11 Tech Startup Finalists In The Seedstars Douala Competition

By Peter Pedroncelli AFKI Original Published: October 10, 2017, 7:04 am

The Seedstars Douala Competition served as the Cameroonian leg of the global early-stage startups competition for emerging markets.

The competition took place at the end of September, with 11 of the best startups vying to be the representative from Cameroon for the global final event next year.

Seedstars World, which describes itself as the world’s biggest startup competition in emerging markets, holds these events in over 65 countries before winners are selected to take part in a grand final.

The winner of the Seedstars Douala Competition will now join other Seedstars country-winners at the final event in Switzerland during April next year, where it will deliver a pitch that could potentially earn the company up to $1 million in equity investments and prizes.

Here are the 11 tech startup finalists that were in consideration for the Seedstars Douala Competition.

Sources: Seedstars, Ventureburn, Outrepreneurs, VC4A.

Improving communication between patient and doctor is what Allodoc is all about. Photo: doctorswithoutborders

Allodoc

This web and mobile application links health professionals and the people in the communities who are in need of care, improving communication between doctors and their patients. The startup also promotes preventive medicine as a means to help communities to become healthier.

Bridge Africa Ventures is a Cameroonian startup. Photo - Bridgeafrica

Bridge Africa Ventures is a Cameroonian startup. Photo – Bridgeafrica

Bridge Africa Ventures

This communication platform, which is capable of working both on and offline, is aimed at businesses and allows users to create websites, access databases, and network through text messaging in order to grow their businesses.

Cloomify is a city guide app in Cameroon. Photo - The Hotjem

Cloomify is a city guide app in Cameroon. Photo – The Hotjem

Cloomify

Cloomify is a search engine startup that is focused on helping people to find out more about their surroundings. The city guide mobile application works even when the user does not have an internet connection.

Drone Technology

Drone technology is at the core of this company. Photo: wiki.usask.ca

Drone Africa

Building on a trend that is being seen across the world, Drone Africa aims to develop intelligent drones that will reduce mapping costs and improve security in Africa, touching on two of the many ways in which drones are positively impacting industries across the continent.

GiftedMom won the Seedstars Douala competition. Photo - Twitter.jpg

GiftedMom won the Seedstars Douala competition. Photo – Twitter.jpg

GiftedMom

E-health startup GiftedMom was the winner of Seedstars Douala. The medical support platform develops last-mile mobile health solutions geared at increasing maternal engagement in emerging markets through an artificial intelligence-based remote medical platform.

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Africa has experienced numerous crowdfunding success stories. Photo: crowdsourcing.org

Guanxi Investment

Guanxi Investment is a crowdfunding platform that is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs across Africa to find investors that will enable them to get their projects off the ground. By being visible online, these entrepreneurs are able to raise funds for their business activities.

Standard Bank

Much of the African population is unbanked. Photo: southafrica.jobsportal-career.com

iDjangui

iDjangui is a fintech startup that is aiming to bring traditional finance and modern financial institutions in Africa together, as there is little information for banks to use on the unbanked population, but this startup has a solution to change that.

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MyExpressTicket is an online bus booking platform.
Photo: lj&les.blogspot.com/CNN

MyExpressTicket

MyExpressTicket has developed an intra-urban real-time bus booking platform, allowing users to get their bus tickets online in the most convenient way, enabling more efficient public transport transactions.

fast food

Fast food delivered through Ratagrab, when Cameroonians want the food to come to them. Photo: youthvillage.co.za

Ratagrab

At a time when food delivery services around the globe, such as Delivery Hero and Mr Delivery, seem to be a popular trend, Cameroon is ensuring that it doesn’t miss out with its own version. Ratagrab is a digital fast food delivery platform in Cameroon.

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VIKI generates social media leads and automates engagement. Photo: AFP/VOANews

VIKI

VIKI is an artificial intelligence-based virtual sales assistant which generates leads from social media and automates engagement. Developed with business in mind, VIKI uses social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to generate leads, and the startup came third in the Seedstars Douala competition.

Save Our Agriculture supports small rural producers. Photo: addisinformer.blogspot.com

Save Our Agriculture

Agritech startup Save Our Agriculture came second in the Seedstars Douala competition. The startup combines fish farming with hydroponics to find solutions to logistics problems faced by small rural producers, saving them money, time and effort.

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