The past few months have been abuzz with activities leading up to this year’s DEMO Africa finals slated for October, in Casablanca, Morocco. From innovation roadshows to city tours that ended with virtual adjudications, the build-up to the DEMO Africa Casablanca event has undoubtedly reached a fever pitch.
As part of activities to herald the grand event, DEMO Africa have just shortlisted thirty (30) startups who are now eligible to take part in the 2018 edition of the annual conference, which is barely two months away.
WeeTracker earlier reported that following successful spells in Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa, this year’s edition of DEMO Africa will be coming to North Africa for the first time with the Kingdom of Morocco billed to play host. In what will be the seventh edition of the annual event, all roads lead to Casablanca this October as the selected finalists will be afforded the opportunity to present their technologies and solutions to the ecosystem.
Le Studio Arts in Casablanca will form the walls within which the selected startups who form Africa’s current crop of innovators and problem-solvers that are breaking from the norm by looking inwardly for solutions to some of the continent’s problems and expanding the frontiers of entrepreneurship, technology, and social impact, will be showcasing and serving up their offerings. Without further ado, behold the thirty finalists that made the cut.
Accounteer (Nigeria): Accounteer is a cloud-based accounting platform that allows SMEs to create invoices, track expenses and receive online payments.
ADN Corp (Senegal): ADN is building applications to help African companies to improve their sales, marketing, and finance operations with decision support analytics systems.
Atlan Space (Morocco): Atlan Space is an Artificial Intelligence-based drone technology that tracks illegal fishing in African waters.
Brayfoil Technologies (South Africa): Brayfoil is a patented wing design that is a first in aerodynamic engineering. The technology allows planes to take off in a shorter distance, fly further and faster on less fuel and improves safety by a massive margin.
Casky (Morocco): Casky is the world’s first BlockChain based, Artificial Intelligence platform that offers users a chance to earn an appreciative asset/income by driving safely via a rewards-based system.
Chefaa Medicine Delivery (Egypt): Chefaa Medicine Delivery is a mobile medical application that allows users to order, refill and receive prescriptions seamlessly.
CLoud9XP (Kenya): Cloud9xp.com is a web and mobile platform where experience providers list their leisure experiences for exposure and manage bookings across travel categories and styles.
Complete Farmer (Ghana): An application that provides remarkable and innovative agribusiness solutions that enhance productivity, increase profitability and amplify competitive advantages across the agricultural value chain.
Dabchy (Tunisia): Dabchy is a fashion e-commerce marketplace for the Arab world.
Devless (Ghana): Devless is a simplified data repository for DevOps environments.
Hawkar (Tunisia): Hawkar is a smart electric car for physically handicapped persons.
Zuoix (Cameroon): ZOOMED (Zuoix Object Oriented Motor Electronic Device) is an SMS based car security system that does not require any form of internet connectivity to locate, immobilize and geofence cars.
Kourtim (Morocco): Kourtim is a logistics management system that provides real-time monitoring to all the stages of road freight transport.
Lula (South Africa): Lula is a Mobility-as-a-Service platform that connects stakeholders across cities, municipalities, and countries.
Maurice Communications (Cote D’Ivoire): A wearable technology company that provides health-tech solutions targeted towards emergency response, data collection and information dissemination for medical and emergency personnel.
Moldiag (Morocco): Moldiag is an R&D spin-off of the leading research lab that is focused on superior medical diagnostics.
Niotek (Egypt): Niotek is an Artificial Intelligence platform that enables implementation of Smart Factories, Smart Products, and Smart Services.
Qualitrace (Ghana): QualiTrace provides traceability and anti-counterfeiting solutions to the prevalence of fake products on the market.
Redbird (Ghana): Redbird partners with local pharmacies to provide rapid test technology for chronic and acute conditions, enabling them to expand their business, and giving patients a convenient way to monitor their health, wherever they are.
Regenize (South Africa): Regenize is a recycling collections company which rewards people for recycling and also educates them about the benefits of recycling.
Smarth (Algeria): Smarth provides innovative analytical and predictive solutions for any problem involving massive amounts of data.
Sote (Kenya): Sote is an information logistics platform built to integrate an array of logistics services across the continent to form a single supply web.
Tempest Gold (Botswana): The Tempest Gold app allows users to search for properties, connect directly with the buyer/seller and eliminate the middleman.
Termii (Nigeria): Termii helps businesses stay profitable by driving customer loyalty across multiple marketing channels.
Toufoula (Tunisia): Toufoula Kids is a multi-language Ludo-educational platform offered in Arabic, French, and English for young children. The mobile app is linked to a smart printed magazine by Augmented Reality with the aim of reducing children’s addiction to screens.
Travelbudds (France): Travelbudds is the social network for young, mobile, connected, travelers looking for the most authentic ways to discover the world and share their experiences.
VertoFX (London): Verto is a decentralized, business to business currency liquidity provider and price discovery marketplace.
Voxera (Egypt): VoxEra is a revolutionary device that provides travelers with a mobile roaming service that is similar to telecoms but at much lower prices.
WeflyAgri (Cote D’Ivoire): A drone based agritech solution that helps farmers to monitor their farms remotely and identify inefficiencies in production for better management of their land.
Zipora (Kenya): Zipora is a smart luggage innovation with a patent-pending zipper that is breach-proof, and a security device that makes any zipped luggage smart. The smart device comes with a GPS tracker, a tensioner, and a vibration sensor to monitor luggage handling and breach attempts.
The thirty finalists will also participate in a six-week virtual boot camp as part of preparations for the stakeholder engagements that are expected to dominate the main event. Also embedded in the program is a two-day physical boot camp which will lay the groundwork for the grand finale.
Out of these thirty finalists, five startups that are adjudged to hold the most potential in terms of scaling across Pan-African and international markets and have distinguished themselves with regards to product-market understanding, team play, and commercially-viable technology, will then proceed to Silicon Valley next year for the [email protected] Innovation Tour.
The DEMO Africa event is also expected to draw attendance from global investors and luminaries, as well as African venture capitalists, angel investors, and major players in the ecosystem. The African Business Angels Network (ABAN) is also billed to kickstart the DEMO Africa 2018 showcase with the hosting of a two-day roundtable that will feature quality interactions and networking amongst stakeholders.