The wait is over; the list of nine finalists of the Daikin – Samurai Incubate Ideathon, who will pitch their ideas at Nairobi tomorrow, is out.
Daikin, one of the leading air – conditioning companies in the world, wants to find their next partners, here in Africa through this competition. The event is a joint initiative between Daikin and Samurai Incubate Africa Inc.
“With WeeTracker as our outreach partner, the Ideathon had 160+ African startups applying for the pitch event, out of which 9 finalists have been shortlisted after interviews and discussions,” said Rena Yoneyama, Managing Partner, Samurai Incubate Africa Inc.
Amongst the finalists, Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania have equal representation with 2 participants from each country.
The winner of the Airtech Bootcamp Africa event will have a chance to work on a project, fully covered by Daikin. The participants or the winner of the Ideathon may also stand a chance to receive USD 100K -150K in investment by Samurai Incubate Africa.
It is amongst first and a unique opportunity for the African startups to scale their business ideas and get a chance to work with world’s renowned corporate.
The ten finalists (in alphabetical order) of the events are:
- Ajobank (Nigeria) is a P2P mobile lending app that gives low- and middle-income earners access to collateral and interest-free loans.
- eMotion (Senegal) is an app technology that will create a network of Solar Powered Electric Minibus services to fight issues around mobility and pollution.
- Innovative Clan (Cameroon) is a software company that has FinTech solutions tailored to the African market to digitise its economy.
- Marks Rate Limited (Kenya) is a crowd financing platform that allows small businesses to raise funds at a negotiated rate of return to finance their sales orders and obtain working capital from the general public.
- Neopetra (Morocco) is a clean-tech startup developing green building solutions as an adaptation measure to climate change.
- Siyon-Jay Premium Company (Nigeria) is a company that helps introduce and sell new products and services into the African markets.
- Toolboksi (Tanzania) is a platform that matches households and businesses with verified handymen for various repair, maintenance and installation services.
- Worknasi (Tanzania) is an online platform for listing, renting and managing coworking spaces, shared office spaces, full-service offices and meeting rooms.
- Weza Ventures (Kenya) is a platform that uses machine learning on mobile phone data to rapidly score credit-worthiness of customers for loans and access to goods in credit.