10 Tech Startup Finalists In The Seedstars Harare Competition
The Seedstars Harare Competition served as the Zimbabwean leg of the global early-stage startups competition for emerging markets took place at the end of October, with 10 of the best startups vying to be the representative from Zimbabwe 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 Harare 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 10 tech startup finalists that were in consideration for the Seedstars Harare Competition.
This is a peer-networking mobile application called Commonground that allows university students to share projects, ideas, and opportunities for the benefit of all involved, advancing learning and building a sense of student community.
Fintech startups continue to dominate many of the Seedstars regional competitions across Africa, and that remained the case in Zimbabwe. Badala is a payment gateway that facilitates payments through a digital wallet, making it easier for a business’ customers to complete transactions and pay for goods and services.
Equities Nest.org is an investment platform investors can use to navigate African stockmarkets. The startup came third in the Seedstars Harare competition. The platform aims to allow users access to stockmarkets across the continent through a few clicks online, spreading awareness of stock investments and assisting in wealth creation.
FundoLinker is a student support platform through which schools, companies, skilled people and donors are able to work together in order to provide career guidance, financial help, information and jobs to students through the building of skills.
JMP Africa is an energy startup specializing in distributed energy through on-site generation solutions. What this means is that the Zimbabwean tech startup aims to create value for the private and public sector through sustainable power generation, waste processing and green construction initiatives.
Another popular trend in tech startups across the globe that have appeared through many Seedstars competitions in Africa is food delivery, and Munch is the Zimbabwean version of this. The online food delivery mobile app emerged as the second-placed startup in the Harare contest, allowing users to find restaurants near to their location and have food delivered to them after transacting through the app.
The winner of the Seedstars Harare competition, myRunner is an online bus ticket booking platform and app that gives users useful functionality. The startup offers bus reviews, bookings and even live tracking of where each bus is in the system. myRunner will travel to Switzerland next year as Zimbabwe’s representatives at the Seedstars World competition.
Promoplus, a cloud-based messaging platform built by Shirishanu, is the first text and social media platform in Zimbabwe that is fully cloud-based. The system is cheaper than the current text polling and campaign systems available in Zimbabwe, and it is easy to set up, improving upon available systems which require extensive resources to install and are not remotely accessible.
Tipster aims to be a news-sharing platform that looks to empower anyone with access to a smartphone, turning that person into an amateur journalist. In the words of the company, Tipster is democratising the news making process by placing the power of the media into the hands of the ordinary person.
Plan My Wedding
Plan My Wedding is a dedicated platform that allows couples to plan and manage their wedding, with functionality that assists those planning a wedding to take care of all elements of the day’s festivities, from logistics to invitations, with costs calculated and displayed on the platform for ease of budgeting.
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