The ten selected startups who were drawn from such diverse fields as eCommerce, fintech, agritech, and a number of other sectors, will now be fancying their chances of following in the footsteps of last year’s winners; Numida, who won the local round and subsequently represented Uganda at the Seedstars World Global Summit previous time out.
The Seedstars World competition is widely regarded as one of the largest seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, and for good reasons too. Seedstars is committed to furthering the growth of emerging startup ecosystems by unearthing some of the most promising early-stage enterprises within these markets and providing them with the resources, as well as the enabling environment to further develop their products and scale.
Now, here are the ten startups that have far advanced to the finals of Seedstars Kampala and will be looking to do battle, having made it past the pre-selection stage on account of their satisfactorily fulfilling a number of criteria specified by Seedstars.
2ambale Limited: A mobile solution which enables users to get outfits and clothing from stores around the city within an hour and at no extra cost.
Agro Supply Uganda Limited: A platform that is dedicated to the financing of agricultural technologies through mobile micro savings.
Bringo Fresh Deliveries: A solution that is designed to assist farmers in easily accessing organized markets for their fresh produce.
CoinPesa Ltd: A digital currency exchange built for the users of the emerging crypto market.
Digi Health Limited: A data gathering and report generating app that has the potential to improve data management amongst community health workers.
Mallan Co. Limited: This startup is proposing an emergency payment option with its product called YakaKo Pay, which affords users electricity/power on credit. It is designed to help users enjoy uninterrupted power supply.
Medical Street International Co. Ltd: An online eCommerce platform which makes a wide range of medical supplies and products easily available to health consumers with significant discounts on pricing.
OlyCash: A simple, affordable and scalable tool for use in local and international eCommerce, as well as non-physical cash settlements.
Quest Digital Finance: A platform that has set its sights on granting farmers and traders easy access to credit facilities by leveraging mobile and web-based tools that are attuned to the needs of local communities.
Digital Health Access: This startup connects people to healthcare professionals and providers by means of a mobile and web app.
Immediate past winners, Numida, are fondly remembered for their innovative solution which incorporated the building of a trusted suite of business and financial products tailored to meet the needs of African MSMEs.
Winners Of The 2017 Edition: Numida
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Amongst the notable personalities that will form the jury at this year’s competition are CK Japheth; Team Leader at Innovation Village, Otim Gerald; Founder and Leader of Ensibuuko, Takuma Terakubo; Founder and CEO of Leapfrog Ventures, as well as Maryam Mgonja; Seedstars Associate for East Africa.
The latest edition of the Ugandan leg of the competition can be considered the result of concerted efforts between Seedstars World and Outbox Hub; the Ugandan tech hub that is expected to host the pitch event slated for this Friday. Seedstars Regional Partner for Africa, Merck, are also known to have weighed with considerable support.