At Impact Hub, we believe in creating a conducive environment for our members to grow their enterprises as well as learn from those around them. A key component to our efforts is partnerships, most of which expose the communities we work in to opportunities that would have otherwise passed them or seemed inaccessible. One such opportunity is Seedstars. Seedstars Global is a competition that gives startups from emerging markets an opportunity to scale their businesses through training sessions and a chance to pitch at the global summit for equity investment. This year, Seedstars partnered with various incubators in Africa and among them were Impact Hub Harare, Accra and Mali. Let’s take a look at the finalists.
In Bamako the finals were held on 14 September. The competition was stiff in Bamako but the 3 enterprises that made the cut are well deserving. ESenè is an on-board system that collects soil moisture to provide water and fertilizer for crops. NG SYSTEM is an innovative company specialized in the design of web and mobile solutions including smartphones (iPhone, Android, etc.) and tablets. WE’RE SOLUTION is a Start-up, offering ICT-based solutions with a very specific resolution process.
Accra held its finals on 12 September and the winners are true reflection of Ghana’s agribusiness, event and health innovation prowess. AgroCenta is solving age-old problems by introducing an online sales platform that connects smallholder farmers directly to an online market, which has wider geographic size, to sell their commodities. Kenko Doctor uses on-demand and differed demand models and technologies to make Doctors available anytime and anywhere. JamJar is a creative agency that is dedicated to providing affordable. Innovative and locally sourced concepts in their events and design aesthetics.
Harare winners were announced after a long time of deliberating probably because there were so many impressive pitches to choose from. The national winner, MyRunner is an innovative solution that offers bus travelers ease of access travel from ticketing and payments, real time sales reports and customer feedback. Munch is a tech based, logistics and online food ordering company that connects hungry food lovers with local restaurants in their city. Equities Nest is a platform that helps individuals get started on the African stock markets. In a unique development, Commonground, a mobile networking application that connects African students across campuses was awarded as the best learner prize. Tipstar, an online aggregator of stories from citizen journalists won the Civic Tech award. Instead of 3 startups going to the regional Seedstars summit, Harare has 5 startups going!
This year’s regional summit will be held in Maputo Mozambique on the 14th of December. On 12 April 2018, ESenè, AgroCenta and MyRunner will be a part of the global Seedstars summit in Switzerland where they will compete with other local winners for equity investment of up to $1,000,000 and be crowned Seedstars World Global Winner. The teams will also have breakout sessions, panel discussions and specialized workshops on fintech, edtech, digital health, agritech, IoT, hardware, social networking, clean tech – and much more.