Meet The Finalists Of Daikin – Samurai Incubate Ideathon- Airtech Bootcamp Africa Event

By  |  December 10, 2019

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.

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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:

  1. Ajobank (Nigeria) is a P2P mobile lending app that gives low- and middle-income earners access to collateral and interest-free loans.

  2. eMotion (Senegal) is an app technology that will create a network of Solar Powered Electric Minibus services to fight issues around mobility and pollution.

  3. Innovative Clan (Cameroon) is a software company that has FinTech solutions tailored to the African market to digitise its economy.

  4. 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.

  5. Neopetra (Morocco) is a clean-tech startup developing green building solutions as an adaptation measure to climate change.

  6. Siyon-Jay Premium Company (Nigeria) is a company that helps introduce and sell new products and services into the African markets.

  7. Toolboksi (Tanzania) is a platform that matches households and businesses with verified handymen for various repair, maintenance and installation services.

  8. Worknasi (Tanzania) is an online platform for listing, renting and managing coworking spaces, shared office spaces, full-service offices and meeting rooms.

  9. 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.

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