya) – Nafasi is a global social enterprise platform where trust (blockchain) meets opportunity (supporting job creation in the developing world).

Bonako Games (Cape Verde) – Bonako Games Arena, the future of African digital games. The firm hopes to change the rules of the video games market.

Complete Farmer (Ghana) – An end-to-end digital agriculture platform that makes it easy for industries to source for food raw materials and for anyone to own a farm.

Botme (Egypt) – Botme is a chatbot building platform that helps businesses to turn conversations into sales.

Takestep (Egypt) – Takestep is the first addiction virtual treatment facility, that connects the stakeholders of the addiction recovery process.

Ovarc (Egypt) – Ovarc jump starts your business kitchen in Africa. The firm also has a Tangle-powered automation software to help clients.

Expat.com (Ghana) – Expat.com is the largest support network for expatriates, helping 2.6 million members make their expat project a success.

This year, Web Summit will welcome 41 startups from 13 countries in Africa. The five most represented countries are; Egypt (14), Angola (5), Nigeria (5), Rwanda (3), Kenya (3) and Tunisia (3). Fintech startups have the highest representation of Africam startups, followed by eCommerce and Retail, and Enterprise Software Solutions.

PITCH 
PITCH is the startup competition at Web Summit that brings together the world’s leading early-stage startups for a live on-stage battle. Of the near to 900 applications, 135 have been shortlisted to compete for the winning title.

From those selected, a startup from Angola, Apply, has made it to the competition. Appy is building bridges between people and healthcare services. Users can book appointments, order medicines and subscribe for health insurance.

Web Summit is annual technology conference held in Lisbon, Portugal. Founded in 2009, by Paddy Cosgrave, David Kelly and Daire Hickey, Web Summit was originally held in Dublin, Ireland, until 2016, when it moved permanently to Lisbon, Portugal. Web Summit runs events throughout the world including F.ounders, RISE Conference in Hong Kong, Collision in Toronto, SURGE in Bangalore and MoneyConf in Dublin.

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